Notepad gains spell check and autocorrect after 41 years

What you need to know

  • Windows Notepad now supports autocorrect and spellcheck.
  • The features entered testing among Windows Insiders in March 2024 and have since started rolling out to general users.
  • Notepad remains largely unchanged compared to earlier versions and has been around since 1983, but Microsoft has added some new features recently.

Notepad on Windows just received an update that adds a spellchecker and support for autocorrect. The update doesn’t quite bring the app into 2024, but it brings it closer to the current millennium. Notepad is around 41 years old, and it is largely the same as when it launched. Many would argue that’s a good thing, as Notepad “does what it says on the tin” and doesn’t try to be something else.

The new features work as you’d expect, with spellcheck showing a red line under and word that’s spelled incorrectly. Autocorrect will change a word automatically if it believes you’ve spelled something wrong or entered a typo. If you use Notepad for coding or entering text that includes text that would be at risk of being autocorrected, you should disable the feature. Notepad enabled spellcheck and autocorrect by default after a recent update, but you can disable them through the app’s settings.

Notepad settings for spell check and autocorrect on Windows 11

The latest update to Notepad enables spell check and autocorrect by default, but you can disable both features through the app’s settings. (Image credit: Future)

Microsoft hasn’t released a formal announcement of the new features, but spell check and autocorrect were spotted by our colleagues at Tom’s Hardware. The update rolled out to my system and autocorrect and spell check were on by default.

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