By Delia / Last update February 24, 2022

New Notepad includes several RichEdit editing enhancements

Microsoft recently updated Windows 11 Notepad and made it available for download or upgrade in the Microsoft Store. Similar to other design updates in Windows 11, Notepad has received a smooth design makeover with support for WinUI, Dark Mode, font selection from Settings, and a new dedicated settings page, among others.

notepad dark mode

The new Notepad has been available for testing since last December, and Microsoft has decided to roll it out to users upgrading to Windows 11. This is the most important update in years, as it includes several standard RichEdit editing enhancements for writing performance support similar to that of Microsoft Word.

While migrating to the new version, Microsoft has ensured that RichEdit supports the features available in the classic application. For example, the "Show Unicode control characters" feature initially did not work in RichText, but has since been updated to support the new Unicode, including emoji and more.

show unicode control characters

Microsoft has officially confirmed that RichEdit has the same functionality that is loaded in Microsoft applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. To ensure that RichText works as expected, Microsoft has fixed various issues with the RichEdit plain text control not displaying.

You can expect faster updates and new features due to RichEdit functionality and the availability of Notepad in the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Notepad to be undocked from OS

Under the Windows 11 notepad article on Microsoft devblogs, a Microsoft employee replied: "Although it was challenging to ship the new Notepad with the Office RichEdit, we finally After more than 30 years, the text engine of Notepad has eventually undocked from the OS, making it possible for the Notepad to improve fast and steadily in the future. steadily in the future."


In the coming months, Microsoft will be adding new features to Notepad from its own products.