Microsoft Notepad

Version1903(as of 8/8/2019)
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Main Features

  • Provides a simple, bare bones text editing interface
  • Opens any file that is stored in plain text
  • Detects textual encoding

Software Overview

Screenshot of Microsoft Notepad 6
Screenshot of Microsoft Notepad 6

Microsoft Notepad is a simple text editor included with Microsoft Windows. While the program is limited in features, it is still useful in various contexts for viewing and editing plain text files.

Because Notepad is a plain text editor, it only provides basic formatting features. You won’t get the same features that a word processor like Microsoft Word offers, such as graphics or page formatting support. However, you can still word wrap your text and choose the font, style, size, and script. Notepad supports different text encoding modes including Unicode, UTF-8, big-endian Unicode, and ANSI.

Nobody will try to boast about Notepad's text editing features. Yet, the program is still useful in many contexts, such as when taking notes, when viewing text files, and when making edits to source code files. For these reasons, Notepad is a popularly-used text editor.

Primary File Type

txt icon.TXTPlain Text File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.TXTPlain Text File
.CFGConfiguration File
.CONFIGConfiguration File
.CSSCascading Style Sheet
.CSVComma-Separated Values File
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.INFSetup Information File
.INFOGeneric Information File
.INIWindows Initialization File
.JSJavaScript File
.LOGLog File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.1STReadme File
.AStatic Library
.A8SAnim8or Script
.ANSANSI Text File
.ARENAQuake 3 Engine Arena File
.ASActionScript File
.ASAASP Configuration File
.ASMAssembly Language Source Code File
.ATHAlienware AlienFX Theme File
.ATTWeb Form Post Data File
.AVSAviSynth Script File
.BBZBerryBuzz Backup File
.BCSBoland Calibration Settings File
.BMKNokia Device Bookmark File
.BOOKBudget In Brief Book File
.BPWBitmap World File
.BSDLBoundary Scan Description Language File
.BSHBeanShell Script
.CAMPWCS Color Appearance Model Profile File
.CELCelestia Script File
.CELXCelestia Script
.CFGCal3D Model Configuration File
.CFGWesnoth Markup Language File
.CGICommon Gateway Interface Script
.CHARTGuitar Rhythm Chart File
.CMDWindows Command File
.CONFGeneric Configuration File
.CSC# Source Code File
.CSHC Shell Script
.CUCUDA Source Code File
.CUSAutoCAD Custom Dictionary File
.DBADarkBASIC Source Code File
.DIFData Interchange Format
.FOUNTAINFountain Script File
.GMGameMonkey Script
.GSCCall of Duty Game Script
.GSDGeneral Station Description File
.HAMLHaml Source Code File
.HPSHPL Script
.HTMHypertext Markup Language File
.JAVJava Source File
.JAVAJava Source Code File
.JRTFJAmes OS Rich Text File
.MMATLAB Source Code File
.MMercury Source Code File
.MAPQuake Engine Map File
.MARKDOWNMarkdown Documentation File
.MCMETAMinecraft Java Edition Resource Pack Configuration File
.MDBACKUPiPhone Data Backup File
.MDINFOiPhone Backup Information File
.MDLWarcraft 3 3D Model Text File
.MDOWNMarkdown File
.MLML Source Code File
.MXMLFlex MXML Component
.OSUOsu! Script
.OUTOutput File
.P6Perl 6 Source Code File
.PASPascal Source File
.PHPPHP Source Code File
.PLPerl Script
.PNPROJProgrammer's Notepad Project File
.PNPTProgrammer's Notepad Project Template
.PROPERTIESJava Properties File
.PROPERTIESMinecraft Properties File
.PYPython Script
.QCHalf-Life Model Compiler Script
.QCQuakeC Source Code File
.RTXRich Text Document
.SSource Code File
.SRCSource Code
.URLInternet Shortcut
.WTXText Document
.XQLXML Query Language File
.XQYXQuery Source File
.XSDXML Schema Definition
.XSLXML Style Sheet
Updated 8/8/2019