The very basic text editor used in Windows operating systems is called the Notepad. Notepad is supported and available in every version of windows operating systems released so far. Notepad acts like a computerized scratch paper, where you can scribble down quick notes that need no formatting, for instance, website addresses, some lists to remember, to do notes etc. Also, when you want to remove all the formatting and embellishments added to a document, like in a Microsoft Word document, you can simply copy the whole document and paste it in notepad, and thus the texts are displayed with no formatting at all.
Windows XP help instructions to use notepad in Windows XP
- Log into your computer.
- Open the Notepad program. You can access it from “Start” menu, and then go to “All Programs”, access “Accessories” and then click on “Notepad” from the list. After opening the Notepad, into the file, type any text that you want. While typing on the notepad, when it reaches the end of the window, depending on how Notepad is formatted, your text may “wrap” to the next line or it may simply run on. On the toolbar, go to the “Format” menu if you want it to wrap and select “Word Wrap.”
- You can make some basic changes to the font in the notepad, if you wish to. With your mouse, select the font to be changed. On the toolbar, go to the “Format” menu and click on “Font.”You can then select a font, style and a size, and then click “OK”.
- Enter the time and date for your text entry. Move your mouse and place the cursor where you want the time and date to appear. In the toolbar, go to the “Edit” menu and select “Time/Date.” From the top of your computer’s keyboard, you can also click “F5” key shown above the number row.
- Before printing from Notepad, set up the page. For this, go to the “File” menu, select Page Setup. Here, change the orientation, margins, paper size, header and footer. To print this text, select “Print” from the file menu.
So, that’s how the Windows XP help team instructs you to use the notepad in Windows XP computer. Bye!