Notepad

Notepad
Component of Microsoft Windows
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Refreshed Notepad in Windows 11
Introduced inWindows 1.0

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.

An app with a nearly identical name is included in early versions of Mac OS. However, it is more similar to Sticky Notes.

History[edit | edit source]

Windows 10[edit | edit source]

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update included the first updates to Notepad, which integrated Bing search into the application. May 2019 Update build 18298 added an asterisk (*) to title bar to show whether changes to the document had 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 would come with the Store version of Notepad pre-installed, which moved it out of the 'Windows Accessories' folder and into the main app list in Start.

Windows 11[edit | edit source]

Around the time Windows 11 was officially released, Microsoft had teased a visual refresh for Notepad, which was later released to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel on 7 December 2021. Notable change to new version of Notepad include:

  • New XAML-based user interface which aligns with Windows 11.
  • Dark mode.
  • Redesigned find and replace interface.
  • New Settings page for changing themes and fonts.

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