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

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.

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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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  • Daniel Kay

    11 July, 2018 - 1:25 pm

    <p>Should "<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">per-side media autoplay permissions" not be "per-site media autoplay permissions"?</span></p>

    • Mehedi Hassan

      Premium Member
      11 July, 2018 - 4:11 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#290653"><em>In reply to danny_kay1710:</em></a></blockquote><p>yep, thanks, fixed :)</p>

  • Brandon Mills

    11 July, 2018 - 1:30 pm

    <p>Will these features pass the ever important, "Foley Test"?</p>

    • MikeGalos

      12 July, 2018 - 10:28 am

      <blockquote><a href="#290654"><em>In reply to BrandonMills:</em></a></blockquote><p>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)</p>

      • hrlngrv

        Premium Member
        12 July, 2018 - 3:17 pm

        <p><a href="#291031"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></p><p>Programmers? The programmers using Windows but also choosing to use Notepad, and editor which doesn't support automatic indentation, nor regular expression search and replace, nor brace matching would be the same sort of programmers still using punch cards or paper tape. MSFT is designing Notepad for them, is it?</p>

        • skane2600

          13 July, 2018 - 12:33 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#291199"><em>In reply to hrlngrv:</em></a></blockquote><p>Notepad can punch cards or write to paper tape? I never realized that.</p>

      • Boris Zakharin

        13 July, 2018 - 9:36 am

        <blockquote><a href="#291031"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>Right, because the biggest feature notepad lacks as compared to vi is text zooming…</p>

  • Dan1986ist

    Premium Member
    11 July, 2018 - 1:33 pm

    <p>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. </p>

  • SRLRacing

    11 July, 2018 - 1:42 pm

    <p>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.</p>

  • chrisrut

    Premium Member
    11 July, 2018 - 2:06 pm

    <p>Re Notepad changes: Finally, an update to something I use every day. 🙂 That actually looks very cool.</p><p><br></p>

  • karlinhigh

    Premium Member
    11 July, 2018 - 2:07 pm

    <p>I love it when less-glamorous parts of Windows get attention – like Notepad or Task Manager.</p>

  • Ekim

    Premium Member
    11 July, 2018 - 2:50 pm

    <p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">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.</span></p>

  • PeteB

    11 July, 2018 - 3:11 pm

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

    • jimchamplin

      Premium Member
      11 July, 2018 - 4:28 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#290677"><em>In reply to PeteB:</em></a></blockquote><p>If it offers greater functionality with equal or greater stability <em>it doesn't matter.</em></p>

      • rkpatrick

        11 July, 2018 - 4:53 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#290700"><em>In reply to jimchamplin:</em></a></blockquote><p>If it makes me sit through a splash screen, it matters a lot. Ditto if it asks me to rate it before I even have a chance to use it, as per the UWP custom.</p><p><br></p>

        • lvthunder

          Premium Member
          11 July, 2018 - 5:13 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#290703"><em>In reply to rkpatrick:</em></a></blockquote><p>Calculator doesn't do either one of those.</p>

        • dontbe evil

          12 July, 2018 - 6:31 am

          <blockquote><a href="#290703"><em>In reply to rkpatrick:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>you should compare a fast and light notepad in UWP to a notepad in win32 … and not a notepad in win322 to a complex UWP that connects and download data from internet… I hope you know the difference</p>

        • jimchamplin

          Premium Member
          12 July, 2018 - 6:41 am

          <blockquote><a href="#290703"><em>In reply to rkpatrick:</em></a></blockquote><p>lol</p><p><br></p><p>Fair, especially on the rating! Fortunately it seems like they’ve learned their lesson on that. I haven’t been asked to rate an in-box app in some time. I might have the notification asking if I would recommend it, but the ridiculousness of asking one to rate Edge in the store – where it is not available – seems to have finally dawned on them.</p>

    • dontbe evil

      12 July, 2018 - 6:30 am

      <blockquote><a href="#290677"><em>In reply to PeteB:</em></a></blockquote><p>what if it's a UWP and they'll not tell you and you'll not notice the difference?</p>

  • JeffFerguson

    11 July, 2018 - 3:57 pm

    <p>Mary Jo couldn't be happier! :)</p>

  • CRoebuck

    Premium Member
    11 July, 2018 - 4:54 pm

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

  • jbinaz

    11 July, 2018 - 4:58 pm

    <p>I wish Edge had per-site zoom settings.</p>

  • NextWithoutFor

    12 July, 2018 - 8:42 am

    <p>And none of this improved functionality will make Mehedi's writing better. </p>

    • George Rae

      12 July, 2018 - 9:04 am

      <blockquote><a href="#290997"><em>In reply to NextWithoutFor:</em></a></blockquote><p>Why don’t you apply for a job here if you feel the writing is below your abilities. Or is your portfolio only filled with anonymous internet postings?</p>

      • NextWithoutFor

        12 July, 2018 - 10:00 am

        <blockquote><a href="#291004"><em>In reply to Sectime:</em></a></blockquote><p> Wawawawawawawaaaaaa. LOL. Thanks for checking in, Mehedi's mom!</p>

        • George Rae

          12 July, 2018 - 5:44 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#291023"><em>In reply to NextWithoutFor:</em></a></blockquote><p>Asked and answered, exactly as expected. </p>

  • smashie

    15 July, 2018 - 6:01 am

    <p>I gave up with Notepad once I found Notepad ++</p>

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