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Notepad is a simple text editor included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 1.0 in 1985.

Notepad is a common text-only (plain text) editor. The resulting files â€" typically saved with the .txt extension â€" have no format tags or styles, making the program suitable for editing system files that are to be used in a DOS environment.

One notable feature of Notepad is that it does not support formatting of any kind - if text/rich 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. An alternative of this use is, however, provided in many word processors through the possibility to paste unformatted text, which may be easier to use with a little initial effort.[1]

As an interesting aside, Notepad does support both left-to-right and right-to-left based languages, and one can alternate between these viewing formats by pressing and releasing the arrow key followed by Ctrl+Shift, using the right or left arrow and shift keys to go to right-to-left format or left-to-right format, respectively.
Posted on May 31st, 2014
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