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We are actually not really a fan of Microsoft updates (sarcasm intended), as we all know about how Windows Updates sucked.

However, not all of them sucks as its bare-bones text editor, Notepad, is now getting a major update since its inception in the 80’s. Other old apps like Paint and Command Prompt (console) were also previously updated.

Aesthetically-wise, the new Notepad adopts the metro design language, affirming to the design statement Microsoft is heading onto. But rather focusing on aesthetics, Microsoft has focused its first major Notepad revamp more on the functional side of things.

The new Notepad now supports zooming in on text just like how you can zoom in or out on Word. There’s also Word Wrapping enabled when you do Find & Replace, meaning that you won’t have to scroll horizontally to find each instance of the word.

Aside from that, Notepad will also support line numbers with word wrapping, as they’ve make the Notepad status bar visible by default. You can still turn it off on the View menu.

The updated Notepad will appear in Redstone 5 (R5), the next major Windows update that is expected in October of this year. Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring are now able to try this on Insider Preview Build 17713.

The updates to Notepad were announced yesterday by Microsoft and will appear in Redstone 5 (R5), the next major update to Windows that is expected in October of this year.