Microsoft apparently made the revamped Notepad available to all Windows 11 users a few weeks ago after testing it with a limited number of users. The new Notepad matches the refreshed look of the operating system. Like Paint and other Office apps, it’s been updated with a Fluent Design makeover, bringing rounded corners to many areas.
Notepad also comes with dark mode compatibility and looks great on Windows 11. It even has a new font for buttons, menus, and more. It is Notepad’s most significant update in years, as the general interface of the app has remained unchanged for several years.
Notepad has always been a simple and fast text editing app for Windows, but it’s apparently slower than usual on Windows 11. There are several Feedback Hub posts highlighting the Notepad app’s performance issues, including a bug where vertical scrolling doesn’t work. feels soft.
“Vertical scroll animation in Notepad 11 doesn’t feel right and is inconsistent with other Windows apps (Explorer doesn’t animate at all and just scrolls through the number of configured rules, Settings and Edge scroll at a brisk speed). Notepad on Windows 11 11 scrolls through the number of configured rules, but does so very slowly. It shouldn’t animate at all, or animate faster,” one of the affected users noted†
There’s another problem where Notepad doesn’t quickly process texts when you’re pasting up to 500,000 lines from apps like Microsoft Excel.
Notepad loading time is “infinitely slow and actually never ends,” noted one user. “Paste of text copied from Notepad itself is also very slow. It was quite fast in the Win32 version”.
Similar reports can be found in the Feedback Hub if you search for ‘Notepad’.
Fortunately, Microsoft has acknowledged that Notepad has performance issues and it will be fixed in the next update being tested. According to Microsoft officials, the Notepad update brings additional performance improvements when browsing very large files or replacing a large amount of text.
For example, if you copy texts from a Word document and paste it into Notepad, and try to scroll, Notepad will stop working slowly. Microsoft is also improving accessibility for screen readers, text scaling, and more. The update now uses assistive technologies already available in the operating system.
Microsoft has also updated Notepad with native ARM64 support, so performance is now noticeably better on ARM64 devices on version 11.2204.
You will see faster and better performance when you grab the update for Notepad.