How To Work With WordPad In Windows

Since its earliest versions, Windows is bundled with a very useful text editing tool called WordPad. You can consider it a light version of Microsoft Word and a more advanced app than other simple text editors like Notepad. As new versions of Windows were released WordPad became more user friendly and received more features. This tool enables you to create, edit, view, and print text documents, you can use it to type memos, create quick reports and other simple documents. In this article we will show you where to find WordPad, how to use its interface, how to create & save a new document and how to print it.

WordPad Comparison: New Versions Vs. Older Versions

WordPad is included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 95. The application has always been a handy tool for quick and easy editing of documents.

In older WordPad versions you had an interface based on lots of small menus and buttons. The application had two toolbars: the Standard toolbar and the Formatting toolbar, each with its set of buttons for common commands.

The new versions of WordPad are a bit more friendly due to the ribbon bar, which was first introduced in Microsoft Office 2007. WordPad first received its ribbon menu with the release of Windows 7.

Nowadays, this is how WordPad looks in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

As you can see, it is identical to the version found in Windows 7, except for a few minor visual differences.

In older versions of WordPad uncommon commands were hidden away in menus. If you wanted to insert the Date and Time in a document, there was no toolbar button available. You had to search for it in the Insert menu. In the new versions of WordPad this command is just a click or tap away, on the ribbon.

Another important addition to the new versions is the Quick Access Toolbar. It is located at the top of the WordPad window and contains a few important buttons: Save, Undo and Redo.

You can customize the Quick Access Toolbar by adding buttons like New, Open, Print or removing any of the existing ones. Just press the arrow placed at the right of toolbar and a drop-down menu will open. The buttons which are already found on the toolbar appear as checked.

Another way to add buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar is to right-click or press and hold any option in the ribbon and click or tap on Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

An important feature of the new versions is the ability to view and edit documents written in Open Office (.odt) and Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010 (.docx) formats. However, WordPad is no longer able to open the .doc format used by older versions of Microsoft Office. If you want to open this format, you will have to use Word Viewer.

Despite this restriction, the new versions of WordPad are quite good.