Windows 10’s Latest Redstone 5 Build Brings New Notepad Features

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows 10 with 28 Comments

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 Redstone 5 to Insiders today. The latest build, 17713, brings a couple of improvements to Notepad, as well as Microsoft Edge, and some IT Pro features.

In Redstone 5, Microsoft is upgrading Notepad to include some much-requested features. The company earlier added support for line endings to Notepad, and it’s now adding a couple of new features. First up, the Find feature in Notepad now supports wrap around when replacing words, and it also now remembers your preference for all the options so you don’t have to set them everytime you use the feature.

Additionally, when you now select a word and then hit Ctrl+F, the Find dialog will automagically populate the dialog with the selected word for your own convenience. That’s not all — Notepad now supports text zooming with Ctrl + Plus and Ctrl + Minus, which is honestly amazing. And lastly, you can now display line and column numbers with word-wrap enabled, and use Ctrl + Backspace to delete the previous word. It’s also now faster at opening larger files.

Edge is getting a number of improvements in this update, too. It now lets you set per-site media autoplay permissions from the website identification pane, so you can automatically block media playback on certain sites. The PDF reader includes some design tweaks to make all the different options more understandable, and the PDF toolbar can now be pinned to the top for easier access. It’s also now possible to lookup definitions of words in PDFs, Reading View, and Books.

Build 17713 includes a number of features for IT Pros, and the general fixes — so make sure to checkout the full changelog here. The build is available to Insiders in the Fast Ring right now. In other news, Microsoft is resetting Skip Ahead as it’s nearing the public release of Redstone 5, but it will open up Skip Ahead again in the near future when you will once again be able to join the program, even if you aren’t part of Skip Ahead originally. Finally.

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Comments (28)

28 responses to “Windows 10’s Latest Redstone 5 Build Brings New Notepad Features”

  1. Daniel Kay

    Should "per-side media autoplay permissions" not be "per-site media autoplay permissions"?

  2. NextWithoutFor

    And none of this improved functionality will make Mehedi's writing better.

  3. jbinaz

    I wish Edge had per-site zoom settings.

  4. CRoebuck

    But...….did they finally replace the Vista-era glass effect icon and make Paul happy ?

  5. JeffFerguson

    Mary Jo couldn't be happier! :)

  6. PeteB

    Please tell me its still proper Win32 Notepad.exe and not the UWP mobile app crap.

  7. Ekim

    "when you now select a word and then hit Ctrl+F, the Find dialog will automagically populate the dialog with the selected word" Now that is a useful and long overdue feature. This is how find works in Visual Studio. It should be a standard feature for find/replace.

  8. karlinhigh

    I love it when less-glamorous parts of Windows get attention - like Notepad or Task Manager.

  9. chrisrut

    Re Notepad changes: Finally, an update to something I use every day. :-) That actually looks very cool.

  10. SRLRacing

    I'm pretty happy about the Skip Ahead reset. I am in Skip Ahead and have been in desperate need of refreshing my install but have not done it since you get kicked from Skip Ahead when you do. Hopefully I can get in to it for the next round again.

  11. Dan1986ist

    Hope the secure boot violation some have reported with the 32-bit install of the previous build has actually been addressed and fixed in this build. Otherwise, those devices can't be updated to this new build.

  12. Brandon Mills

    Will these features pass the ever important, "Foley Test"?

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to BrandonMills:

      Realistically, this was meant for programmers who came from the Unix or Linux world and use Notepad as their primary dev tool as an upgrade to vi. (And, to be fair, also to those who also didn't want to spend a year learning emacs customization and configuration options)

  13. smashie

    I gave up with Notepad once I found Notepad ++