The New and Improved Windows 10 Notepad: Useful Tips and Features

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Notepad finally got some much-needed attention in Windows 10 1809. It’s been around since the first version of Windows and has always been a very basic text editor. Well, Notepad is still a basic editor, and the interface is pretty much the same. But Microsoft added new features, made performance improvements, and fixed some bugs in Windows 10 1809 to give it a long overdue boost. Here’s what you need to know about the improved Notepad in Windows 10 1809. Zoom In and Out Prior to Windows 10 1809, if you wanted to view bigger text in Notepad, you had…

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Notepad finally got some much-needed attention in Windows 10 1809. It’s been around since the first version of Windows and has always been a very basic text editor.

Well, Notepad is still a basic editor, and the interface is pretty much the same. But Microsoft added new features, made performance improvements, and fixed some bugs in Windows 10 1809 to give it a long overdue boost.

Here’s what you need to know about the improved Notepad in Windows 10 1809.

Zoom In and Out

Prior to Windows 10 1809, if you wanted to view bigger text in Notepad, you had to change the font size of the text.

Now, you can zoom in and out on the text without changing the font size.

Go to View > Zoom and select Zoom In or Zoom Out.

Zoom menu in Notepad

You can also use the Ctrl + + (plus sign) and Ctrl + – (minus sign) keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out, respectively. To go back to the default 100% zoom level, press Ctrl + 0 (zero).

You can also use a combination of the keyboard and the mouse to quickly zoom in and out. Press and hold the Ctrl key and scroll up with the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in or scroll down to zoom out.

Zoom in and out on text in Notepad

Wrap Around, Find and Replace, and Search AutoFill

Previously, when you started searching in the middle of a text file in Notepad, the search would go to the end of the file or the beginning of the file (depending on the selected direction), but not search the whole file.

In the new improved Notepad, Microsoft added an option to wrap the search around so you can search the whole text file from wherever the cursor is in the file.

When you press Ctrl + F and enter a word or phrase in the Find what box, check the Wrap around box to search the whole file.

Notepad also remembers the options you select now, so when you check the Wrap around box, it will stay checked the next time you use the Find dialog box to search.

Microsoft also added another handy feature—Search Autofill.

Say you want to find other occurrences of specific text in your file. Select the text you want to find and press Ctrl + F. Notepad automatically inserts the selected text into the Find what box on the Find dialog box, allowing you to quickly start your search.

Wrap around search in Notepad

Display the Status Bar with Word Wrap Enabled

Previously, when you enabled Word Wrap on the Format menu in Notepad, the status bar would disappear if you had it enabled. You couldn’t display both at the same time. When Word Wrap was enabled, the Status Bar option on the View menu was grayed out and unavailable.

Now you can enable Word Wrap and display the Status Bar at the same time. And you can disable both if you want.

Word wrap enabled with Status Bar showing in Notepad

Support for Text Files from Linux and Mac

Before Windows 10 1809, Notepad only supported Windows Carriage Return (CR) and Line Feed (LF) (CRLF) line endings for text files. When you opened text files created on Unix, Linux, or Mac, the line endings wouldn’t display correctly. The file would be a mess and line endings occurred in unexpected places. You had to open the file in WordPad, save it there, and then reopen the file in Notepad.

Notepad still uses Windows Carriage Return (CR) and Line Feed (LF) (CRLF) line endings by default. But Microsoft finally added support in Notepad in Windows 10 1809 for line endings in Unix and Linux (LF) and Mac (CR). So text files created on Unix, Linux, or Mac will now display correctly when opened in Notepad.

When you edit and save text files created on Unix, Linux, or Mac, Notepad preserves the type of line breaks from the operating system it was created in.

Text file from Linux open in Notepad

Search Bing Directly From Notepad

Notepad now allows you to search Bing directly from a text file.

Simply select a word or phrase and select Search with Bing from the Edit menu or press Ctrl + E. Notepad searches the web using Bing and opens the results in Microsoft Edge.

Unfortunately, you can only do searches from Notepad using Bing and Edge. There is no way to change to a different search engine or browser.

Search with Bing in Notepad

Other Changes, Improvements, and Bug Fixes

Microsoft made other small changes and improvements to Notepad. And they fixed some bugs.

Use a Keyboard Shortcut to Delete the Previous Word

Notepad already supports the Ctrl + left arrow and Ctrl + right arrow keyboard shortcuts to move through whole words at a time. You can also use the Shift + Ctrl + left arrow and Shift + Ctrl + right arrow keyboard shortcuts to select whole words at a time.

Now you can also use Ctrl + Backspace to delete the previous word.

Using Arrow Keys on Selected Text

Previously, when you had some text selected and you used the left or right arrow key to move the cursor and deselect the text, the cursor would jump ahead or back one character.

Now, when you move the cursor with the arrow keys while some text is selected, the first key press deselects the text and puts the cursor right after or before where the selection was. The cursor is not advanced an additional character away from the selected text.

Improved Performance When Opening Large Text Files

If you often work with large text files, you’ll be glad to know that Microsoft promises improved performance when opening large files in Notepad.

Some Display Bugs Fixed

Microsoft also fixed some display bugs.

Although we haven’t noticed this bug, Notepad now correctly displays lines that don’t fit entirely on the screen.

Also, when saving a file, the line and column numbers on that status bar don’t reset to 1. They continue showing the correct position of the cursor in the text file.

Increase Your Productivity With the New Notepad

Although there are good Notepad alternatives out there with many more features, Notepad is there by default and still useful for tasks like taking quick notes, editing configuration files, writing scripts and code, and more. There are also some cool tricks you can do with Notepad. And now, with the new features and improvements, you can be more productive in Notepad.

If you still want a text editor with more features than even the improved version of Notepad has, we offer a list of Windows Notepad alternatives.

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8 Quick Ways to Use Your Browser as a Notepad

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When you’re surfing the web or working inside a browser, it’s useful to have a notepad to scribble down ideas and information, or even to compose an email. Here, a browser-based notepad can work beautifully. You can move its contents to your regular note-taking application or notebook later. So, how can you turn your browser into a notepad? Let’s find out. (We’re going for minimal, stopgap solutions instead of full-fledged note-taking apps that need an account.) 1. A Small Piece of Code Type this simple code snippet in the address bar of your browser and hit Enter to get an…

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browser-based-notepad

When you’re surfing the web or working inside a browser, it’s useful to have a notepad to scribble down ideas and information, or even to compose an email. Here, a browser-based notepad can work beautifully. You can move its contents to your regular note-taking application or notebook later.

So, how can you turn your browser into a notepad? Let’s find out.

(We’re going for minimal, stopgap solutions instead of full-fledged note-taking apps that need an account.)

1. A Small Piece of Code

Type this simple code snippet in the address bar of your browser and hit Enter to get an instant notepad in the active tab:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

The code works with most browsers and the notepad itself works offline. It’s best to use this one as a temporary solution because your notes will disappear when you close the tab.

2. Notepin

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Try Notepin if you want a notepad with basic formatting and table creation options. It allows you to publish your notes anonymously.

Once you open the app’s URL, you can start typing a note right away. While your notes get saved automatically, they don’t persist between browser sessions. But you can get a dedicated notebook at a URL of your choice without signing up.

Download: Notepin

3. Litewrite

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This plain-text note-taking app is one of our favorites. It’s free from distractions, works offline, and supports multiple notes. It’s also open source!

Anything you write in Litewrite gets backed up to your browser, meaning it’s all there even if you restart your browser or if it happens to crash. Click on the Connect your storage widget at the top right in the app to enable backup to Dropbox, Google Drive, or remoteStorage-enabled apps. Your notes will then remain accessible on the go.

If you want a notepad that supports rich text, try Wrish. You can create any number of notes with it, but you don’t get a dedicated interface to help you collate your notes. You’ll have to bookmark the URL for each note to access it again.

Download: Litewrite

4. Shrib

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Want a no-nonsense notepad with Markdown support? Try Shrib. It allows you to type notes and publish them as webpages. If you type a note using Markdown syntax, Shrib allows you to preview it as Markdown. It also lets you edit a note’s URL to make it more readable and easy to remember.

If you want to lock your notes with a password, try the encryption-based version of Shrib at secure.shrib.com.

Note: Unfortunately, there seem to be no useful note-taking extensions for Safari. So if you use Apple’s native browser, Shrib, along with Notepin, Litewrite, and Wrish are particularly useful.

Download: Shrib

5. Papier for Chrome

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Once you install the Papier extension, you get a Markdown notepad in every new tab. You don’t have to worry about signing up or even saving your notes. Papier does the saving for you.

The app lets you add checklists to your notes, which is perfect for keeping your MITs (Most Important Tasks) up front and visible. The extension also gives you a few font options and themes to customize the look and feel of the notepad. There’s a night mode too!

It’s a pity that while you can generate a character count for your notes, you don’t get a word count to match.

If Papier doesn’t work out for you, give Memo Notepad a shot.

Also, Beanote is great if you want to create sticky notes while you’re browsing or if you want to annotate webpages. Multiple color choices for highlighting text are a nice touch. You can search through all your notes via the extension’s toolbar button.

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If you’re a Vivaldi user, you can use the browser’s built-in tool for note-taking. If that’s not ideal for you, don’t worry. Since Vivaldi is a fork of the Chromium web browser that Chrome is built on, Chrome extensions also work on Vivaldi. So you can get yourself any note-taking extension from the Chrome Web Store, including Papier and Beanote.

Download: Papier

6. Note Taker for Firefox

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Note Taker gives you a simple notepad hidden inside a toolbar popup. While you can’t resize the popup, you can open the notepad as a sidebar panel or within a new tab. This gives you more room to work with.

Apart from general notes, you can create notes that reference particular domains or URLs. These elements show up as note titles, which makes it easy to find notes related to specific websites and webpages.

If you click on the gear icon in the popup, you can access the add-on’s settings. Head to this location if you want to tweak the visuals of the notepad.

You might also want to check out the Notes app included in Mozilla’s Test Pilot program, which is a testing ground for Firefox features.

Download: Note Taker

7. Quick Notes for Opera

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Quick Notes puts a notepad in Opera’s sidebar, which makes it easy to create notes from any webpage and also to hide them when you don’t need them. The notepad supports image attachments, by the way.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to save your notes manually with the Save button below each note. Unfortunately, there seems to be no way to print your notes.

If you don’t like any of the notepad choices available for Opera, why not bring a notepad extension from Chrome to Opera?

Download: Quick Notes

8. Speechnotes for Chrome

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If you want a notepad that supports voice typing, Speechnotes is the perfect choice. Visit its website, hit the microphone button, and start dictating. You’ll need the Speechnotes Chrome extension only if you want to enable voice typing within text fields across the web.

The speech-to-text function works only in Chrome, but you can use the notepad in any browser. Speechnotes autosaves your notes. It also gives you a word counter, a dark theme, and a handful of export options.

Download: Speechnotes

Fire Up Your Browser Tab and Start Typing

Note-taking apps are not in short supply, but it can take a while to find one that’s perfect for your needs. If you’re looking for a browser-based solution to work side by side with your primary note-taking tool, the apps we have listed here are sure to help.

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