“Oh, Notepad – I forgot you were there!” – unknown Microsoft developer.

Microsoft has revealed details of its first update to Notepad for the first time in years, following the announcement the company has updated Windows Console and added the Linux command line to Windows 10.

One major addition is a new find & replace functions, including the option to wrap-around formatting on the words you replace, and a suggested list of remembered terms that can automatically populate the search field.

Microsoft says it has received requests from users to display line and column numbers when word-wrap is enabled. This is now possible, with the status bar visible by default – but you can turn it off in the settings if you don’t want it on display all the time.

Other enhancements include the ability to zoom into text by simply holding down the ctrl key and using the mouse wheel, ctrl+backspace support so you can easily remove the previous word in a file, and performance improvements (specifically when opening big files) to make it an easier-to-work-with application.

The new features will appear in the Redstone 5 Windows 10 update, which includes a bunch of other improvements for Microsoft Edge, remote desktop, and Windows sign-in, due to land later this year.



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