An upcoming feature of WordPad has been discovered by enthusiasts, revealing in-app ads that promote Microsoft Office. The change is hidden in recent Insider Preview builds, and not activated for most users.
WordPad is a very simple text editor, more powerful than Notepad, but still less feature rich than Microsoft Word or LibreOffice Writer. It is good for creating a simple text document without complicated formatting.
Tip: You might be interested in learning WordPad's keyboard shortcuts.
New research shows that Microsoft is testing ads in WordPad on Windows 10.
The ads encourage the user to try Word, Excel and PowerPoint online. Here are six different variants of ads.
If you are a Windows Insider running Windows 10 build 19546, you can try to enable the ads feature and see it in action as follows.
To Enable Ads In WordPad,
- Download the mach2 tool from its official GitHub page. To find which version you need, see the article How to determine if you are running 32-bit Windows or 64-bit.
- Extract the ZIP archive to any folder you want. For example, you can extract it to the folder c:\mach2.
- Open a new command prompt as Administrator.
- Go to the folder that contains your copy of the mach2 tool. E.g.
cd /d c:\mach2
- Type the following command:
mach2 enable 23834136 -v 1.
- To try other ad variants, change the last number in a range from 1 to 6, e.g.
mach2 enable 23834136 -v 2,
mach2 enable 23834136 -v 5, etc.
This will enable wordpad ads on your Windows 10 PC.
Credits go to Rafael Rivera.
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