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Notepad Vista (with or without Service Pack 1)[edit]

In Service Pack 1 for Vista, the notepad.exe file itself has the version number of SP1 (6.0.6001.18000), but the MUI's have the version number of RTM (6.0.6000.16386). In addition, the exe-file also has longhorn_rtm.080118-1840 in its file version, but the MUI's have vista_rtm.061101-2205. Therefore I changed the latest stable release to Vista SP1's version number. (talk) 16:53, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

The file version (6.0.6001.18000) changed with SP1, but the product version (6.0.6000.16386) remained the same. You can see the product version on the same screen you found the file version). Not sure which version is the one we are considering. Louis Waweru  Talk  00:41, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Things to mention in this article[edit]

  • when did N first appear?
  • when did Microsoft finally add the so-called "standard" keyboard shortcuts to notepad? on my win98, Notepad is the ONLY app which doesn't respond to CTRL-S for save. Shoddy programming, and yet again, Microsoft not following its own rules. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tarquin (talkcontribs) 10:44, 3 November 2002

About adding the WINE/ReactOS "Notepad"[edit]

As you may or may not know, WINE developed a simple text editor that looks like Notepad. Later, ReactOS took it up and is improving it (though not to over-step boundaries of "notepad replacements") and translating it... (which WINE has later re-merged ReactOS' source, even though they're still not entirely interested in improving an intentionally-limited text editor)

So my real question comes in: Where do we fit in the open source (LGPL) version, if at all? Should there be two tables for the Microsoft one and the WINE/ReactOS one? Should they be together separated by a slash, or should only the Microsoft-created editor be included in the table?

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:06, 11 October 2005

Unlike 'notepad replacements', there is room for 'notepad clones', like the reactos one, or even a DOS program like DOSIUS's notepad for DOS. --Wendy.krieger (talk) 07:33, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

Another Limitation[edit]

In addition to limit of a 64K file size, I have found that Notepad craps out (a technical term) at around 1K lines in the file. Has anyone else noticed this limitation? Two Halves, who has happily moved over to the UniRed text editor 22:42, 10 November 2005 (UTC)

Open Source![edit]

Oh my god are people really this against Microsoft that they need to make an open source alternative for Notepad? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 15:33, 4 June 2006 (UTC).

Well, Notepad++ is actually a lot better. Bluemoose444 15:38, 17 June 2006 (UTC)


Is it worthwhile putting in the .LOG trick? Sclozza 09:20, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

  • Not a bad idea I think. May also wish to mention the undocumented 'feature' described here Jonohill 14:44, 14 June 2006 (UTC)
    • Is it really worthwhile to make note of an ironic bug?Sclozza 04:21, 16 June 2006 (UTC)
      • Yes, I believe it is. This bug causes many other applications to behave in the same manner. -- jsimlo(talk, cont) 08:39, 5 September 2006 (UTC)


What is the latest version of Notepad available? I have 5.1 --Martin925 00:29, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

The latest version would be the one that has come out with the latest version of Windows. There really isn't a version "5.1" of Notepad--the "5.1" really refers to the version of Windows (Windows XP). Jason McHuff 07:05, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

George Bush Reference?[edit]

Please, stop adding the section of George Bush Reference. This bug, as you call it, is the same bug as described in the section of Notepad#Unicode detection. We do not need to mention it twice, just because it also works with the name of Bush. Especially, when I can make it work with your name too. Read the section of Notepad#Unicode detection closely, before you start writting again. -- jsimlo(talk|cont) 13:17, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Change title of article to "Windows Notepad"[edit]

Since the aspect of "Notepad" is too broad, I think the article title should be changed to maintain its exclusiveness with the Microsoft Windows Operating System. -- 23:23, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

Strong Agree. Why should we let anyone "steal" a common word in Wikipedia? DCDuring 22:24, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Patronising tone[edit]

Does this article really have to be written from the point of view of someone who has never used a text editor? Chris Cunningham 14:50, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree, I have an issue with
One notable feature of Notepad is that it does not support formatting of any kind - if text is copied from a web page and pasted into a word processor, the formatting and embedded metadata comes along with the text, and can be difficult to remove. However, if text is copied from a formatted web site, pasted into Notepad, then copied again from Notepad before being pasted into a destination program, Notepad will have stripped all of the formatting.
Isn't this more of a description of how the clipboard provides data; and also the lack of formatting features is a characteristic of plain text editors ... (duh :D )
Surely this para. can just be removed? (talk) 00:02, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
Support removing the para. That's what a plain text editor is. :) - xpclient talk 08:26, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Pasting without formatting[edit]

Practically all word processors include a "Paste Special..." feature, which allows pasting of text while removing formatting. While some users use Notepad to emulate this, it should be noted that the word processor includes this feature in the first place. 19:52, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

EXTREMELY strange glitch??[edit]

No joke here, dont delete it. Open notepad, type "love tmk and mario" (NO JOKE, THIS IS VERY REAL) Save it. Close it and open it again. Tell me why the f### that happens. For me it transformed the phrase into this: 潬敶琠歭愠摮洠牡潩 In reality they are square characters. (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 22:11, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

read the Bush hid the facts article. You must have chinese fonts installed on your computer to see 潬敶琠歭愠摮洠牡潩. But that is weird. Matthew 13:36, 19 March 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 10minnickm (talkcontribs)

I got boxes —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:23, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

You won't f%%%ing believe this,潬敶琠歭愠摮洠牡潩 in my notepad.~ of Sonic News Network and others — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:31, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Poor little notepad[edit]

Some people seem to be overly oppressive, when it comes to a have-because-must-have software.. The Bush hid the facts, the 64k limit, the lack of block selection, the etc.. This notepad is there mainly to open EULA.txt and of course to edit config INI files. And it does that well enough, doesn't it? -- jsimlo(talk|cont) 05:44, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

No. It doesn't. IE can open EULA.txt and Notepad still doesn't tolerate non-Windows newlines, making editing configuration files and viewing logs for stuff like Apache Tomcat as painful as possible. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Brianary (talkcontribs) 15:56, 2 July 2009 (UTC)

When included?[edit]

The introductory paragraph of the article says that Notepad has been included with Windows ever since 1.0, but the info box says it's been included since Windows 95. Obviously, the Windows 95 is a mistake, since I remember it on 3.1, but my Windows use doesn't go far back enough to 1.0 to be able to positively verify it, which is why I didn't change the info box myself. However, I'd assume that the 1.0 information is correct... unless the info box is trying to tell us something else? --Ericdn (talk) 21:52, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

Don't do it![edit]

Those of you who are going to delete notepad don't do it,my dad did that and it crashed his computer.o_o~ of Sonic News Network and others — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:35, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Crashed Computer by Removal of Notepad.exe[edit]

Let me get this straight, Someone who left an UNSIGNED note on this discussion page, removed Notepad.exe from their computer and the computer OS Crashed! Hmmm. sounds like a visit from the Oregon saskquatch to me. but I give the poster the benefit of the doubt. It could be HOW the program was removed. If Notepad is integral to the operation of Windows(x.y.z) or Windows(name), why would you want to remove it?

There are System Utilities to restore a crashed OS. Finding what crashed the computer is an exercise best left to the specialists.

Now if someone had a link to a Notepad Replacement that cleaned up the problems with the original, I suppose those in Redmond WA might be interested. Richard416282 (talk) 04:51, 7 July 2011 (UTC)

I'm telling the truth. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:27, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Requested move 4 April 2016[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: Move. Cúchullain t/c 19:24, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

Notepad (software)Microsoft Notepad – Ambigious title, there are many software topics called "notepad". This is also the WP:COMMONNAME used both by Microsoft and other third parties ([1] [2] - Champion (talk) (contribs) (Formerly TheChampionMan1234) 06:58, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

  • Support - Definitely agreed. extra999 (talk) 07:45, 4 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Support per WP:NATURAL. SSTflyer 08:46, 4 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Support --QEDK (TC) 11:11, 4 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Support per WP:NATURAL. RGloucester 16:32, 4 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Strong rename many different software notebooks exist, and notebooks used for software. -- (talk) 04:25, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

Not formally "Microsoft Notepad"[edit]


I removed the claim of "formally Microsoft Notepad" from the article because it was not proven. Instead of proof, two exceptional use cases were provided. It is like calling a fir forest a pine forest just because there are two pine trees in the mix.

  1. Google search for "Microsoft Notepad" proves that rarely ever uses "Microsoft Notepad".
  2. What kind of formal name is this that does not even appear in the software user interface? In fact, a commonly used name can very well not be the formal name. (For example, the formal name of MSConfig is "System Configuration" while the formal name of cmd.exe is "Command Prompt".)

To name the article "Microsoft Notepad" is one thing, to call this name a formal name is another.

Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 10:38, 4 November 2016 (UTC)