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Windows 11 getting Notepad autosave and new Snipping Tool

Yes, Notepad is finally, after all this time, getting autosave, and the screenshot capture Snipping Tool gets a refresh too, adding easy screen recording.

An image of the Snipping Tool and Notepad logos on top of the Windows 11 'Bloom' wallpaper.

With the latest Windows 11 version 23H2 update soon on its way, Microsoft has been hard at work making sure everything is in place for the latest version of the operating system. With any update, we can expect a series of brand-new applications and features, and the latest Windows Insider Blog reveals that the latest release will come with some exciting Notepad and Snipping Tool updates. In particular, we’ll finally be getting Notepad autosave, so you no longer need to worry about saving dozens of Notepad windows individually when shutting down your PC.

With this latest Notepad version (11.2307.22.0), Notepad will now automatically save your work in a manner similar to how modern web browsers can save your current tabs. Upon reopening Notepad, your last session state will be available, so you can carry on where you left off, and this includes any unsaved work across any tabs you were using. Users will have the option to disable this feature and will be prompted to save any files when individual tabs are close.

As for the new Snipping Tool, it sees the introduction of a combined capture bar. As it stands, it’s a fiddly process to switch between taking a screenshot and recording your screen, but this new update streamlines the process and makes it easier for Windows users to share video as well as pictures.

With Snipping Tool version 11.2307.44.0, you can press ‘Print Screen’ or the ‘Win, Shift, and S’ keyboard shortcut to bring up the capture bar as per the current version . However, by pressing ‘Win, Shift, and R’, an additional capture bar for recording your screen will become available. Where screen recording is concerned, brand-new settings will allow you to configure your default recording settings, including before you start capturing your screen.

For the time being, these updates are being rolled out for users who are part of the Canary Dev Channels via the Windows Insider Program. Dave Crochocki, Principal Product Manager Lead at Windows Inbox Apps, states in the blog post that they “plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.”

With the Windows 11 version 23H2 update on the horizon, it’s likely that it won’t be long until these brand-new additions become available for all Windows users. In the meantime, check out the Windows Insider Blog for a full overview of what you can expect with the latest versions of Snipping Tool and Notepad.

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