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Microsoft’s Notepad gets spellcheck and autocorrect 40 years after launch

Microsoft has introduced spellcheck and autocorrect for its Notepad app – 40 years since the app made its debut back in 1983!

After conducting testing in March, the software giant has quietly begun enabling these features for all Windows 11 users in recent days.

The spellcheck function in Notepad closely resembles how Word or Edge highlight misspelled words, using a red underline to indicate errors. However, there is a slight difference in that when you right-click on a misspelled word in Notepad, the spelling submenu doesn’t automatically expand as it does in Word, requiring an additional click to view a list of correct spellings.

It’s astonishing that Microsoft hasn’t fully integrated the spellcheck functionality of Word into Notepad, particularly since the company demonstrated the ability to right-click and instantly select the correction during the beta testing phase. Microsoft Word initially featured a spellcheck in 1985, when it was originally named Multi-Tool Word for Xenix and MS-DOS systems. Notepad, originally known as Multi-Tool Notepad in 1983, was originally designed by Microsoft to be a streamlined version of Word.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2024/7/8/24194047/microsoft-notepad-spellcheck-autocorrect-features-available

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