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Microsoft updates Notepad with long awaited features in latest Windows 10 build

By Greg S ยท 9 replies
Jul 12, 2018
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  1. Notepad has been a core tool within Windows since it started being bundled with the OS in 1985. At that time, Windows 1.0 was the first Microsoft operating system to support graphical user interfaces, which ran on top of MS-DOS. A lot has changed since then, and user needs are quite different. Notepad still has not changed all that much over the past three decades.

    Earlier this year, Microsoft pushed out updates to support different styles of line endings so that text files created on Mac, Linux, and Windows are all equally supported.

    In Microsoft's build version 17713 of Windows 10, Notepad receives a few important updates that help modernize the antiquated utility. When using the find and replace feature, checkboxes for Wrap around and Match case will now remember their states after closing and reopening the dialog box. Additionally when text is selected, opening the Find dialog will automatically populate the search field with the highlighted text.

    Another feature to make Notepad more user-friendly is text zooming. Shortcuts for Ctrl + Plus, Ctrl + Minus, and Ctrl + MouseWheel will all work to change the zoom setting. Using the Ctrl + 0 shortcut resets the zoom back to the standard view.

    The status bar is now visible at the bottom of Notepad by default. Users are still free to disable the status bar if they choose to do so. When working with word-wrap enabled, line and column numbers display correctly.

    Performance improvements have been added when opening large files in Notepad. Additionally, Ctrl + Backspace will now delete the previous word typed. Also, when saving files, the line and column numbers will remain as they are instead of being reset to one. For those with small screens and lower resolutions, long lines that do not fit onto the screen will now be properly displayed.

    For users who swear by other text editors, there really are no convincing arguments as to why you would want to switch back to Notepad. Syntax highlighting in code files, collapsible text sections, plugins, macro support, and custom shortcuts are all still absent. It still lacks many useful features found in other free text editors but is admittedly getting a little better.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,698   +1,128

    Doesn't matter how many features they add, no way anyone should use anything other than notepad++.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,205   +4,867

    What's the point when there is also Wordpad? Notepad has always been just a basic text editor. If you needed more you would use Wordpad or another third party editor. I personally don't understand, why they have continued to include Notepad all these years. It is Wordpad that I have always used for its drag and drop mouse support. And adding drag and drop mouse support to Notepad, would only make it Wordpad.
  4. JamesSWD

    JamesSWD TS Maniac Posts: 291   +171

    That's cool...as long as they just leave it a basic text editor without more fluff. Tons of coders find Notepad useful for quickly stripping markup from text, as well as other simple no-frills duties.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,613   +721

    I hope it has a dark mode theme.... sure back in the day all this white wasn't an issue, but now in the age of huge computer monitors with huge brightness the sea of white kills the eyes.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,698   +1,128

    Notepad++ has themes, and you can set it to a dark one.

    Notepad++ my friend. Works the same, but soooo much better, multiple tabs and so on so forth. Have no association with the brand or development team, I just love it that much.
    wiyosaya likes this.
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,095   +1,197

    Kibaruk and wiyosaya like this.
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,339   +1,754

    I use Notepad++ fairly often, and I like it. The file comparison plug-in is pretty impressive and easy to use.
    I have not used it, however, I will have to give it a try. It sounds pretty impressive. What stands out to me is the ability to change multiple lines at the same time, and column selection sounds great, too.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,613   +721

    Yeah I know, I use it too.... but if M$ is going to improve their software with user-friendly features I think dark mode is certainly a requirement now-a-days.
    Kibaruk likes this.
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,698   +1,128

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