Following Mspaint and WordPad, Notepad is also expected to be an “optional feature” on Windows 10, meaning that unwanted users can uninstall it at any time. Media pointed out that in the Windows 10 20H1 Build 19041 (RTM Candidate) version, Microsoft had quietly added Notepad to the list of “optional features” programs.
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Access the Optional Features section of Windows 10 through the Settings app allows users to turn certain features on or off. For example, users can disable IE browsers, Media Player players, Quick Assist, and several language options.
Microsoft says many users want to uninstall any features they don’t apply to, or even popular apps such as a tablet, notepad, drawing, and classic apps like Windows Media Player.
As you can see, the Notepad app also appears on the Optional Features page in the Windows 10 20H1 Build 19041 (RTM Candidate) version. After uninstalling, the user needs to restart the device to remove it completely from the system.
When you do this, Notepad disappears completely from Windows 10’s running, command prompts, and Windows search results. Of course, you can reinstall it as an optional feature at any time if you need it.
By allowing users to uninstall notepad, users will be able to install third-party applications, such as the critically acclaimed Notepad. As for drawing apps, you can also install third-party replacements such as binding Paint.NET.
By splitting optional features, Microsoft can enable some programs to improve and upgrade faster than the system in the Microsoft Store. However, you still need to edit the key values of the registry before setting it to a default open application.