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Microsoft's Notepad app finally shows the character count

The Microsoft Notepad app is finally getting support to show you character count, but it is not available to everyone right now.

Edited By: Shubham Verma

Published: Dec 10, 2023, 05:43 PM IST

Microsoft is planning a welcome change for the Notepad app.
Microsoft is planning a welcome change for the Notepad app.

Story Highlights

  • Microsoft is adding a nifty feature to the Notepad app.
  • It will now show you the character count for whatever you type.
  • This feature, however, is not currently available for stable users.

Microsoft’s Notepad app on Windows 11 has been steadily improving in recent years, and now it finally gets a character count. In a new Canary channel test version of Windows 11, Microsoft has added a character count at the bottom, similar to how Microsoft Word counts the number of words in a document.

“When text is selected, the status bar shows the character count for both the selected text and the entire document. If no text is selected, the character count for the entire document is displayed, ensuring you always have a clear view of your document’s length,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

Notepad has undergone several updates this year. The latest addition is an autosave feature that eliminates the need for the pop-up save prompt when closing the app. Additionally, Microsoft has added tabs to Notepad, a dark mode option, and even a virtual fidget spinner.

In addition, the widgets section of the operating system (OS) is also getting improved. Soon, users will have the ability to show widgets only and hide the feed of news and articles that appear inside the widgets screen. It can be a welcome change for some users who do not want to see or read news, which is mostly of low quality, in this section. Some other unnecessary elements are also present in this widget section.

Since the new feature is a part of Windows Insider, it is available to testers currently. It is possible Microsoft could make some changes, depending on the feedback from testers, before rolling it to stable users sometime early next year.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is introducing an “energy saver” mode for Windows 11 Insiders, which “extends and enhances” the existing battery saver option. The new mode, unlike battery saver, is not limited to laptops. Users can now also use an energy saver on a desktop computer to save systems’ battery.

— Written with inputs from IANS

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Author Name | Shubham Verma


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