Windows Notepad – Hidden Features

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Notepad has been synonymous with Microsoft Windows Operating System since its inception.

This built-in text editor is used to write programming code (HTML, PHP, ASP etc.) for website development. There are other uses too. This article will highlight those features. Here is the list.

1.Windows Notepad can be used to store messages with date and time. Open Notepad application. Type “.LOG” in the first line without quotes. Save the file. Next time when you open the file you will find notepad has added time and date to it. Great way to create log/message files. This feature can also be activated by pressing the F5 key before saving the file.

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2. Notepad is handy when you want to copy content from web pages and paste in Microsoft Excel or Word application. Normally, if you paste directly in Excel or Word, the result can be quite disastrous. The solution is Notepad.

Copy the content from a webpage and paste it in Notepad. Now, copy the content from Notepad and paste in Microsoft Excel or Word using the Unicode method.

3. This is neither a tip nor a help command. This is called the four three three five sequence ( Notepad interprets this as unicode and not ANSI ). Write the following text in Notepad without quotes “Sara hid the facts”. Save the file. Open and view the contents. Surprised!

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4. Matrix effect: Open your notepad and type the following.

@echo off

color 02


echo %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% % random% %random%

goto start

Save this as a.bat file. Open this file after saving. You should be able to see the matrix effect.

On a more thoughtful note. Type Q33N in notepad. It was the flight number of one of the planes that hit World Trade Center. Change the font to WINGDINGS. Check out the result. It seems our good old Notepad knew about the terror attack.

NOTE: All the features mentioned above have been tested in Windows XP.

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