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Notepad on Windows 11 is finally getting a character count

Screenshot of Notepad on Windows 11
It’s like Microsoft Word, but Notepad. | Image: Microsoft

Microsoft has been gradually improving its built-in Notepad app on Windows 11 in recent years, and now, it’s finally getting a character count. In a new Canary channel test version of Windows 11, Microsoft has added the character count at the bottom much like Microsoft Word’s count of the number of words in a document.

“When text is selected, the status bar shows the character count for both the selected text and the entire document,” explains Microsoft’s Windows Insider team in a blog post. “If no text is selected, the character count for the entire document is displayed, ensuring you always have a clear view of your document’s length.”

This is the latest addition in a line of changes to Notepad this year, with the app recently getting…

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