Windows Notepad comes to Microsoft Store with new features

Microsoft has added an updated version of Notepad onto its Microsoft Store. Launched in 1985, the original Notepad came pre-installed with windows. The new app, however, can only be downloaded on systems running Windows 10 version 19541.0 or higher. The new version of the Notepad is now called Windows Notepad and has an all new logo.

“Notepad has been the fast and simple text editor on Windows for over 30 years, and now it’s available in the Microsoft Store! View, edit, and search through plain text documents and source code files instantly,” states the description of the app on the Microsoft Store.

In this Windows 10 guide, we highlight the most worthy improvements shipping with the Notepad app for the October 2018 Update.

Notepad’s new improvements:

Microsoft in the official description of the new app highlights that the new Notepad lets “users edit text-based files and source code instantly.” It also states that “multiple encodings including UTF-8, UTF-16, and ANSI” can now be saved via the new app. We can also expect the new Windows Notepad to include an improved find/replace option and Text Zooming feature.

Using the View menu, you’ll now notice a new Zoom option that allows you to quickly zoom content in and out, including an option to restore the default zoom level.

  • Ctrl + plus key — Zooms in making the text larger.
  • Ctrl + minus key — Zooms out making the text smaller.
  • Ctrl + mouse wheel — Zooms in or out depending if you’re scrolling forward or backward.
  • Ctrl + zero — Restores the default zoom level.

Previously, Notepad only supported Windows Carriage Return (CR) and Line Feed (LF) (CRLF) End of Line for text documents. As a result, the note-taking app couldn’t display the text of files crafted on macOS, Linux, and Unix with the correct format. However, starting with Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Notepad is getting an update that finally introduces support for Unix and Linux line endings (LF) and Macintosh line endings (CR) to display contents with the correct format.

You can download Notepad from here: Microsoft Store.

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