How Do I Use Notepad?

by Nathan E. Baker

Notepad is a rudimentary word processing program that Microsoft includes with its Windows operating system. Use Notepad to create simple text documents. Writers and programmers use Notepad for taking notes and writing brief lines of HTML and other programming code. Notepad saves files as plain text with a .txt extension. Formatting is basic -- font and point size -- tables, graphics and photos are not supported. Find Notepad in the Accessories folder in Windows 7 and in the list of installed Apps in Windows 8. Open Notepad just like any other Windows application.

The Notepad Menu

* **File** – New, Open, Save, Save As, Page Setup, Print, Exit * **Edit** – Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Find, Find Next, Replace, Go To, Select All, Time/Date * **Format** – Word Wrap, Font * **View** – Status Bar * **Help** – View Help, About Notepad Most commands are common to other word processing software. To create a new file, click the **File** menu, then click **New.** To open a file, click **File**, then click **Open**. To print a file, click **File**, then click **Print**. To save a file, click **File**, then **Save** or **Save As**.

Word Wrap and the Status Bar

Word wrap, when enabled, commands the text to automatically wrap within the Notepad window so text remains visible. The status bar at the bottom of the window displays document information. Click **View**, then click **Status Bar** to enable the status bar. The status bar won't appear if word wrap is enabled.

Alternatives to Notepad

If you find Notepad to be limited, try [Notepad++](http://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v6.7.7.html), [Textpad](http://www.textpad.com/download/index.html) or [Editpad](http://www.editpadlite.com/). These applications are similar to Notepad, but offer more functions, like opening multiple documents and allowing page numbering.

About the Author

Based in Florida, Nathan E. Baker is a professional technical writer and web master. He has nearly three decades of experience with software, surveillance electronics, computers and cyber security. He researches technology and enjoys breaking down complex topics into articles suitable for a wide variety of audiences.

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