How to Enable and Use Tabs in Notepad on Windows 11

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Like the tabs in Windows File Explorer, Windows 11 users can also use Notepad with tabs. Microsoft has added the feature to the new Windows 11 update, allowing users to open different text documents in different tabs in a single Notepad Windows.

This is really convenient for those who use to open different txt files in a separate Notepad window.

Microsoft has introduced numerous features for its latest Windows 11 OS and system applications, such as Task Manager, Bing Search, File Explorer, among others. Tab support for File Explorer was introduced earlier this year.

Now, Microsoft has added tab support for the Notepad app in Windows 11. This feature enables users to manage their .txt files better.

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How to Enable Tabs in Notepad

By default, the tab feature in Notepad is enabled in Windows 11 if you have the latest Windows 11 22H2 build.

However, if the new tab view and the + button are not visible when you open Notepad on your Windows 11 PC or laptop, refer to the “Tabs Not Showing in Notepad on Windows 11” section below.

How to Use Tabs in Notepad

To use the new tab functionality in Notepad on your Windows 11 device, follow these steps:

1. Upon opening Notepad in Windows 11, you will see your Untitled notepad file in a single tab, similar to how it appears in web browsers.

2. Click the “+” button beside the current tab to open another tab and open another .txt file.

3. To close a tab, move your cursor to the circular button at the right of your current tab to reveal the cross (x) button. Click it to close the current tab.

4. If you want to close all tabs at once, click the cross (x) button of the Notepad app.

How to Manage Tabs in Notepad

After the addition of the tab feature in Notepad in Windows 11, Microsoft has added a new setting option that allows users to choose whether to open a new .txt file in a new Notepad tab or a new Notepad window.

To access this option and set your preferred setting to open a new Notepad file in Windows 11:

1. Search for the Notepad app and open the same from the search results.

2. Click the gear icon at the top-right corner to open Notepad Settings.

3. Find the Opening files setting. By default, it is set to the Open in a new tab option.

5. Click the drop-down menu to set the Opening files option to Open in a new Window to make the new text files open in a separate new Notepad window instead of a new tab in the same window.

How to Fix Tabs Not Showing in Notepad on Windows 11

If the tab feature is not enabled in the Notepad app on your Windows 11 PC or laptop, try the following solutions:

1. Update Windows 11

To use the new tabs feature in Notepad, you need to have the latest Windows 11 22H2 build installed on your PC or laptop. Follow the steps below to check for updates and install them:

1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.

2. Navigate to the “Windows Update” tab in the left-hand menu and click on the “Check for updates” button.

3. Wait for Windows to search for available updates. Click on the “Download & install” button once the Windows 11 22H2 update is available.

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Wait for the update to complete and then restart your Windows 11 device.

2. Update the Notepad App

If upgrading to the latest version of Windows 11 did not enable the tabs feature in Notepad, you can try updating the Notepad app on your device. The Notepad version 11.2212.33.0 or later is a must.

Follow the steps below to update the Notepad app:

1. Search and open the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 11 PC.

2. Go to the “Library” tab on the left-hand menu and click on the “Get updates” button.

3. Wait for the available updates for the Notepad app to show up.

4. Click on the “Get” button for the Notepad app update.

Restart your Windows 11 device after the update process is complete.

To wrap up, we have learned how to enable tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11 using the third-party utility ViveTool. By using tabs, you can easily manage multiple txt files in a single Notepad window, just like you would with tabs in a web browser or Windows File Manager.

With this new Notepad feature, you can streamline your file management tasks and make your work more efficient. Thank you for following along, and I hope you found this information helpful!

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

1 Comment

  1. Um, You’re missing the step of actually running vivetool itself and the option to enable from the article…

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