Notepad log file

Notepad (in Windows) has a unique feature that a lot of people don’t know about. If you open a file in Notepad where the first line contains “.LOG” you will automatically see the current time and date appended to the end of the file. Here is how it works:

  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Type .LOG on the first line, and press ENTER to go to the next line.
  3. Save the file (you can save it with any file extension).
  4. Each time you open the file you’ll see the time/date appended on a new line, and your cursor will automatically be placed on the line following the time/date.

Why would something like this be useful? I’ve used it in the past when I’ve need to keep a running log of events that I had to manually track. That way whenever something would happen that I needed to log I’d just open the text file, type what I needed, save it, and close it. It may not necessarily be the most elegant solution for something like this, but it works without the need for any third-party apps.

Microsoft Support: How to Use Notepad to Create a Log File