Windows 11 gets new Notepad with dark mode support

Microsoft pushes first preview of the new modern version of Notepad for Windows 11.

Notepad dark mode
Notepad dark mode
  • Microsoft releases a new version of Notepad.
  • The app is available as a preview in the Dev Channel.
  • The new Notepad has a new UI and dark mode support.
  • Update: The app is now available in the Beta Channel starting Jan 6, 2022.

The new Notepad app is now available through the Microsoft Store for Windows 11 devices enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. (See also the hands-on video with the new version of the app at the Pureinfotech YouTube channel.)

The new retains the familiar look like the classic version. However, you will notice new visual changes that align with the Windows 11 design language with rounded corners, the new dynamic Mica material that shines through the desktop colors, and more.

In this first preview, Notepad is getting new menus with the same options as before. On the right, you will see an option to access the settings page, where you can change the font and the most important feature, the theme color.

Notepad settings
Notepad settings

Yes, Microsoft has finally done it. The Notepad app now comes with dark mode support. By default, the app will respect the color more of Windows 11, but you can switch between the light and dark mode from the settings page. In addition, Notepad now also includes a new find and replace interface (Ctrl + F), and now there is support for multi-level undo.

Notepad find and replace

The new version of Notepad is only available for testers, but if you have a device enrolled in the Dev Channel, you can get it by checking for updates in the Microsoft Store app.

Update January 6, 2022: The redesigned version of Notepad is now available for devices enrolled in the Beta Channel of the Windows Insider Program.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].