15 of the Best Notepad Tricks, Hacks and Commands

It’s no secret that computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, have become the most essential and basic amenities for almost everyone with a computer, laptop, or mobile device.

Usually, people purchase a computer or a laptop for handling some educational or professional work. One of the amazing things about Microsoft Windows is that it helps you write, prepare presentations, make Excel sheets, and more. Likewise, the Notepad app can assist you; it’s basically a scratchpad helpful for documenting everyday things—reminders, phone numbers, etc. What most people don’t know is that there are many cool hacking tricks Notepad and commands to enhance your experience.

These Notepad tricks can be done directly on your PC, so you can play around with it easily. Here are some alternative uses of Notepad that you’ve got to try out, and that’s why we bring you 15 of the Best Notepad Tricks, Hacks and Commands

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Notepad tricks and commands

Notepad is a simple text editor offered by Microsoft’s Windows OS. Generally, we make use of Notepad for typing purposes and saving files to keep record of important things. Sometimes, Notepad is used by web designers and programmers for coding purposes. It also supports several different types of extensions.

Usually, people consider Notepad just as a text editor, but it’s more than that. In this article, you can find simple and Notepad tricks, commands, and other features that are accessible within the app. We can even use Notepad as a powerful tool to control and manipulate computer programs and services. By using these Notepad tricks, you can even prank or have fun with your friends. Check it out!

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14 of the Best Notepad Tricks, Hacks, and Commands

1. Turn Notepad into a Diary

You can turn Notepad into a diary using this cool method. Most people might not know that we can use Notepad as a diary with a date and timestamp on entries. This is one of the most amazing notepad tricks which you must try today. Just follow the simple steps given below to perform this:

  • First, open Notepad.
  • In the first line, type .LOG.
  • Save this file as a .txt  file. Then, write something on the notepad and save the file again.
  • Close the saved file, and when you open it next, you should notice it being saved with the timestamp and the date.

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2. Shutdown Your Windows PC Using Notepad

This is a notepad trick which you might find helpful in sticky situations. There come many times when you are not able to shut down your computer using the shutdown button. In one of those cases, you can use this Notepad trick to shut down your PC super quickly.

  • First, open Notepad.
  • On the first line, type: @echo off.
  • In the second line, type: msg * Shutdown computer
  • For the third line, type: shutdown –c “Sleep Tight” –s
  • Save this file with a .BAT extension. In order to save the file with the .bat extension, you have to designate the file type as All Files from the drop-down menu.

  • Next time you click on this file, Windows will be shut down automatically.

3. Test Your Anti-Virus Using Notepad Tricks

Do you want to check if your Antivirus software’s real-time protection is working correctly? Then this European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research (EICAR) code will help you in that. Using this Notepad trick, you can test your anti-virus program for its effectiveness. Just follow the steps given below:

  • Open Notepad.
  • Copy and paste this code into the notepad file: X5O!P%@AP[4PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*
  • Save it with a .exe extension, for example “testantivirus.exe.”

  • Once you save this file, your anti-virus program will detect any viruses immediately and will attempt to delete them.
  • If this happens, then your anti-virus system is working properly. If not, then it’s time to look for a more reliable program.

4. Create A Password-Protected Folder Using Notepad

Notepad can lock your folders for you. It’s quite important to protect your folders with passwords. Luckily, there are various password manager software out there which upload data on their servers. To lock folders using Notepad, follow these steps:

  • Open a new document in Notepad.
  • Copy the code below into the new Notepad document:

@ECHO OFF

title Folder Private

if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK

if NOT EXIST Private goto MDLOCKER

:CONFIRM

echo Are you sure you want to lock the folder(Y/N)

set/p “cho=>”

if %cho%==Y goto LOCK

if %cho%==y goto LOCK

if %cho%==n goto END

if %cho%==N goto END

echo Invalid choice.

goto CONFIRM

:LOCK

ren Private “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

echo Folder locked

goto End

:UNLOCK

echo Enter password to unlock folder

set/p “pass=>”

if NOT %pass%== 123456789 goto FAIL

attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” Private

echo Folder Unlocked successfully

goto End

:FAIL

echo Invalid password

goto end

:MDLOCKER

md Private

echo Private created successfully

goto End

:End

  • You will get a default password, “123456789”. Just change this to your own new password.
  • Designate the file type as All Files (*.*) and save it as private.bat.
  • When you click on the private.bat shortcut, it will create a private folder. You can move all your confidential files here.
  • Once done, close the Private Folder.
  • Now, no one will be able to access this folder without knowing the password.

5. Make Your PC Speak

This Notepad trick will make your computer speak any sentence you want it to. To do this, follow these steps:

Dim message, sapi

message=InputBox(“What do you want me to say?”,”Speak to Me”)

Set sapi=CreateObject(“sapi.spvoice”)

sapi.Speak message

  • Now, save the file as speak.vbs. You can either save the file type as All files.

  • Double-click the file, and it will open a prompt. Enter the sentence you want your PC or laptop to speak.
  • Hit OK and Notepad will speak the sentence for you.
  • Cool trick, isn’t it?

6. Pop Out CD Drive Continuously

This is a Notepad trick that should be performed a bit carefully. By implementing this funny command, the CD Drive of the system will keep popping in and out until you restart your system. So, before doing this, make sure you have access to a restart for your system. Just follow these steps to do it properly:

  • Open a new Notepad file. Just copy and paste the below commands in the empty notepad file:

Set oWMP = CreateObject(“WMPlayer.OCX.7”)

Set colCDROMs = oWMP.cdromCollection

do

ifcolCDROMs.Count>= 1 then

For i = 0 to colCDROMs.Count – 1

colCDROMs.Item(i).Eject

Next

For i = 0 to colCDROMs.Count – 1

colCDROMs.Item(i).Eject

Next

End If

wscript.sleep 5000

loop

  • Now save the notepad file with a .vbs extension. To do so, simply enter the desired name of the file and add .vbs just after the name. Then, in file type option, choose All Files from the drop-down menu.
  • When you double-click on the saved file, the CD drive of the system will continuously pop out.

7. Make Your Keyboard LED Dance

Your keyboard has three LEDs above the number pad: Scroll Lock, Caps Lock, and Num Lock. This Notepad trick will make those three LEDs continually turn on and off, creating dancing effects. In this trick, you will see your keyboard led will be dancing continuously. Just follow these steps to do so:

  • Open Notepad.
  • Enter the following code:

Set wshShell =wscript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
do
wscript.sleep 100
wshshell.sendkeys “{CAPSLOCK}”
wshshell.sendkeys “{NUMLOCK}”
wshshell.sendkeys “{SCROLLLOCK}”
loop

  • Just save the file with .vbs extension and it could be something like this, Dance.vbs.
  • Click the file to run and all your three LED lights will start dancing.

 

  • If you want to stop it then open Task Manager by pressing ctrl + shift + Esc. Now switch to process tab and search wscript.exe and terminate it.

8. Matrix Effect

Just follow these steps to see an amazing matrix effect occur in your DOS window:

  • Open Notepad.
  • Copy the below text to your notepad file:

@echo off
color 02
:start
echo %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random%
goto start

  • Save the file with a .bat extension like Matrix.bat.
  • That’s it! Just open the file to see the matrix effect right before your eyes.

9. Open Notepad Continuously

  • Open Notepad.
  • Paste the following code into your notepad file:

@ECHO off

:top

START %SystemRoot%system32notepad.exe

GOTO top

  • Save the file with any name, add the .bat extension and close it.
  • Now open the file and see how it annoys you by opening Notepad over and over again. This one can get old fast.

10. Convert Text Into Audio Using Notepad

  • Open Notepad file on your Windows PC.
  • Copy and paste this code:

Dim msg, sapi
msg=InputBox(“Enter your text for conversion–www.techvorm.com”,”TechVorm Text-To-Audio Converter”)
Set sapi=CreateObject(“sapi.spvoice”)
sapi.Speak msg

  • Save this file with any name with .vbs as an extension. For example: Text-To-Audio.vbs
  • That’s it! You can now use your text-to-audio converter.
  • Now, open the saved file and type in the text you want to convert. Then, click OK.

11. Create A Batch File Virus Using Notepad Tricks

This is the funniest and most interesting Notepad trick. The best thing about this prank is that it looks like an actual virus attack. If you have a good anti-virus, then it will detect this fake virus as a Trojan. Follow the steps below:

  • Firstly, open Notepad.
  • Now copy this code and paste it into Notepad:

cls

:A

color 0a

cls

@echo off

echo Wscript.Sleep

echo Wscript.Sleep 5000>C:sleep5000.vbs

echo Wscript.Sleep 3000>C:sleep3000.vbs

echo Wscript.Sleep 4000>C:sleep4000.vbs

echo Wscript.Sleep 2000>C:sleep2000.vbs

cd %systemroot%System32

dir

cls

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep3000.vbs

echo Deleting Critical System Files…

echo del *.*

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep3000.vbs

echo Deletion Successful!

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep2000.vbs

echo:

echo:

echo:

echo Deleting Root Partition…

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep2000.vbs

echo del %SYSTEMROOT%

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep4000.vbs

echo Deletion Successful!

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep2000.vbs

echo:

echo:

echo:

echo Creating Directory h4x…

cd C:Documents and SettingsAll Users

Start MenuPrograms mkdir h4x

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep3000.vbs

echo Directory Creation Successful!

echo:

echo:

echo:

echo Execution Attempt 1…

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep3000.vbs

echo cd C:Documents and SettingsAll Users

Start MenuProgramsStartuph4x

echo start hax.exe

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep3000.vbs

echo Virus Executed!
echo:

echo:

echo:

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep2000.vbs 

echo Disabling Windows Firewall…

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep2000.vbs

echo Killing all processes… start /w wscript.exe C:sleep2000.vbs

echo Allowing virus to boot from startup… 

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep2000.vbs

echo:

echo:

echo Virus has been executed successfully!

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep2000.vbs echo:

echo Have fun!

start /w wscript.exe C:sleep2000.vbs

pause

shutdown -s -t 10 -c “Your computer has committed to death. Have a nice day.”

 

  • Send the file to your friends and tell them to run the file. Now, watch the chaos ensue.

12. Type “You are a Fool” Continuously

  • Open Notepad.
  • Paste the following code into the notepad file:

Set wshShell = wscript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)

do

wscript.sleep 100

wshshell.sendkeys “You are a fool.”

loop

  • Save the file with any name (your choice) but save it with .vbs extension. Then, close the file.
  • Open the file and see how it makes you type!

NOTE: In order to stop the vbs script, open your task manager and end the wscript.exe process.
Warning: This trick might be little messy and make all your windows and current processes blink numerous times, and show the message as “You are a Fool”! So, before trying this trick, please be careful!

13. Disable the Mouse

This is another interesting notepad trick that disables your mouse after double-clicking a created file:

  • Open Notepad.
  • Enter the following code in the notepad file:

rem Disable Mouse
set key=”HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsystemCurrentControlSetServicesMouclass”
reg delete %key%
reg add %key% /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4

  • Save the file with Name.vbs extension and run it.
  • This Notepad trick has now disabled your mouse!

14. Change The Header/Footer Of Your Notepad File

Suppose you want to get a printout of your notepad file. By default, it starts with Untitled” or the filename at the top, and “Page” on the bottom. If you want to get rid of it, or at least want to change it, just follow these steps:

  • Open Notepad.
  • Click on File >> Page Setup.
  • Replace the text written in the “Header” and “Footer” box by any of the following codes:

&l Left-align the characters that follow

&c Center the characters that follow

&r Right-align the characters that follow

&d Print the current date

&t Print the current time

&f Print the name of the document

&p Print the page number

There you go! These Notepad tricks are interesting, and can let you have a little fun with your friends or colleagues. Enjoy!