The employee, a senior product manager at Microsoft, posted a photo of a tabbed version of Notepad, excitedly declaring that “Notepad on Windows 11 now has tabs!” , accompanied by an emoji.
The tweet was deleted a few minutes later, but not before Windows Central And several Twitter accounts of Windows fans discovered the error. Notably, the Notepad screenshot includes an internal warning from Microsoft that reads, “Confidential. Do not discuss app features or take screenshots.” The warning notes that the tabs feature is still in early internal testing at Microsoft, but also that Notepad tabs could reach Windows Insiders sometime in early 2023.
If Microsoft goes ahead with an eventual launch of the feature, it will be the first native Windows app to get a tabbed interface, shortly after the company Add tabs in file explorer. Microsoft first tested tabs in all Windows 10 apps four years ago with a feature It was called groups. Collections included support for tabs within Notepad and File Explorer, but Microsoft eventually scrapped the project and never made it available to Windows 10 users.
The addition of tabs to Windows 11’s Notepad may signal a shift toward support for the related feature in more pre-installed Windows apps. Microsoft may have removed the Groups feature for Windows 10, but that hasn’t stopped Windows power users from using third-party tools and apps to bring tabs to different parts of the operating system.
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