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Microsoft adds spellcheck and autocorrect to Notepad

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Microsoft has quietly upgraded its classic Notepad application for Windows 11, introducing spell check and autocorrect functionalities since its initial release over four decades ago.

Notepad’s newly implemented spellcheck function, which uses a red underline to indicate spelling errors, is similar to those in other Microsoft products.

However, the user experience differs slightly from that of more advanced text editors. When a user right-clicks on a highlighted word, they need to take an extra step to access spelling suggestions, as the correction menu doesn’t appear automatically. This contrasts with the more streamlined approach seen in some word processors, where correction options are immediately available upon right-clicking.

Interestingly, earlier versions of this feature offered a more direct correction process, raising questions about the reasons behind the current implementation.

The addition of spellcheck and autocorrect to Notepad marks a notable evolution in functionality. This basic text editor has long been recognised as a minimalist alternative to more complex word-processing software.

Microsoft has added various functionalities to this four-decade-old text editing and writing application.

As noted by The Verge, Notepad’s roots can be traced back to the early days of personal computing, when it emerged as a streamlined option for text editing tasks. The inclusion of these new features brings Notepad closer to the capabilities of its more sophisticated counterparts, bridging a gap that had existed since the mid-1980s when advanced text editing first began incorporating spelling assistance.

The new spellcheck functionality in Notepad offers users a degree of customisation. Individuals can choose which file types they want spellcheck to apply through the settings menu. This flexibility allows users to exclude certain file formats from spellchecking, which can be particularly useful for files that contain specialised content for coding element

For instance, users working with subtitle files or license documents may prefer to turn off spellcheck for these specific formats. The application also disables spellcheck for file types typically associated with programming or system logs.

Complementing the spellcheck feature, Notepad now includes an autocorrect function. This tool automatically fixes common typing errors as users write. However, recognising that not all users may want this level of intervention, Microsoft has included an option to turn off the autocorrect feature for those who prefer manual control over their text.

The introduction of spellcheck and autocorrect features is just one aspect of Microsoft’s comprehensive effort to modernise Notepad for Windows 11 users. This initiative is part of a larger strategy to streamline and improve the built-in text editing tools in the operating system.

In recent months, Notepad has received several upgrades, including character count, support for multiple document tabs, and a dark colour scheme option. The company has also integrated some of its newer technologies, such as AI assistance tools, into the app.

These improvements come when Microsoft reportedly plans to phase out some older text-related applications from its operating system. By enhancing Notepad’s capabilities, Microsoft seems to be positioning it as a more versatile tool for everyday text editing tasks.

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Kumar Hemant

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