New Windows 11 update adds screen recording to Snipping Tool, tabs to Notepad, third-party widgets


Microsoft made several announcements for Windows 11, often referred to as the Moment 2 update. The latest update, which is not rolling out to all Windows 11 users, mostly brings enhancements and improvements to existing features. For example, the taskbar has been optimized for touch devices, the Snipping Tool has received a new feature, and most importantly, the Phone Link app now supports the iPhone.

You can read our coverage of the Phone Link app’s new ability to connect to the iPhone separately. In this article, I’m going to talk about Snipping Tool, Notepad, and support for third-party widgets. All of these features are rolling out to everyone now, so it may take some time for some users to get them before others.

new snipping tool

A useful tool has been the Snipping Tool, which lets you take customizable screenshots as opposed to screen grabs of the entire screen when you press ‘prt sc’. The new update adds the ability to record your screen activity in the Snipping Tool. You can select the area of ​​your screen that you want to record and press the record button. This can be helpful for recording the steps to solve something or navigate to a feature.


Although screen recording is available through the Xbox app on Windows 11, there were some limitations. You could not record desktop or minimize app while recording. The availability of screen recording feature in Snipping Tool makes it more convenient.

new notepad

Microsoft previously indicated that most of its apps would be getting tabs to make your work more streamlined. File Explorer received support for tabs in the last update and it adds tabs to Notepad. Instead of opening multiple Notepad windows, you can now open multiple tabs in one window to do different things. The new update also brings a new indicator for unsaved changes to the file.

third-party widgets

Microsoft has finally added support for third-party widgets to the Widgets panel. Usually available on the left side of the taskbar, the Widgets panel now has widgets for third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, Spotify, and the Xbox Game Pass app. A screenshot shared by Microsoft shows Spotify playlists in widgets and chats in Messenger widgets.

The number of third-party widgets is limited right now, but you can expect more widgets to become available in the coming weeks.

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