Notepad is getting some improvements but it’s still not as good as alternatives

As Microsoft continues introducing new features and improvements to Windows 11, it’s becoming increasingly evident that maybe the operating system could have used more time in the oven.

To be clear, the operating system works but the list of features available right now is comparable to Windows 10 and in some instances Windows 10 is better and more feature rich.

The latest improvement coming to Windows 11 is to the Notepad app. Microsoft says it has redesigned Notepad for Windows 11 and the app now features a dark mode following a flurry of requests for the feature.

“To help you be more productive, we are introducing a redesigned find and replace experience and are also adding support for multi-level undo – another top community feature request,” writes principal program manager lead at Microsoft, Dave Grochocki.

The new Notepad is only currently available to Windows Insiders in the Dev channel and is currently plagued by a few problems. These include issues affecting keyboard access keys usage for when switching between different input languages or while using Japanese IME, and under certain circumstances, you may notice unexpected behaviour when using shift-click to select text or when scrolling. These will be addressed in a future update.

While these improvements are welcome for users who don’t use Notepad often, we don’t see the draw that will pull users away from alternatives such as Notepad++ which is designed for users who need to edit code in multiple languages.

Nice improvements Microsoft, but we’re still waiting for the ability to install Android apps on Windows. You know, one of the main features that you sold Windows 11 on that is stuck in testing with a small group of Windows Insiders.

We don’t recommend upgrading to Windows 11 until basic functionality such as having a clock on a second display and features promised at the launch are enabled. We also don’t recommend buying a Windows 11 licence as the operating system is currently available as a free upgrade from Microsoft.


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