Did You Know Notepad Could Do This?

Yeah, that Notepad. It has a feature that few know about, and I’m not talking about word wrap. You can actually use it as a log file.

By typing “.LOG” on the first line of a Notepad file and then saving the file, you automatically add a current date and time stamp every time you re-open the file.

And it even works in the Notepad version on Windows Server 2008.

Image from Windows Server 2008

I’ve known about this for years, but it’s always fun when I re-remember it.


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