New features in Notepad in Windows 10 v1809

Microsoft has updated the good old Notepad app in Windows 10 v 1809. The humble Notepad in Windows is a very basic text editor you can use for simple documents.  Let us take a look at the new features in Notepad.

Read Notepad Tips and Tricks for Windows users.

Notepad new features

Shortcut to delete previously typed word

Firstly, you can use a simple shortcut Ctrl+Backspace to delete a previous word you typed/entered.

Status bar

Notepad new features

It is visible at the bottom of the Notepad screen and displays the ending line of the text file in use. Alongside it, you can find information related to column and line number with word-wrapping and current zoom level, if enabled. The Status Bar itself is enabled by default.


Windows Update

Earlier, Notepad had certain limitations. For instance, you could only search or replace text using a single word. However, now you can find a new ‘wraparound’ option visible under ‘Find’ tool to search a fragment of a text. Also, Notepad will save previously typed values and checkboxes and automatically apply them when you reopen the ‘Find’ dialog box.

Text zooming

Microsoft has also added options to quickly zoom text in Notepad. So, when you attempt to change the text layout, you can notice the zoom percentage on its status bar. You can alter this until you get the preferred zoom level.

Also, you can change Text Zoom Level by simply heading to ‘View’ option, select ‘Zoom’ and choose any of the following options,

  1. Zoom In (Control + Plus)
  2. Zoom Out (Control + Minus)
  3. Restore Default Zoom (Control + 0).

Search with Bing in Notepad

The new Notepad enables Windows 10 users to quickly find the meaning or spelling of a word within the app. There’s no need to manually open a web browser for this. It appears as a deliberate move by Microsoft to push people to use Bing. Still, it has benefits as it is easily accessible.

Manually, you can select the text and use the Ctrl+E keyboard shortcut to quickly get a Bing answer using Microsoft Edge. Sadly, there’s no option available to change the default search engine.

Added Support for the UNIX-style End Of Line (EOL) Characters

This new capability will enable the app to view, edit, and print files correctly. So, you could copy a file created on Linux or Mac and paste it in Notepad. The file’s current line ending format will be maintained as it was originally on Mac or Linux and not changed. Earlier, this was not the case since Notepad featured no line breaks.

TIP: If your Notepad is not working properly, this is how you can reset Notepad to default settings.

These Notepad posts may also interest you:

  1. Add “Open with Notepad” to the Context Menu for All Files
  2. Who wrote the Notepad?
  3. Hide data in a secret Notepad file
  4. How to add Tabs to Notepad.
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