3 Fun Tricks to Use Notepad on Windows

Notepad is one of the oldest built-in apps in Windows. It’s also arguably the simplest text editor you can find on Windows. It’s so simple that people can’t use it for any extensive work, such as coding. But still, it’s a great editor for easy and quick file editing, especially when you are on a computer that doesn’t have any other fancy editors like Notepad++ installed.

Besides, here are three pretty fun tricks that you can use in Notepad.

Use as a personal diary with auto-timestamped entires

You heard that right. It allows you to create a text file in a format that inserts the date and timestamp automatically every time you open the file.

  1. Create a new text file and open it in Notepad.
  2. Type .LOG in the first line.
  3. Save and close the file. You can name it whatever you like.

Now, from this point on, every time you open this file, the timestamp will be inserted automatically at the end of the file, waiting for your next entry to the file.

notepad-log-file

Making a virus sample to test your anti-virus software

Create a new file in Notepad, paste in the following code to the file and save it.

X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

Then, rename it to a .exe file so it becomes an executable file.

Now, double-click the file and see if your anti-virus is able to pick it up.

notepad-virus-same

Why is this special series of the string considered as a virus? Check out this intended use to find out.

This virus sample above is not intended to test how good and reliable your anti-virus software is. Rather, it’s there to test if the anti-virus software you invested and installed is working.

Making your own Matrix effects right on your own computer

Create a new file in Notepad, paste in the following code and save as a .bat file that is executable.

@echo off
color 02
:start
echo %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random%
goto start

Now, double-click it and enjoy the Matrix effects appearing on your screen.

notepad-metrix

That’s about it for now. Enjoy.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 11/05/2016

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Alan
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“Making your own Metrix effects right on your own computer”
Shouldnt that be Matrix Kent?

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