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

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A surprise for Windows users

 

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.

 

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teodz1984
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Funny this doesn't interest most of us .. We've moved on better choices like the free Notepad++, , EditPad Lite, PSPad, Notepad2, etc;  and the commercial  EMEDITOR OR ULTRAEDIT, etc

 

 

 

Edited by teodz1984

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tao
5 minutes ago, teodz1984 said:

this doesn't interest most of us

Great.  Ignore the post.  Why waste your time commenting on it?  😉

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teodz1984
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I am merely stating fact that notepad is the most underused app in windows since windows 3.1 same as wordpad.. All these innovations stated in the article are are already there in other apps decades ago PROOF THAT WINDOWS APPS are actually crap.. 

 

Notepad and Wordpad  are  usually the first apps i remove from a fresh installation of any windows. 

 

I don't even use it to use read nfos or even logs because it can't load large files... Heck it can't even handle my hosts file.. which is basic for any windows user If there was a frequency count on how much an app is used that would probably on the bottom..

 

Notepad pales in comparison to VI EMACS JOE on the linux platform.. and these are the default text editors i used 24 years ago..

 

The only use i have for it is firing up some quick batch files and tweaking the config.sys and the now archaic WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI

 

 

 

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hpwamr
5 hours ago, teodz1984 said:

Funny this doesn't interest most of us .. We've moved on better choices like the free Notepad++, , EditPad Lite, PSPad, Notepad2, etc;  and the commercial  EMEDITOR OR ULTRAEDIT, etc

 

 

 

 

And don't forget in your list: Notepad3 😉

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teodz1984
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Microsoft Finally Fixes Notepad After 20 Years of Inadequacy

by Lowell Heddings on 
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The inadequacy of Notepad.

Microsoft just announced yesterday that the upcoming update to Windows 10 is going to finally, after 20 years or so, fix Notepad so that it doesn’t jumble up and break on any file using unix line endings.

Starting with the current Windows 10 Insider build, Notepad will support Unix/Linux line endings (LF), Macintosh line endings (CR), and Windows Line endings (CRLF) as usual. New files created within Notepad will use Windows line ending (CRLF) by default, but it will now be possible to view, edit, and print existing files, correctly maintaining the file’s current line ending format.

Here’s what we’re talking about: Windows has always ended lines in text files with a Carriage Return and a Line Feed character "\r\n" while Unix has always ended the lines with just a Line Feed character "\n" . So when you try to open up a Linux or Unix file using Notepad, it’s going to break and display like the jumbled mess you see in the screenshot above.

I’m not saying that actual programmers use Notepad to edit websites. Of course they don’t. Real programmers use vim, and lesser programmers use some kind of IDE or Notepad++ or Ultraedit or any other tool on the planet that isn’t Notepad.

Why does it matter if Notepad can’t open Linux files? Because virtually every single web server on this planet runs Linux, and the world runs on the web. So if you’re editing files from your web server, you’re going to be editing files that are using Unix line endings, and if you happen to open them in Notepad, they are going to show up like a jumbled mess. And if you save that file… well now your website is probably going to break.

It’s not just Notepad either—-we all wanted developer features like the Linux Bash shell, copy and paste from the Command Prompt, and built-in SSH support, but it took Microsoft years and years to finally add them.

So tons of cloud-based programmers like myself just switched to Mac. And these features that should have been added years ago just aren’t good enough to make us switch back. MacOS has built-in support for everything that developers need, and significantly better tools available for all the little things.

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It only took 20 years to display a text file correctly.

So when the next Windows Update comes down and Notepad finally starts displaying files correctly, like you can see in the screenshot above, just know that it’s a little too late for many of us.

 

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/microsoft-finally-fixes-notepad-after-20-years-of-inadequacy/

Edited by teodz1984

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BimBamSmash

If they really cared and wanted to make a difference with Notepad, they'd introduce plugins or just about any means of customization that extends its functionality beyond the bare bones text edit it's been for the past decades.

I always thought they could merge Notepad, Wordpad and Visual Studio Code into just one app that acts as either of those aforementioned three given the plugins one loads on it at a time. That way it'd ac as a simple text editor upon launch, or basic word processor/syntax editor/etc as soon as one opened the plugins menu and ticked its corresponding option. Fewer apps, fewer clutter, more productivity.

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