Notepad application for windows is a simple text editor which was included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 1.0. Notepad is the 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 a decade 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.
  • 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 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 is opened, 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.

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