Microsoft To Update Windows ‘Notepad App’ After Years, Teases New Features

Doris Richards
July 12, 2018

Microsoft has announced the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17713 through a blogpost. This month's Patch Tuesday cycle brings cumulative updates for all supported versions of Windows, including for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803).

Notepad has been the default text editor of the Windows operating system for along time; the program has not changed all that much in the past decade, and many users install third-party editors like Notepad++, Text Editor Pro, or Sublime Text.

Microsoft revealed in May that it would add support for extended line endings in Notepad. Notepad displays certain text files created on Unix, Linux or Mac OS X devices without any line breaks now.

There's also a new "Web Sign-In" feature that enables Windows logon support for non-ADFS federated providers, such as SAML.

In addition to delivering monthly quality updates, Microsoft has feature updates for Windows 10. When using the find and replace feature, checkboxes for Wrap around and Match case will now remember their states after closing and reopening the dialog box. Microsoft has turned it into a full-fledged ebook reader, both PDF and ePUBs and now it can also look up definitions of highlighted words or read them out loud.


One common complaint from programmers working in non-Windows coding language is that Notepad doesn't format line breaks properly, resulting in jumbled, messy text.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update name also makes sense as it follows the naming convention started by Microsoft earlier this year for Windows 10 updates, with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. A new View Zoom menu has been added with predefined zoom level choices, or you can use the keyboard shortcuts of CTRL + Plus, CTRL + Minus, or CTRL + Mouse Wheel to change zoom level. Notepad also is getting the ability to display line and column numbers when word-wrap is enabled. Starting with this build, the company is introducing a feature called "Fast Sign-in" to enable users to sign in to a shared Windows 10 PC in a flash. 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. A long requested feature is coming for users; Microsoft is adding ctrl+backspace support to delete a previous word.

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

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

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