Component of Microsoft Windows
Notepad running in Windows 10
Introduced inWindows 1.0
Last included in
Replaced by

Notepad is the default text editor of Microsoft Windows.

Since the app's debut appearance in Windows 1.0, it became a part of the Windows Accessories.

Notepad hasn't got major changes for a long time. With Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you can search for text in the Microsoft-own Bing search engine within Notepad. Since Windows 10 May 2020 Update an asterisk (*) in the title bar of a Notepad window shows you whether the changes you made have been saved or not:

  • When an asterisk is shown, the changes have not been saved yet.
  • When it has been gone, the changes have been saved.

Windows 10 build 21337 and later come with the Store version of Notepad pre-installed.