How to enable Tabs in Notepad on any Windows 11

Microsoft has been constantly improving the Windows 11 experience. There is a need to make the user experience better so that users decide to stick to using Windows 11 instead of switching over to other operating systems. This time with Windows 11, we have seen how File Explorer, Command Prompt, and Windows Powershell now have tabs that allow you to run multiple instances in one single window.

With the update that was released last week, Microsoft has finally brought the new tabs feature to the Notepad app. With Windows 11, the Notepad app has received a lot of updates such as Dark Mode and now the new tabs feature. If you’re someone who likes the tabs feature and wants to get the new Notepad app, this is the guide for you.

There are two ways you can get the new Notepad app with tabs. You can choose whatever method works for you. The first method is by joining the Windows Insider program and the second method is by sideloading the Notepad app to your Windows 11 PC.

How to enable Tabs in Notepad on any Windows 11

Let’s get started.

Officially install the new NotePad app on Windows 11 by Joining Insider Program

The best way to get the latest updates and features to the OS, as well as apps for Windows 11, is by joining the Windows Insider Program. However, you need to note that when you join this program, there will be bugs and issues with the operating system. But, if you’re fine with all of it, follow these steps to get the updated Notepad app.

How to enable Tabs in Notepad on any Windows 11
  1. Open the Settings app, then click on Windows Update from the left pane.
  2. Select Windows Insider Program.
  3. Here you will be asked to choose the channel that you want to join. Select the Dev Channel.
  4. The system will ask you to enter your password or PIN. Once all of that is done, the system will ask you to restart the device.
  5. When the device restarts, you should be now on the Dev channel of the Windows Insider Program.
  6. There will be a few updates that you will have to install. Once all the updates are installed, launch the Microsoft Store.
  7. Click on the Library tab and click Get Updates.
  8. If the Notepad app shows up in the Updates section, download and install it.
  9. You should now be having the new Notepad app with tabs.

Manually install the new NotePad app on any Windows 11 PC

Sideloading is one way that you can follow to get apps and programs that might not be available on the Microsoft Store for your region. The same can be said about the new Notepad app. Since the Notepad app is only available for the users of the Dev Channel on the Windows Insider Program regular Windows 11 users will have to wait until it officially rolls out.

However, if you don’t want to wait or join the Dev channel, you can sideload the Notepad app on any version of Windows 11. Here’s how.

How to enable Tabs in Notepad on any Windows 11
  1. First, you will want to enable Developer Mode. This mode lets you sideload and install apps from sources other than the Microsoft Store.
  2. Open Settings and click on Privacy and Security.
  3. Select the For Developers Option and now switch the toggle On.
  4. You have now enabled Developer Mode on your Windows 11 PC.
  5. Now click on this link to visit the Notepad page in the Microsoft Store.
  6. Next, you will have to visit the link generator for the Microsoft Store. You can head to the website by clicking this link.
  7. Copy and paste the Notepad Store page link into the second website.
  8. Make sure to select Fast from drop-down section available on the right side of the link box, so that you get access to the Notepad app from the Dev channel.
  9. Finally, click on the Checkmark button. From the results, scroll to the very bottom and select the result.
  10. Once the download has been completed, run the downloaded file.
  11. It will ask if you wish to update the Notepad app. Click on Update. The update will take a few moments and finally, the new Notepad app with the tabs will open on your desktop.

This concludes the guide on the two ways you can follow to install the new Notepad app on any Windows 11 PC. We hope this guide helps you get the new app.

So, what are your thoughts on the Notepad app getting the new tabs feature? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below. If you have queries, you can also leave them below.

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