Notepad is the built-in text editor for all Windows versions. Users can create and edit plain text documents with the Notepad app. Microsoft redesigned the Notepad (as well as many other programs and features) in Windows 11 to improve user experience. How to find and use the new Notepad on Windows 11? MiniTool Solution tells you all.

Microsoft Has Redesigned Notepad for Windows 11

Microsoft first introduced Notepad as a multi-tool in 1983. The Notepad app is a simple mouse-based text editor for all versions of Windows systems. More than 30 years later, Notepad still hasn't been scrapped by Microsoft. On the contrary, Microsoft has redesigned this program in its new system. Like other apps and tools (File Explorer, Start menu, and so on), Notepad has also undergone some changes in Windows 11.

What are the changes of Windows 11 Notepad? Where is the Windows 11 Notepad app? How to find and use Notepad in Windows 11? Questions like these will be answered one by one in the following content.

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A New Notepad for Windows 11

Notepad in Windows 11 is a separate Store-updateable and optional app. Microsoft redesigned this app and added a number of changes to it to make it "feel fresh, but familiar".

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First: a new UI.

You can see a new command bar, the rounded corners (applied to menus, pop-ups, and other sections), Mica (a new design material that aligns the desktop wallpaper & background of Notepad with the Windows 11 personalization settings), and more in Notepad for Windows 11. The entire user interface of the new Notepad aligns with the new visual design of Windows 11.

Windows 11 Notepad new UI

Second: Fluent Design improvements.

Microsoft’s new Fluent design language is added to Windows 11 Notepad app, together with the new Windows 11 Notepad icon and typography. You can easily find the new Fluent redesign by looking at the Notepad window.

Third: dark mode.

The obvious new feature in the redesigned Notepad is the dark mode. Though the Notepad app will adapt to your system theme preferences by default in previous versions, now you’re able to switch between dark and light modes directly from the settings pane.

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Fourth: font settings.

The new Notepad Settings pane allows you to customize family, style, and size directly. Besides, you’re able to switch between classic and modern file editing experience conveniently.

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What about the Windows 11 Notepad location? How to find and use it on your Windows 11 device?

How to Open Windows 11 Notepad

I summarized 4 common ways to open Notepad for Windows 11.

One: open from Windows 11 Start menu.

  1. Click Start on the taskbar or press Start on the keyboard.
  2. Expand All apps.
  3. Go to the N section and click Notepad.
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Two: search for Notepad.

  1. Press Windows + S.
  2. Type notepad.
  3. Select Notepad under Best match or just press Enter.

Search for Notepad

Three: open via Run.

  1. Press Windows + R.
  2. Type notepad and press Enter.

You can also type notepad into these applications to open Windows 11 Notepad: Windows PowerShell and Task Manager (File -> Run new task).

Four: find Notepad manually.

Navigate to this Windows 11 Notepad location: C:\Windows\notepad. Please double click on the notepad.exe to open the app.

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