Microsoft WordPad is a rich text editor, which was first included by Microsoft in Microsoft Windows 95 and is available in all subsequent versions.
Although WordPad is capable of doing a lot more than Microsoft’s Notepad, it is not as advanced as Microsoft Word. Still, it gives you tons of extra features, such as the ability to add images and format text.
Similar to other word processing applications, WordPad includes a program and a word processing engine. This program has Title Bar, Menu Bar, Toolbar, Status Bar, Format Bar, Document Ruler and Selection Bar.
The .RTF extension is used by both WordPad and Microsoft Word. With each release, Microsoft has added support for more file formats such as .txt, .doc and .odt to WordPad.
WordPad is preferred over Notepad for creating documents when it comes to formatting. It can handle both formatted and simple text. Its features are simple as compared to Microsoft Word and can be considered as an excellent editor and mini viewer for Word documents.
It is capable of font, character level formatting, margins and modifications. In this you can insert sound files, charts and graphics in the document. Hypertext links can also be added and zoom in and zoom out feature is also available.
However, WordPad is not considered a full-featured word processor. It does not have intermediate features like spell check or grammar check unlike Microsoft Word. WordPad is not recommended for documents that contain many structured elements. It is also not recommended for editing configuration files or HTML. It is slower to load than Notepad but faster than other word processors in Office suites.
Extension of WordPad
Wordpad uses the .rtf or Rich Text Format file extension to save files by default. But it can also save documents in docx (Office Open XML), ODT (Open Document), .txt (Text) format.
Open Microsoft WordPad
The way to open WordPad is different in each Windows version.
Windows 10 in –
Click on Start Menu.
Type WordPad and press Enter.
Windows 8 in-
On the Start screen, type WordPad.
In the search result, click on the WordPad program.
Windows 7 and earlier-
Click on Start Menu.
Click on Run option.
Type WordPad and then press Enter.
What are WordPad Keyboard Shortcuts
Ctrl + B ⇒ Format the selection with Bold.
Ctrl + I ⇒ Format the selection with Italics.
Ctrl + U ⇒ Underscore (underlines) the selection.
Ctrl + Shift + D ⇒ Double-underscore (underline) the selected text.
Ctrl + Shift + W ⇒ Underscore (underline) only words (not spaces) of the selected text.
Ctrl + = ⇒ Change the selected text to Subscript.
Ctrl + Shift + = ⇒ Change the selected text to Superscript.
Ctrl + D or Ctrl + Shift + F ⇒ select the text first, then press Ctrl + D to open the Font window
Ctrl + Shift + A ⇒ Change the selected text to all CAPS. If text is already capitalized, will change to no CAPS.
Ctrl + Shift + K ⇒ Change the selected text to small CAPS. If shortcut pressed again, will change to no CAPS.
Working With Text
Ctrl + C ⇒ Copy the selection to the Clipboard.
Ctrl + V ⇒ Paste the selection from the Clipboard.
Ctrl + X ⇒ Cut the selection.
Ctrl + Z or Alt + Backspace ⇒ Undo the last action. Can be pressed multiple times to undo multiple actions.
Ctrl + Y ⇒ Redo the last action.
Ctrl + A ⇒ Select all text in the document.
Ctrl + E ⇒ Center the text in the paragraph that the cursor is in, or center the selected text.
Ctrl + L ⇒ Left align the text in the paragraph that the cursor is in, or left align the text in the selected text.
Ctrl + R ⇒ Right align the text in the paragraph that the cursor is in, or right align the text in the selected text.
Ctrl + J ⇒ Justify the text in the paragraph that the cursor is in, or justifies the text in the selected text.
Ctrl + M ⇒ Indent the text. If no tabs are set, default indent is .5 inches. Press Ctrl + M repeatedly to indent repeately.
Ctrl + Shift + M ⇒ De-indent the text. Press Ctrl + Shift + M repeatedly to de-indent
Ctrl + K ⇒ Insert a hyperlink – a link to a webpage.
Alt + Shift + D ⇒ Enter the current date from your computer.
Alt + Shift + T ⇒ Enter the current time from your computer.
Working With a Document
Ctrl + Home ⇒ Move to the beginning of the document.
Ctrl + End ⇒ Move to the end of the document.
Ctrl + F ⇒ Display the Find window.
Ctrl + H ⇒ Open the Replace window.
Ctrl + Enter ⇒ Insert a Page Break where the cursor is.
Ctrl + S ⇒ Save the document. Get into the habit of pressing this key sequence often so you won’t accidentally lose your work.
Ctrl + P ⇒ Open the Print window.
Ctrl + W or Alt + F4 ⇒ Close the document. Only Alt + F4 works in Microsoft WordPad.
Ctrl + O ⇒ Open an existing document.
Ctrl + N ⇒ Open a new document
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