Notepad: F5 and .LOG??

A colleague of mine, showed this simple trick!

You may, as I, use Notepad for documentation in troubleshooting scenarios or other time sensitive logging incidents, and often type date and time into it, but hey, try run notepad and press “F5” and see what happens! 🙂

And if you want the file to be “marked” with time and date, just add “.LOG” in the beginning of it, then save and reopen, watch the magic 😉

Long live the lazy people 🙂


  1. Chad Rexin

    That’s a good tip. Although I use Notepad2 or Notepad++ more frequently, this will still be a handy tip as I have computers where Notepad2 or Notepad++ cannot be installed to and notepad is sometimes just a quick and easy solution for something where I just need to take a few notes or to view a small log file.

    1. Martin (Post author)

      Exactly, and thanks for commenting 😉


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