New Microsoft Notepad UI for Windows 11 accidentally revealed

Updated on Oct 11, 2021 11:47 AM IST  |  35.9K
Microsoft, Notepad, Windows 11, New updates
New Microsoft Notepad UI for Windows 11 accidentally revealed

According to screenshots posted by an alleged Microsoft employee, one of the most popular Windows apps will receive a major design upgrade later this year. Notepad, which has been separated as a separate Store-updateable and optional app in Windows 11, has been updated with a new command bar and Fluent Design enhancements.

Several apps are getting an update with a new look for Windows 11, and many more are expected to get updates in the coming weeks. Recently the new leaks of screenshots of Windows 11's new Media Player also surfaced and it appears that Notepad is also getting much-needed improvements, according to screenshots posted by a Microsoft engineer.

A Microsoft engineer accidentally leaked the new Notepad app on Twitter, and all screenshots were quickly removed after users flagged them. Notepad now has a Windows 11-inspired design with rounded corners, as shown in the screenshot below. Menus, pop-ups, and other areas of the app will have rounded corners.


Notepad incorporates Microsoft's new Fluent Design language, as well as new icons and typography. It appears to be receiving new animations as well as support for a dedicated settings page.

The new Fluent design can be seen all throughout the Notepad window, and Microsoft is also working on Mica material for the app. Mica is a new design material that matches the desktop wallpaper and app backgrounds to personalization settings in Windows 11, such as the accent colour.

According to Microsoft officials, this Mica effect can help distinguish between multiple instances of the app and will not cause performance issues.

Notepad now looks much cleaner, and it still has familiar features like File, Edit, and others. According to this leak, there are no new features, but Microsoft appears to be working on a new Notepad settings page.

The settings page has confirmed theme support, thus it is possible that dark mode and other themes will be available soon. Users will be able to toggle between dark and light modes directly from the Notepad settings.

On the new settings page, you'll be able to configure font settings (family, style, and size). You can also switch between classic and modern file editing experiences, which is useful if you're having trouble opening certain files.

The Notepad app will automatically receive new features and upgrades via the Microsoft Store, so users won't have to wait for new additions to be bundled with Windows 11 feature updates.

New Microsoft Notepad release?
It should be rolled out as an update

New Changes in Notepad
Fluent design, cleaner look, classic and modern file editing experiences, new settings page

According to Microsoft Mica is an opaque, dynamic material that incorporates theme and desktop wallpaper to paint the background of long-lived windows such as apps and settings.