February 19, 2019

Windows Notepad is getting its first overhaul in years

13 July 2018, 12:30 | Cameron Gross

Finally! Windows Notepad Is Getting an Update for the First Time in Years

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

The Notepad app on Microsoft Windows has been the operating system's forgotten stepchild for years, a largely forgotten tool that stands quietly in the corner as its siblings see regular polishes and improvements.

Today is Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month, when Microsoft releases updates for all supported versions of Windows. With express updates, only the Windows 10 software changes (or "differentials") will get delivered to an organization's computing environment from Microsoft's content delivery network. You can find the list of fixes in this update below.

Among the new Notepad features being added to Windows, you would be able to zoom into text by using the mouse wheel while holding down the Ctrl key. On top of that, the app allows users to add and process images but also supports shape recognition and much more.

Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) has an updated user interface inside of the Windows Security section as of this release. They can also delete the last word in their document by pressing ctrl+backspace. Additionally, there is a new dictionary function that can be used to look up definitions for words when reading a page or document in Reading View or PDFs.

In Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17713, Microsoft also enabled biometric authentication for remote desktop sessions via Windows Hello for Business.

The status bar is now visible at the bottom of Notepad by default.

Microsoft improved the loading performance when you load large files in Notepad.

Lines that don't fit the entire screen are displayed correctly.

It seems Microsoft's least popular OS since Windows ME, Windows 8.1, is being dropped like a hot potato by an increasing number of companies.

Now You: Which text editor do you use? (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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