I like Windows 11 but I love Notepad

It’s been there since the very beginning, Windows Notepad, a tiny text editor intended to help show off the mouse-friendly capabilities of Microsoft’s first graphical user interface (or GUI).

Early uses, especially with the introduction of Windows 3.1 and, later, the globally dominant Windows 95, included editing system files like AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS. Doing so in Notepad meant you could edit these system boot and startup files without accidentally introducing any extra code. Editing them in Word, for instance, might’ve added hidden formatting, thereby corrupting the files and making it impossible to start up your Windows PC.

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