Notepad Is Going To Microsoft Store, Again

If you remember, Microsoft had first added Notepad to the Store, and made it an optional feature in Windows 10, but later had made announcement that the change wouldn't be pushed to consumers, leaving Notepad bundled as a regular Win32 app in the OS. However, this has changed again.


Windows 10 Notepad In The Store

In addition to both Paint and WordPad apps, Notepad was listed as an optional feature in a number of 20H1 builds, which represent Windows 10 version 2004.

Windows 10 Find Notepad In The List

However, the situation had changed with Windows 10 Build 19035. The official announcement stated:

Thank you for all the feedback you provided on the Store version of Notepad. At this time, we’ve decided not to roll this out to customers. Insiders may notice some changes as we remove this change from this build:

  • If you pinned Notepad to your Taskbar or Start menu, you will need to re-pin after you upgrade to this new build.
  • If you had certain file types set to open in Notepad by default, you will see a prompt when you try to open files of that type again and will need to re-select Notepad.

What is really surprising is that Notepad receives and update on Microsoft Store, now having version number 10.1912.1.0. Besides the version bump, the package now includes a modern colorful icon, designed for Windows 10X.

Windows 10X Colorful Notepad Fluent Icon

Also, it has been restored in 'Optional features' in Windows 10 build 19041, a 20H1 build (version 2004) that was recently released to the Slow ring.

Notepad In Optional Features

This change makes it possible to uninstall Notepad easily, and also re-install it without visiting Microsoft Store.

Notepad is one of the classic Windows apps that had seen updates rarely. However, starting with Windows 10 Build 17661, Notepad has received plenty of new features and improvements. Now it can handle large text files without issues, comes with performance improvements, and includes the following new options:

You can download Notepad from Microsoft Store here:

Notepad on Microsoft Store here

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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