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I bet quite a few of you must not have heard of the WordPad. Or even if you have heard about it, you have not used it, or you may have simply forgotten about its existence. Why? Well, if we need a basic text editor, we use the Notepad. If we need an advanced text editor, we use Microsoft Word. But somewhere in the middle, with more features than the humble Notepad, but lesser features than the mighty Word software, stands Wordpad – which is free!
WordPad is a word processor software with basic formatting options, and it is included in all versions of the OS since Windows 95 onwards. It has always been there, but never really used much. In this post, today, we will take a look at it, see how to use Wordpad in Windows 10 and reset Wordpad settings, if things go wrong.
WordPad in Windows 10
To use the Wordpad in Windows 10, type ‘wordpad‘, in the taskbar search and click on the result. This will open WordPad.
To open Wordpad, you can also use the Run command write.exe. Press WinKey+R, type write.exe or wordpad.exe and hit Enter.
The file name of Wordpad is wordpad.exe, and it is located in the following location:
C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories
Its shortcut can be found in the following location:
Wordpad lets you create, edit, save, open, view, and print text documents. You can use bold, underline & italics formatting, change font type color & size, create bulleted lists, center or left/right justify paragraphs, insert images, and more. Just play around with the easy-to-use Ribbon menu, till you get a feel of all that it has to offer.
WordPad, along with other built-in tools like Character Map, Windows Fax and Scan are now being ported to the Windows Store as Universal apps. You can now download the Wordpad app from the Windows Store.
What is the file extension for Wordpad
Wordpad uses the .rtf or Rich Text Format file extension, to save files by default. But it can save documents in .docx (Office Open XML), ODT (Open Document), .txt (Text) formats too.
Reset WordPad settings to default
We have seen how to reset Notepad settings – now let us see how to reset WordPad settings to default in Windows 10. But before you begin, you may want to create a system restore point or backup your Registry.
To reset Wordpad settings to its default, close Wordpad, and Run regedit to open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
In the left pane, you will see Options. Delete this Options key.
Now when you open Wordpad, you will see it with its default settings.
Let us know if you use the Wordpad or not – and your reasons in any case why you prefer to use it or why you do not feel the need to.
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Not to be confused with Microsoft Notepad.
WordPad is a basic word processor that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onwards. It is more advanced than Microsoft Notepad but simpler than Microsoft Works Word Processor and Microsoft Word. It replaced Microsoft Write.
WordPad can format and print text, including fonts, bold, italic, colored, and centered text, etc., but lacks such features as a spell checker, thesaurus, and control over pagination. It does not support footnotes or endnotes. However WordPad can read, render, and save many Rich Text Format (RTF) features that. It cannot create such as tables, strikeout, superscript, subscript, "extra" colors, text background colors, numbered lists, right or left indent, quasi-hypertext and URL linking, or various line spacing. Among its advantages are low system-resource usage, simplicity, and speed. Pasting into or from an HTML document such as from the internet or email will typically automatically convert most or all of it to RTF (although this is partially browser-dependent). As such, WordPad is well suited for taking notes, writing letters and stories, or for usage in various tablets, PCs, and smart phones. However, WordPad is underpowered for work that relies heavily on graphics or typesetting such as most publishing-industry requirements for rendering final hard copy.
WordPad natively supports RTF, though it does not support all the features defined in the RTF/Word 2007 specification. Previous versions of WordPad also supported the "Word for Windows 6.0" format, which is forward compatible with the Microsoft Word format.
In Windows 95, 98 and Windows 2000, it used Microsoft's RichEdit control, versions 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 respectively. In Windows XP SP1 and later, it uses RichEdit 4.1, including Windows 7.
WordPad for Windows XP added full Unicode support, enabling WordPad to support multiple languages, but UTF-16/UCS-2 Big Endian is not supported. It can open Microsoft Word (versions 6.0-2003) files, although it opens newer versions of the .DOC format with incorrect formatting. Also, unlike previous WordPad versions, it cannot save files in the .doc format (only .txt or .rtf). Files saved as Unicode text are encoded as UTF-16 LE. Windows XP Service Pack 2 onwards reduced support for opening files for security purposes.
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2 and Windows Vista include speech recognition, and therefore dictation into WordPad is possible. In these and later Windows versions, the RichEdit control was added and as a result, WordPad now supports extensible third-party services (such as grammar and spell check) built using the Text Services Framework (TSF).
In Windows Vista, support for reading Microsoft Word DOC files was removed because of the incorrect rendering and formatting problems, as well as a Microsoft security bulletin that reported a security vulnerability in opening Word files in WordPad. For viewing older (97-2003) as well as newer (Office Open XML) documents, Microsoft recommends Word Viewer, which is available free. Native Office Open XML and ODF support was released in the Windows 7 version of WordPad.
Microsoft has updated the user interface for WordPad in Windows 7, giving it an Office 2010-style ribbon that replaces the application menu and toolbars. Other bundled Windows applications such as Paint have had similar interface makeovers.
WordPad was ported to the Windows Store in June 2016 and is available in Windows 10 build 14372 or later. As such, it can now be updated without updates to the core Windows operating system. It is currently assigned build number 0.0.1.0 and it looks identical to the original version, but it has a slightly different tile on the Start menu and may receive further updates in the future.
WordPad was introduced in Windows 95, replacing Microsoft Write, which came with all previous versions of Windows (version 3.11 and earlier). The source code to WordPad was also distributed by Microsoft as a Microsoft Foundation Classes sample application with MFC 3.2 and later, shortly before the release of Windows 95. It is still available for download from the MSDN website.
The default font used in Windows 95 to Windows Vista was Arial 10; in Windows 7 it was changed to Calibri 11.
A similar word processor, also called WordPad, is supplied by some vendors on a Windows CE pre-installation. It has simple functionality like its desktop OS cousin. The icon resembles an early Microsoft Word icon.