About Notepad

Notepad is Windows’ venerable text editor accessory. Any who has used a previous version of windows will recognize notepad as an old friend. It is been part of the windows scene for ages and has hardly changed a bit. Notepad reads and creates plain ASCII  (or ANSI) text files with no fancy formatting options or other word processing features- just plain text. This apparent limitation is really notepad strength. You know that the text files you create with notepad are clean, devoid of any extraneous data introduced by a word processing program thus ensuring compatibility with just about every text editor and word processing program around. Because of this feature, notepad is a favourite tool of programmers for quick work with batch files, script, HTML- coded Web pages, and the like. Notepad is also a handy tool for viewing plain text files such as Readme document that accompany just about every program disk and downloaded program.

(a)    To open Notepad, click Start –Program –Accessories- Notepad, When you launch the program, the notepad window appears, displaying a blank, untitled document. Figure below shows the notepad window containing a text file.

(b)   Notepad is a simple program to use. To enter text, just begin typing. After entering some text, you can use the standard mouse and keyboard techniques to move the cursor and to select and edit text. Notepad menus are also simple. The file menu contains the customary commands to open, save, and print files, and to exit the program. The Edit menu contains the usual assortment of cut , copy and paste, and delete commands, plus commands to access the find and replace features. The only unexpected element is the edit- Time/Date command that automatically inserts the current time and date into your text document. The format menu contains just two commands; Word Wrap, which determines whether or not notepad should wrap lines of text to fit within the window and font , which selects the font notepad uses for onscreen display. The font selection affects the display only, not the text file you create with notepad.

(c)    To create a new text file while editing and existing file in Notepad, choose File – New Notepad will prompt you to save the, current  file and then display a new, blank text file in notepad.

(d)   To save your text document, Choose File – Save to open the Save As dialog box. Select the folder where you want to save the file and enter a name for the file. (Notepad automatically adds the .TXT extension to the filename when you save the file, unless you put double quotes around the filename ). Click Save to close the dialog box and save the file.