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Microsoft’s Copilot AI can explain stuff to you in Notepad.

The rumors are true, even Notepad is getting a generative AI boost. A new update called “Explain with Copilot” will help users decipher any text, code segments, or log files they select within the text editor as Microsoft’s AI add-on enters its second year.

Microsoft announced the feature is in beta testing, available to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels.


A screenshot of the menu in Windows 11 allowing users to activate “Explain with Copilot” inside the Notepad app.
A screenshot of Notepad’s new “Explain with Copilot” feature.
Image: Microsoft