Opening Files with Notepad in a New Tab or Window on Windows 11

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The new Notepad version for Windows 11, available for Microsoft Insider Preview program members, supports tabs, allowing users to manage multiple files in a single window. Users can customize whether files open in new tabs or a separate window by adjusting settings within the Notepad app.

This article explains the steps one can take to customize whether files open in new tabs or a new window in Windows 11.

Windows computers enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Preview program should begin to see a new version of Notepad that supports tabs.

The new tab function allows you to create, manage, and organize multiple files in a single Notepad window. You should also be able to work with files across multiple windows by dragging a tab out into its window.

Below is how to customize whether files open in new tabs or a new window by default.

Choose how to open new files in Notepad by default

As described above, the new Notepad has a tabs function that lets you create, manage, and organize multiple files in a single Notepad window.

You can customize whether files open in new tabs or a window by default; the steps below show you how to do that.

First, open the Notepad app.

Then click on the Settings (gear) button.

windows notepad settings button
Windows notepad settings button

When the Settings page opens, choose an option for the Opening files tile: 

  • Open in a new tab (default)
  • Open in a new window
windows notepad settings open new file options
Windows notepad settings open new file options

Exit the Settings page, and you are done.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2023/01/19/tabs-in-notepad-begins-rolling-out-to-windows-insiders/

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to customize whether files open in new tabs or a window by default. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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