How to use the “Explain with Copilot” feature in Notepad on Windows 11

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The new “Explain with Copilot” feature in Notepad on Windows 11 enables users to obtain explanations for selected text by right-clicking or using Ctrl + E. This function in version 11.2401.25.0, available in the Canary and Dev Channels, aids in understanding logs, code, and other content directly in Notepad.

This article explains using the “Explain with Copilot” feature in Notepad on Windows 11.

Notepad is a simple text editor that comes pre-installed on Windows operating systems. It lets users quickly create and edit plain text files, such as notes, scripts, and batch files.


Starting with the Notepad version 11.2401.25.0 in the Canary and Dev Channels update on Windows 11, Microsoft added a new feature that helps you quickly understand content in your text files.

With “Explain with Copilot,” you can ask Copilot in Windows to help explain log files, code segments, or any selected content directly from within Notepad.

Simply highlight any text, right-click, choose “Explain with Copilot” from the menu, or use the new Ctrl + E keyboard shortcut, and a detailed explanation will appear in Copilot.

Using “Explains with Copilot in Notepad

As mentioned, a new feature allows users to right-click and select text within Notepad to have Copilot provide a detailed explanation.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open Notepad or open a text file in Notepad.

Then, select and right-click on any text in Notepad. Or press the Ctrl + E keys.

Notepad explains with Copilot
Photo by Microsoft

A pop-up window will open when you click to Explain with Copilot. On the Copilot window, click “Send” to confirm.

Notepad explains with Copilot send button

A detailed explanation of the select text will appear in Copilot.

That should do it!

Reference:

Windows blog

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to use Notepad’s “Explain with Copilot” feature. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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