Microsoft Windows Notepad update is app's first in years

Microsoft updates Notepad with long awaited features in latest Windows 10 build

Much has changed in Windows over the years but the company hasn't really made any changes to its Windows Notepad app. Users have been asking for improvements and Microsoft has finally listened to their feedback.

While the spartan program has been the go-to for everyday users wanting to take down a quick note, it also often performs an important function for developers wanting to record logs or even code simpler programs. It has rolled out a fresh Windows 10 Insider Preview Build that comes with Microsoft Edge improvements and Notepad improvements among other things.

The Windows Notepad app will now enable users to do wrap around find and replace. When using the word-wrap feature (which allows long lines to flow onto the next one), you'll now be given an accurate line and column count. The company is releasing update KB4338819, which includes some general fixes and security patches for Windows 10.

Next up is text zooming.

Microsoft has also released cumulative updates for Windows 10 version 1709, version 1703, version 1607, and the very initial version of the OS. Microsoft said that it also improved the PDF reader performance, which should open pages more quickly as you scroll through them, as well as as the PDF toolbar, which is now easier to use.


Zoom has also been enhanced in Notepad with the current zoom displayed on screen and the option to move in and out being available under View and Zoom.

You may use the shortcut Ctrl-Backspace to delete the last word.

Arrow keys now unselect text before moving the cursor, as you'd expect.

If you're on the oldest supported version of Windows, Windows 7 SP1 (or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1), you'll get KB4338818.

For users who swear by other text editors, there really are no convincing arguments as to why you would want to switch back to Notepad. (Web Sign-in only works on Azure Active Directory-joined PCs.) A new "Fast Sign-in" option is created to enable those with shared or guest Windows 10 PCs to sign in more quickly.

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