Microsoft is updating the Windows Notepad app for the first time in years

Microsoft is giving its Notepad app for Windows a surprising amount of new features. While the software giant hasn’t updated Notepad for years, the next Windows 10 update will include some highly requested additions. Microsoft is clearly listening to Windows 10 users who use notepad for development, logs, or simple text manipulation.

You’ll soon be able to do wrap around find and replace alongside the ability to zoom into text by holding down the ctrl key and using the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Microsoft is also adding in extended line ending support so that Unix/Linux line endings (LF) and Macintosh line endings (CR) are supported in Notepad. The status bar will now be enabled by default in Notepad, and it includes the ability to display line and column numbers when word-wrap is enabled.

Microsoft is also finally adding in ctrl+backspace support to delete a previous word in Notepad, and performance improvements for large files. You can now even search for words on Bing through Notepad by simply right clicking on them to get a new option. Microsoft’s Notepad additions follow the company updating its Windows Console for the first time in 20 years, and the surprise addition of the Linux command line to Windows 10.

These new Notepad features will appear in the update currently codenamed Redstone 5, which is expected to debut later this year. Microsoft is now putting the finishing touches on the next major Windows 10 update, but it won’t include the popular tabs (Sets) feature for File Explorer and other apps.


Finally with the line endings!

I’m glad I’m not the only person appreciating this

Buried the lede!

More like buried the (line) ending!

I’ll see myself out. [LF]

It wasn’t released. It’s part of the upcoming Windows 10 update. It’s just been in testing since May.

Phew, saw that headline and feared we were getting some new look, panelled toolbar, formatting…

So glad it’s keeping to the basics!

I hope that they make it a bit easier to open large text files. Notepad often just chokes when trying to open text files of several megabytes if not more, while notepad++ happily opens them.

Honestly… you’re still probably gonna just want to use Notepad++.

Yeah, sure. I’d just like to see Notepad.exe at least /try/ to compete though..

does wordpad have the same problem?

ctrl+backspace finally! I use wordpad instead just for this alone. Will be nice to have it in notepad.

Now that you mention it, between Notepad and OneNote and freemium office online, I don’t think wordpad makes any sense.

It’s still a decent and simple word processor to use if you are offline or in a restricted network.

It also has a way cleaner UI.

This is lol…

This is the one thing I really miss about my old work PC: Notepad. It was my favorite program for reading while at work (copy an article and paste it in there so it doesn’t look like I’m goofing off.) Apple’s TextEdit is fine, but it’s not quite the same.

(copy an article and paste it in there so it doesn’t look like I’m goofing off.)


meh… we have Sublime Text and Notepad++ now. The world has moved on.

The corporate world has far from moved on. This is much appreciated.

Can we have:
- infinite undo feature
- stop to paste datetime with F5 button
- better/smart text selection with doubleclick

I’m impressed Microsoft added some much needed features without overdoing it. Expected to see a ribbon, and I’m thrilled it wasn’t there.

Kudos to MS for their restraint. Small, simple, and speedy are not words usually associated with their software, but that’s what makes Notepad so useful. Glad to see they’re making some worthwhile additions and changes, without losing sight of what makes the tiny text editor so good in the first place.

When I read "Notepad is getting an update" I expected a full-on UWP revamp which would in turn force everyone to download Notepad++. That’s pretty nice on MS’s part.

35 years since it was created and this is the best that Microsoft can do? Did you really say that they listen to the users?

Add most requested features and no unnecessary fluff. Sounds like listening to their users is exactly what they’re doing.

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