How to Restore Notepad Documents from the Last Session in Windows 11



The latest version of Notepad on Windows 11 has introduced a new feature allowing users to continue work from an unsaved previous session or to open a new window. In addition to editing plaintext files, it can also preserve multiple open tabs after closing, which is particularly useful for users working on multiple files at…

This article describes opening Notepad from the previous session state or new windows in Windows 11.

Notepad is a generic text editor that one can use to create, open, and edit plaintext files. However, if you want to open or edit files containing special formatting, you will want to use WordPad instead.

The newest version of Notepad can save the session state on close. This means that if you have multiple tabs open in Notepad and you close the application without saving your work, the next time you open Notepad, all of your unsaved tabs will still be there, waiting for you to resume your work right where you left it.

This feature can be very helpful if you work on multiple files simultaneously and don’t want to lose your progress.

With the new settings, you can choose whether to open the Notepad app with open content from the previous session or in a new window.

Open Notepad from the previous session or in a new window

As mentioned above, the newest version of the Notepad app will allow users to relaunch the app with the previous session or in a new window.

This is gradually being released to systems enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Preview program. It may or may not be released to all users in the future.

Here’s how to turn it on or off.

First, open the Notepad app.

When the app opens, click the Settings (gear) button at the top right.

Open Notepad from previous session in Windows 11

On the Settings pane, select the When Notepad starts tile to expand it. Then, choose one of the available options:

  • Open content from the previous session
  • Open a new window
Notepad starts settings

When you are done, exit the Settings pane.

Notepad automatically saves your progress

That should do it!


This post showed you how to configure Notepad to automatically open from a previous session or in a new window on Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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