Microsoft has quietly rolled out an upgraded version of its Notepad plain text editor with spellcheck and autocorrect features to Windows 11 users.

Microsoft has quietly rolled out an upgraded version of its Notepad app

For those unaware, in March 2024, the Redmond giant added the spellcheck and autocorrect feature as part of an update to its Notepad app, which was introduced in 1983, around 41 years ago. This update was a preview release to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels on Windows 11.

Windows Notepad

The upgraded Notepad app is now officially available for Windows 11 users. The latest update to Windows Notepad in Windows 11 brings the spellcheck feature, along with spelling suggestions. Not just this, it also incorporates autocorrect, which fixes errors in real-time as users type.

“With this update, Notepad will now highlight misspelled words and provide suggestions so that you can easily identify and correct mistakes. We are also introducing autocorrect, which seamlessly fixes common typing mistakes as you type,” the company announced in a blog post in March 2024.

According to the announcement, Notepad will automatically underline misspelled words in red and offer suggestions when you click, tap, or use the keyboard shortcut Shift + F10 on the misspelled word to see the correct spelling. Notepad’s autocorrect feature will immediately update the word with the selected suggestion.

Additionally, you can choose to ignore misspelled words in a single document or add them to the dictionary so they are not highlighted as a mistake again.

Further, the spelling and autocorrect feature in Notepad supports multiple languages. While this feature is enabled as the default setting for most files, it is turned off by default in log files and other file types typically associated with coding. However, they can be toggled on or off globally for certain file types on the Notepad settings page or temporarily for the current file in the context menu.

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