If you’re like I used to be, you’re wondering “What is Notepad?” – you wish you could have Microsoft Notepad explained to you. People keep mentioning it but you’re not sure if you really need it or not, or even where to find it.
So, let me explain what Notepad is:
1. Notepad is a Text Editor that comes with Windows.
2. A Text Editor is a type of program that can be used to create, view and edit “text files”.
3. A “text file” contains data with no formatting (no changes to font, size, bold etc).
To find Microsoft Notepad – click on Start, then All Programmes, Accessories and finally Notepad.
Here are a few of the things you can use Notepad for:
1. Because it doesn’t allow special formatting you can use it to REMOVE all formatting from a copied web page and leave only the words.
2. You can use it to keep a personal timestamped log of records. By simply adding .LOG as the first line in the document and saving it, notepad will automatically insert a time and date stamp on a new line at the end of the document.
3. It also helps to eliminate any surprises when copying and pasting from one place to another – eg from Word to Blogspot.
Notepad can be used to create simple websites but it is missing many of the features you would look for in a Web Editor. However, although it is not sophisticated it is a handy application – even if you just use it to make quick notes when you are online.
So, now you don’t have to ask “What is Notepad?” – you have learnt something new today!