Notepad application for windows is a simple text editor which was included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 1.0. Notepad is a simple tool to create documents, but with fewer functions. Even though it doesn’t have many styling and formatting options, still many of us using this program to take a quick note, developing the web pages and also for many other occasions.
I have made this post to know more about this simple tool, which we are using for more than 3 decades now. Here are the interesting and lesser-known facts about the Microsoft Notepad Application.
Interesting Facts About Microsoft Notepad Application:
- Microsoft Notepad was written by Richard Brodie.
- It was first released as a mouse-based MS-DOS program in 1983, which is 36 years ago.
- After 1983, It has been included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 1.0 in 1985.
- Notepad uses a built-in window class named EDIT, in all versions of Windows.
- Till Windows 95, Fixedsys was the only available display font for Notepad.
- In Windows NT 4.0 and 98, Microsoft introduced the ability to change the font in Notepad.
- In Windows 2000, the default font was changed to Lucida Console.
- In Windows 8, the default font in notepad was changed to Consolas.
- Till Windows Me version, there were almost no keyboard shortcuts and no line-counting feature.
- From Windows 2000, shortcuts for common tasks like new, open and save were added to the application.
- Notepad also has a simple built-in logging function. Each time a file that starts with .LOG extension is open, the program inserts a text timestamp on the last line of the file.
- In notepad, the resulting files are typically saved with the .txt extension.
- Microsoft Notepad supports both left-to-right and right-to-left based languages.
- Due to the operating system limit of the EDIT window class, the Notepad version in Windows 3.0, Windows 3.1 and Windows 3.11 could not open files larger than 54 KB.
- The file size limit was extended to 64 KB in Windows 95 (and remained the same in Windows 98 and Windows Me).
- In Windows 8.1 the Notepad application is able to open files at least as large as 512 MB.
- In the Windows NT-based versions of Windows, Notepad can edit traditional 8-bit text files as well as Unicode text files.
- Formatted text can be temporarily pasted into Notepad, and then immediately copied again in stripped format to paste into the other program.
- Notepad does not require a lock on the file it opens, so it can open files already opened by other processes, users, or computers, whereas WordPad cannot.
- The most common use for Notepad is to view or edit text (.txt) files.
- The users find Notepad as a simple tool for creating Web pages.
- There is run command available by default. When you type notepad in the run window, it opens notepad application.
- The latest stable release of Notepad is version 10.0.18362.116 released on May 19th, 2019.
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