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Windows Notepad

Windows Notepad

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  • Latest Version

    Windows Notepad 11.2302.16 LATEST

  • Review by

    Juan Garcia

  • Operating System

    Windows 10 / Windows 11

  • User Rating

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  • Author / Product

    Microsoft Corporation / External Link

  • Filename

    Windows Notepad Installer.exe

  • MD5 Checksum


Windows Notepad is a free simple text editor that is distributed as a pre-installed application on all versions of Windows OS ever released, enabling users of all ages to take full control over editing plain text files, including compatible formats such as log files, INI files, and batch files that are encoded in ASCII, UTF-8, and UTF-16.

Since its original release in 1983, Microsoft Notepad remained one of the most popular standalone applications that is distributed inside the Windows OS, managing to evolve significantly over the 4 decades on the market while retaining its simple and approachable interface and base functions.

Windows Notepad app comes preinstalled on all versions of Windows OS, but if for some reason users have uninstalled or want to reinstall it after local storage corruption or accidental deletion, they can do so easily.

Today, the latest version of this app can manage text files of up to 1GB in size, with built-in support for recommending a different text editor if the user wants to load files that are larger than this limit.

Main Features

Windows Notepad by Microsoft is a highly efficient plain text editor that allows users to create, edit and save plain text files of all sizes. While it lacks any support for styling the text, it has a wide array of base functions such as powerful Find and Replace tools, the ability to insert the current time and date with one mouse button, Word Wrap function for better fitting text into the desired app window size, powerful Font manager, printing manager, and Zoom In/Out tool.

One of the core advantages of the Windows Notepad app is its speed and efficiency, which enables it to load text files quickly without consuming a lot of system resources. This makes it ideal for quick note-taking or simple text editing tasks at home, school, and even at work. Due to its clean and straightforward user interface that does not overwhelm the user with unnecessary features, this app represents one of the first text editors that new PC users encounter when interacting with Windows OS for the first time.

However, due to the acute lack of advanced functionalities found in other text editors, Notepad can be cumbersome to use when managing very large text files or text-based projects that could be easier to manage with some advanced tools such as syntax highlighting, code folding, automatic indentation, paragraph styling, media embedding, and more.

  • Free and pre-installed on all versions of Windows OS.
  • Simple and approachable interface for basic text editing tasks.
  • Efficient and fast, with low system resource consumption.
  • Wide array of base functions such as Find and Replace, Word Wrap, Font manager, and printing manager.
  • Ideal for quick note-taking and simple text editing tasks.
  • Not suitable for managing very large text files or text-based projects.
  • Limited customization options and styling for text.
  • No support for media embedding or automatic indentation.
  • May not meet the needs of users requiring advanced text editing features.

Windows Notepad is a reliable and useful application for basic text editing tasks. While it lacks all the features of more advanced text editors, its simplicity and ease of use have made it a popular choice for many Windows PC users.