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Write to your heart's delight with Nextpad for Windows 10 PC and Mobile

Nextpad is a notepad app for Windows 10 that has a simple design and plenty of features for creating text documents. Features such as voice to text support, multiple tab support and being Continuum ready.

Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, Nextpad has an old-school word processor feel about it and supports multiple file formats including .TXT, .HTML and Javascript. The free app is ad-supported and while the Windows 10 Mobile version felt a little cramped, the Windows 10 PC version turns out to be a nice option for those looking for a light-weight (1.55MB) notepad app.

The layout of Nextpad reminds me of an early version of Word or WordPerfect and follows a traditional word processor design. There is a menu bar that spans the top of the display with the body of your document filling most of the screen. Across the bottom of the screen, the file name and line/word count is displayed.


Nextpad is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, with the design of the app being fairly consistent between the two device styles. However, due to the smaller screen of the Windows 10 Mobile phones, the app comes across very cramped. The larger screens of PC and tablets offer more elbow room to allow the menu bar to stretch out.

Commands on Nextpad's menu bar include:

  • File Commands: This involves creating a new file, opening an existing file, saving a file and a "save as" option.
  • Edit Commands: This menu grouping includes undo, redo, cut all, copy all and delete functions.
  • Settings Commands: This option transitions the app to the settings menu that includes font, theme, speech and text options. This also includes the About screen, Changelog screen and a summary of any keyboard shortcuts available.

Text options within Nextpad's settings offer you the option to turn on or off the spell checker, app notifications, text wrapping, auto-scrolling, text prediction and the Pick Up Where I Left Off feature. The Pick Up Where I Left Off option is a handy feature and basically opens the app up to where stopped working.


Along with the command options, the menu bar contains several typesetting options ranging from bold, italics and underline options to copy/paste options. There is also a search button to located words within your document, a share button and the voice command options.

Voice commands allow you to have your document read aloud or convert your spoken word to text. In proofing a document, it can get tiring reading text over and over. It is an easy to become complacent and simply miss a content error. Being able to listen to your written word is a nice feature to have that might help you identify errors in content or simply determine if what you have written makes sense.

The voice to text feature is another handy feature and performed decently. There were a few translation errors but nothing so widespread to render this feature useless. The only downside to this feature is that it has two confirmation screens. The first to confirm what the app heard you say and the second to confirm what was said is transcribed correctly. It's not exactly a feature designed for expedience.


One more feature worth noting is the tab support where you can have multiple documents open at once. This is not exactly a groundbreaking concept but nice to see incorporated. For many, the tab option is a must have feature to allow easy access to multiple documents.

While many may fall back on Microsoft Word for their document creation, Nextpad is a feature-rich option worth considering if you need something with a little less horsepower. The footprint of the free Windows 10 app is only 1.55MB making Nextpad a lightweight option if storage space is an issue. I would like to see the voice to text feature a little more streamlined, but as is, Nextpad is a clean looking, capable notepad app for Windows 10.

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • The mobile version needs workout....Niceeee**Pari**
  • Better replacement for Notepad rather than Word. Like the tab capability.
  • I prefer notepad next because of its simplicity in the overall UI and having tabs is what you all really need for simple note taking. The UI of nextpad just look so cluttered. For html and javascript writing you better of using a featured heavy app like code writer or notepad++ Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Notepad++ is good stuff, but now I prefer to do quick javascript/html editing in VS code which loads almost as fast, but has the editor of visual studio
  • I'm addicted to notepad++, like how you don't have to save new notes.
  • That UI is like lemon juice to the eyes!
  • Padnote lets you use multiple windows
  • my eyes!!!! mobile version #fail
  • Does not recognize cyrillic symbols. It's useless for me, for now. :)
  • NotepadX is better ;)
  • OK, I understand this if you don't have an Office 365 account, but if you do, you can just use the Word Mobile app.
  • If you're on Mobile you can always use Word for free. On PC you may just use Notepad. Either way there are better options such as Notiny (which was featured here a few months ago) and NotepadX.
  • In mobile i am not able to create new file in all office app . Only view option , sad part is, it is free for android and ios :( Windows FAN... >>LUMIA 640 XL
  • Lol are you joking. It is possible just hit the +new button on top
  • @kunaltipre No he is not. This appears to be bug. Word on m Windows mobile was asking for Office subcription and prevented me from creating and editing documents until I reset my phone.
  • Full version office is only available for free upto 5inch screen size im using 540 so its free for me
  • Well this is good. But what about Microsoft revamping the traditional apps as UWP for windows 10. So, I guess Microsoft to push the WordPad, paint, snipping tool, task manager, notepad, sticky notes, windows journal for mobile too will be a great hit! Looking forward to this.
  • I was alarmed to discover that Win10 Mobile does not natively support .TXT file viewing (unlike Windows Phone). I wound up downloading a very simple app called "nsTXT" which allows not only viewing, but also editing, saving, and even printing simple text files. For viewing, you can adjust the font, size, and encoding too, which helps with smaller screens. It's not the prettiest, but it is fairly clean, and works well.
  • How can i neglect the right side box
  • Problem with Bangla typing