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In versions earlier than 7, Notepad interprets CRLF as a newline. While on Mac/Unix newline is just LF. Have they(MS) added this essential feature in the new Notepad??

PS: Don't have a Win 7 machine around, otherwise would have checked out myself.

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Just tried it, and no, Notepad still needs a CR character to insert a new line(Windows 7, build 7600 x64). The following ASCII file (0x0A == LF)

48 65 6c 6c 6f 0a 57 6f  72 6c 64 0a 0a           |Hello.World..|

renders as:

alt text

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why Microsoft...why??? boohoooohooo... – detj Nov 6 '09 at 22:08
Cause they would be sued for having included a too powerful text editor in Windows (after IE and Media Player) ;-) – Snark Nov 6 '09 at 22:38

Wordpad always supported this feature, and Wordpad in windows 7 is much enhanced in other ways. It's almost a 'Microsoft Word Lite' now.

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