WordPad is a text-editing program you can use to create and edit documents. Unlike Notepad, WordPad documents can include rich formatting and graphics, and you can link to or embed objects, such as pictures or other documents.
Open WordPad by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type WordPad, and then, in the list of results, click WordPad.
Use the following commands to create, open, or save documents:
Create a new document
Open a document
Save a document
Save a document with a new name or format
WordPad can be used to open and save text documents (.txt), rich text files (.rtf), Word documents (.docx), and OpenDocument Text (.odt) documents. Documents in other formats are opened as plain text documents and might not appear as expected.
There's a quick way to put the commands you use most often in WordPad within easy reach—put them on the Quick Access Toolbar above the ribbon.
To add a WordPad command to the Quick Access Toolbar, right-click a button or command, and then click Add to Quick Access Toolbar.
Formatting refers to how the text in your document looks as well as how it's arranged. You can use the ribbon, located just underneath the title bar to easily change the formatting in your document. For example, you can choose from many different fonts and font sizes, and you can make your text almost any color you want. You can also easily change how your document is aligned.
Use the following commands to change the formatting of your document:
Change how text looks in your document
Select the text that you want to change, and then use the buttons on the Home tab in the Font group. For more information about what each button does, hover over the button for a description.
Change how text is aligned in your document
Select the text that you want to change, and then use the buttons on the Home tab in the Paragraph group. For more information about what each button does, hover over the button for a description.
Use the following commands to insert the current date or a picture:
Insert the current date
On the Home tab, in the Insert group, click Date and time.
Click the format you want, and then click OK.
Insert a picture
On the Home tab, in the Insert group, click Picture.
Locate the picture that you want to insert, and then click Open.
Insert a drawing
On the Home tab, in the Insert group, click Paint drawing.
Create the drawing that you want to insert and then close Paint.
Use the following commands to view documents:
Increase or decrease the zoom level
On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom in or Zoom out.
View the document at its actual size
On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click 100%.
Display the ruler
On the View tab, in the Show or hide group, select the Ruler check box.
Display the status bar
On the View tab, in the Show or hide group, select the Status bar check box.
Change the word wrap settings
On the View tab, in the Settings group, click Word wrap, and then click the setting that you want.
Change the unit of measurement on the ruler
On the View tab, in the Settings group, click Measurement units, and then click the units that you want.
WordPad is a basic word processor that is included in Windows. A word processor is a computer program that you can use to create, edit, view, and print text documents. With WordPad, you can type letters, book reports, and other simple documents. You can also change how the text looks, quickly move sentences and paragraphs around, and copy and paste text within and between documents.
There are four main parts of the WordPad window:
The toolbar. The toolbar contains buttons for basic commands, including saving and printing. To find out what a button does, rest your mouse pointer on it. A box pops up showing the function of the button.
The format bar. The format bar contains buttons that you can use to format the text in your document. For example, you can choose the font, color, and alignment of your text.
The ruler. Use the ruler to check the layout and placement of text in your document.
The document area. This is where you type your document, make changes to the text, and apply your formatting.
Unlike using a typewriter, when you type in WordPad you don't have to press ENTER to start a new line. WordPad will take care of that for you by automatically starting a new line when you reach the end of the one you're working on. When you want to start a new paragraph, press ENTER.
Whenever you want to do something to text in your document, such as copy it or format it, you need to select it first. To select text, position the mouse pointer to the left of where you want to begin your selection. With the pointer positioned, click and hold the left mouse button while you drag the pointer over the text that you want to select. The selected text will be highlighted. Once you've completed your selection, release the mouse button.
If you have text in one part of your document that you want to appear in another part, there are two ways to move the text around without having to retype it: You can copy and paste it to another location, or you can move it to another location.
When you copy text, it is placed in the Clipboard. You can then paste it in a different location. The original text is preserved.
When you move text to another location, the original text is not preserved. You might find this method useful when you want to rearrange the sentences and paragraphs in your document.
Select the text that you want to copy.
On the Edit menu, click Copy.
Move the cursor to the location where you want to insert the copied text.
On the Edit menu, click Paste.
To quickly copy text that you've selected, press CTRL+C. To paste it, press CTRL+V.
Select the text that you want to move.
Point to the text that you've selected, and then click and hold the left mouse button.
Drag the selected text to the place in your document that you want it to appear.
WordPad makes it easy to insert and delete text wherever you want. To insert text, click where you want to insert the text and then just start typing. To delete text, select the text that you want to delete, and then press DELETE.
If you make a mistake while you're editing the text in your document, you can always undo it. Press CTRL+Z to undo your last action.
Formatting refers to the how the text in your document looks as well as how it is arranged. WordPad lets you easily change the formatting in your document. For example, you can choose from many different fonts and font sizes, and you can make your text almost any color you want. You can also easily change how your document is aligned.
Select the text whose formatting you want to change.
On the Format menu, click Font.
In the Font box, type or select the font you want to use.
In the Font Style box, type or select the font style you want.
In the Size box, type or select the size you want to use.
You can also use the commands on the format bar to change the font, font size, and font style.
Select the text whose color you want to change.
Under Color, click the color that you want.
Here's a picture of a document with some different fonts and colors applied:
You can align the text in your document (or a paragraph in your document) to either the left margin, the center, or the right margin.
Select the paragraph whose alignment you want to change.
On the Format menu, click Paragraph.
In the Alignment box, click the alignment you want.
This picture shows how paragraphs look with different alignment:
It's a good idea to save your document periodically while you are working on it so that in case your computer stops working for some reason, you won't lose any of your work. Saving the document will also allow you to come back to it later if you want to work on it again.
On the File menu, click Save.
If you haven't saved the document yet, you'll be asked to provide a name for the document and location on your computer to save it to:
In the Save in box, click the location where you want to save the document.
In the File name box, type a name for your document.
On the File menu, click Print. In the Print dialog box, use the Page Range box and the Number of copies box to specify which pages you want to print as well as how many copies. When you're done, click Print.
For more information about printing, see Getting started with printing.