The WinForms Notepad Project: A Look at Notepad Over the Years (Premium)

As I struggle to duplicate some of Notepad’s more complex features, I was reminded that Notepad itself has changed a lot over the years. And so I decided to fire up some of my many virtual machines and reacquaint myself with the evolution of my quarry.

My first interaction with Notepad came in the early 1990s with Windows 3.0, but Notepad has been a staple of Windows since the beginning. Like most people, I never used Windows 1.x or 2.x when these product versions were current. But even the earlier Windows versions shipped with a basic Notepad application.

As you can see here, this ancient Notepad version---identified as version 2.1, in tandem with the OS version---has very basic editing features, but even this early application version includes Find and Find Next comman...

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