Leak reveals that the Notepad app in Windows 11 could get a tabbed interface

A Microsoft employee tweeted and then deleted a screenshot of Notepad’s internal structure featuring a tabbed interface

Windows 11 File Explorer recently got a tabbed interface added, but Microsoft might be toying with the idea of ​​adding this same feature to Notepad — if a leak ends up being true.

This new rumor is all based on a tweet from a senior product manager at Microsoft. In the tweet, the employee seemed to mention that this feature was new, announcing that “Notepad in Windows 11 now has tabs!” His tweet has since been deleted, but a screenshot of the original message has been captured by outlets like The Verge Or Windows Central which was made available by many other Windows fans over the Christmas weekend.

As shown below, without the secret warning message, you can see that the tabbed interface that Microsoft is testing internally in Notepad with its staff is very similar to File Explorer. There is a bar at the top for different tabs and a plus icon for opening new tabs. The original user showed a single inactive Notepad file in one tab, and an active file in a second tab, with the text “Open another file in a new tab.”

Tabs in the Windows 11 Notepad app

It’s not unusual for Microsoft to “dog feed” early builds of apps and services internally with employees. Combine that with the confidentiality warning, and there is reason to believe that this screenshot is indeed real and authentic. However, there is no word on when Microsoft plans to make the feature available to the public. It’ll have to ship to Windows Insiders for beta testing first, then everyone else. If anything, Microsoft will likely add this feature through one of the “Moment” updates for Windows 11, just as it did when it introduced the tabbed interface for File Explorer.

Longtime Windows Insiders may remember, though, that this tabbed feature for Notepad isn’t exactly new and fresh. With Windows 10, Microsoft explored the idea of ​​adding tabs to all system apps using a Windows Insider feature known as Groups. It was eventually scrapped, and it never made it to the final version of the operating system.

Source: Windows Central

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