A modern, lightweight text editor with a minimalist design.
What is Notepads and why do I care?
I have been waiting long enough for a modern Windows 10 notepad app to come before I decided to create one myself. Don’t get me wrong, Notepad++, VS Code, and Sublime are great text editors. I have used them all and I will continue to use them in the future. However, they are either too heavy or looks less appealing. There are times that I just wanted to use Windows notepad for things like writing notes or editing config files. So I decided to create a win32 notepad replacement here and try to give it a modern look and feel. Most importantly, it has to be blazingly fast and appeal to everyone.
So here comes the “Notepads”
- Fluent design with a built-in tab system.
- Blazingly fast and lightweight.
- Launch from the command line or PowerShell by typing:
- Multi-line handwriting support.
- Built-in Markdown live preview.
- Built-in diff viewer (preview your changes).
- Session snapshot and multi-instances.
- Ctrl+N/T to create new tab.
- Ctrl+(Shift)+Tab to switch between tabs.
- Ctrl+Num(1-9) to quickly switch to specified tab.
- Ctrl+"+"/"-" for zooming. Ctrl+"0" to reset zooming to default.
- Ctrl+L/R to change text flow direction. (LTR/RTL)
- Alt+P to toggle preview split view for Markdown file.
- Alt+D to toggle side-by-side diff viewer.
Platform limitations (UWP):
- You won't be able to save files to system folders due to UWP restriction (windows, system32, etc.).
- You cannot associate potentially harmful file types (.cmd, .bat etc.) with Notepads.
- Notepads does not work well with large files; the file size limit is set to 1MB for now. I will add large file support later.
Notepads is available in Microsoft Store. You can get the latest version of Notepads here for free: Microsoft Store Link.
You can also use Windows Package Manager to install notepads:
winget install notepads
Disclaimer and Privacy statement:
To be 100% transparent:
- I will not track your IP.
- I will not record your typings or read any of your files created in Notepads including file name and file path.
- No typings or files will be sent to me or third parties.
I am using analytics service "AppCenter" to collect basic usage data plus some minimum telemetry to help me debug runtime errors. Here is the thread I made clear on this topic: https://github.com/JasonStein/Notepads/issues/334
Feel free to review the source code or build your own version of Notepads since it is 100% open sourced.
You might notice that I work for Microsoft but Notepads is my personal project that I accomplish during free time (to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more
- How to contribute?
- Notepads is free and open source, if you like my work, please consider:
- Star this project on GitHub
- Leave me a review here
Dependencies and References:
- Windows Community Toolkit
- XAML Controls Gallery
- Windows UI Library
- ColorCode Universal
- UTF Unknown
Yi Zhou - App icon designer, Notepads App Icon (old) is greatly inspired by the new icon for Windows Terminal.
Mahmoud Qurashy - App icon and file icon(s) designer, creator of the new Notepads App Icon.
Alexandru Sterpu - App Tester, who helped me a lot during preview/beta testing.
Documentation Contributors: Craig S.
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