Microsoft continues to enhance and expand the features of the Windows 11 Notepad application, with the latest addition being a built-in character counter. Previously, users had to rely on third-party alternatives like Notepad2 or Notepad to quickly count characters in a text file. However, with the release of Notepad version 11.2311.29.0, Microsoft has finally included a character counter in the status bar of Notepad.

When text is selected, the status bar now displays the character count for both the selected text and the entire document. In cases where no text is selected, the character count for the entire document is shown, providing users with a clear view of the document’s length.

In addition to the character counter, Microsoft has also introduced an “Edit with Notepad” option in the File Explorer context menu. This allows users to quickly open and edit any file using the Notepad text editor.

The redesigned Notepad for Windows 11, which was rolled out in December 2021, features a dark theme, multi-level undo, and support for tabs. It also includes improvements for managing unsaved files, such as a built-in unsaved changes indicator.

With the latest Canary build, Microsoft has started testing a new way to “undock” the Windows Copilot AI assistant, making it more accessible while working on a busy desktop with multiple app windows. Additionally, new widgets board settings have been added, allowing users to choose which feeds appear on the widgets board.

Furthermore, Microsoft has introduced Server flights, starting with the Windows Server Preview Build 26010 in the Canary Channel. To enroll your device in the Windows Insider program and set up Windows Server flighting, navigate to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program. Server flights will begin in early 2024, and the intention is to release the same builds as the client (desktop) versions, with a slightly different release schedule.

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