Working With Wordpad; What You Need to Know
Working With WordPad; What You Need To Know
Start With the Menu Bar
Before continuing, make sure you have read the previous part, Working with WordPad to get more insights.
When working with most of the computer programs, you need to be very conversant with the menu bar. Once you are conversant with it, you can be able to achieve a lot. WordPad menu bar consists of the following menus:-
The WordPad Window
Uses of the File Menu
The menu is used for functions like creating a new document, opening an already saved document, saving a document, printing, and page set up.
For example to save a document for the first time, click on file save as. A dialogue box appears where you will select save in. This is the location you want to save your document.
This could be on my documents, desktop or my computer where you select perhaps a removable storage device. After selecting the location, remember to indicate the name of your file down where it is written file name.
Note: When you create a new document, the first thing you should do is to save it. Then as you keep typing or making new changes, you should keep on saving the changes you are making.
This can be done by clicking on file save, clicking the save icon on the toolbar, or pressing Ctrl and S key simultaneously on your keyboard – a very important and easy to use the shortcut. What new computer users don’t understand is, failure to save your file, if the power goes off, it will be lost.
File Menu of WordPad
The Edit Menu has a Number of Important Tools Like the:-
- Undo – this is for undoing (reverting) an action, very good especially when you mess up. For example, if you delete a line or paragraph accidentally, you don’t have to type it again, just go to edit and click undo.
- Cut – this is used for cutting or removing a character, word, paragraph, etc and placing it on the clipboard, it can be pasted somewhere else or if you don’t paste it, it will be lost.
- Copy – this copies the selection and puts it on the clipboard from where then you click on where you want to paste and then click on edit and then select paste.
- Paste – this is for inserting (pasting) the clipboard contents to where you want them.
- Paste special – this will allow you to paste the clipboard contents with special options.
- Clear – this allows you to clear or erase a selection.
- Select all – this is for selecting all your text, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + A.
- Find – for finding specific text or word.
- Replace – this will help you to replace a specific text or word with the desired one.
Recommended Further Reading
- Creating And Working With Folders Using Windows XP
Folders are very important in a computer because they help users to organize their files and other documents. Folders can be created in many areas of a computer. This article is a good guide on how to create and work with folders.
- Introduction to WordPad
This tutorial is an introduction to WordPad. It is very helpful to beginners who want to learn about word processors. Before indulging in Microsoft word, it would be good for the newbies to go through WordPad first.
Used for Viewing or Hiding Bars
This is used for viewing (displaying or hiding the following)
- Format bar
- Status bar
You will use this to insert:-
- Date and time
- Object – you can insert different types of objects using this option.
This is used for formatting:-
- Bullet style
- And for setting tabs
This is your only teacher you can be able to access quickly. If you click on help topics, you will get a dialogue whereby you can click on contents (displays all contents), index tab (index listing) or you can use the search option.
So, if you need more information than there is in this tutorial, just click on help or press F1 while WordPad is open and then type what you want to know about.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Patrick Kamau