about WordPad

Notepad is not the only windows accessory program designed for editing text. If you are looking for editing combined with the formatting capabilities of word processing program, check out WordPad. WordPad is another accessory that has been around for while. The windows 2000 version of WordPad is essentially unchanged from the accessory that has been included in all the recent version of windows.


This successor to the old windows write program offers the features you did expect to find in a basic word processing application. You can enter and edit text and format your document with fonts, paragraph spacing and alignment, tabs and indents, bullets, and so on. You can even add pictures and similar objects to a WordPad document and print the formatted document or save it using the RTF (Rich Text Format) file format. Word pad also reads and writes plain text files and Microsoft Word 6 document files although WordPad does not support all of word features.


What you won’t find in WordPad is advanced word processing features such as tables, outlining and automatic numbering, mail merge facilities, and revision tracking. One surprising omission is the lack of a spell check feature or thesaurus in WordPad. Still, WordPad is more than adequate for preparing letters and memos and performing many other routine word processing chores.


a)    To Launch WordPad, Click on Start – then click on Program then – Accessories- finally click to select WordPad. WordPad window has the look of a typical word processing program.


b)    Enter and format text to create a document. Routine operations in WordPad are typical of most windows word processing programs. The menus are straight forward and hold no surprises. The buttons and drop-down list boxes on the toolbars give you easy access to most of the common formatting options, so you rarely need to explore the Word Pad menus. Text entry and editing follow the conventions you expect from any Windows based program.


c)    Choose file – Save As to open the save As dialog box. Enter a name for your document, select the file type and location, and then click Save to save file.