"NOTEPAD.EXE Has Encountered a Problem and Needs to Close" Error Message Appears When You Try to Quit Notepad

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When you try to use Notepad to open a large text file, Notepad may seem to stop responding (hang). If you try to close Notepad, the following error message may appear:
NOTEPAD.EXE has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
The following error signature information appears in the error report:
App Name      App Version      Module Name      Module Version      Offset
NOTEPAD.EXE   5.1.2600.0       Kernel32.dll     5.1.2600.0          00017df0


This behavior can occur if you quit Notepad while Notepad is trying to load a large file, for example, a file whose size is close to or equal to the amount of available RAM.


To work around this behavior, use WordPad to open large files.


Article ID: 311800 - Last Review: July 8, 2002 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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