What you need to know
- A screenshot of Windows Notepad’s internals has surfaced online
- The screenshot reveals a version of the app with tabs
- Notepad will be the latest app to get Windows 11 tabs after File Explorer
Earlier this year, Microsoft finally added tabs to File Explorer in Windows 11 after backlash from insiders who had been clamoring for it for years. The feature allows users to open multiple folders and directories under a single window, just like a web browser allows users to open multiple web pages under a single window.
Now that File Explorer has tabs, it looks like Microsoft wants to add the feature to another built-in Windows 11 app. A screenshot of an internal version of Notepad has been posted online, revealing the app’s new tabbed interface.
The screenshot was spotted in a since-deleted tweet by a Microsoft employee stating that the tabs feature is new. The screenshot shows a version of Notepad with a cryptic warning along the top that reads “Do not discuss features or take screenshots.”
Just like tabs in File Explorer (and most other tabbed applications), the tabs themselves appear along the top of the application and allow the user to open multiple .txt files in the same window. Assuming the feature is on track to ship at some point, it’s likely that this new version of Notepad will be announced for preview to Windows Insiders in the coming weeks.
Hopefully, this means that this new Notepad app will be officially introduced in the coming months, possibly with the upcoming Windows 11 Moment update. The inclusion of tabs in Notepad would be a nice addition for Notepad power users. The question now remains, which apps will Microsoft add tabs to?