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Introduction to WordPad

Updated on July 3, 2019
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Patrick, a computer technician, is a dedicated writer who wishes to make the world better by informing individuals who seek more knowledge.

Introduction to WordPad

If you are a greenhorn in the computer field, then, when you want to learn about Word Processor, the best program to use is the Microsoft WordPad. A word processor is a program used to process, format, and store documents like letters, memos, reports, curriculum vitae and many more. It is also capable of producing a print out of the end results.

Though it is rarely used as people use the latest and improved Microsoft office, this should be your best bet if you want to learn about Microsoft Word fast. Another good thing about WordPad is that it comes embedded with the operating system. So you don’t have to spend even a single cent if you already don’t have Microsoft Word installed on your computer.

WordPad Features

WordPad Windows With its Features
WordPad Windows With its Features | Source

Opening WordPad

To open WordPad, click on start, all programs, point to accessories and then select WordPad. WordPad window opens automatically.

WordPad Window
It is important to know about the following parts of the WordPad Window before you start using it.

File Menu of WordPad

File Menu of WordPad
File Menu of WordPad | Source

WordPad Title Bar

Looking at the WordPad window, the bar at the very top is called the title bar. Once you save your document, the file name appears there and it replaces the word 'document'. You can also use the title bar to identify the program you have opened; this is because the name of the program usually appears there.

On the right-hand side of the title bar, we have three important control buttons, minimize, maximize (restore) and close buttons. You can refer to the introduction to windows for further reading about the control buttons.

Menu Bar, Toolbar, and Format Bar of Wordpad

Below the title bar, we have the menu bar. It consists of the following menus; file, edit, view, insert, format and help. These menus are important when you are formatting your document.


The toolbar contains some important tools used as shortcut tools. These are like the shortcut to new, open, save, print, print preview, find, cut, copy, paste, undo, and the shortcut to date and time.

Format bar

The format bar is used as a shortcut for formatting; this is instead of using the menu format. It has the following: font, font size, font script, bold, italic, underline, colour, align left, center, align right and shortcut for bullets.

Ruler, Document Area, and Status Bar of WordPad

Most of the programs used in computers have a ruler. It is used to control the spacing of your work among other uses.

Document area

This is where you will now type your document, the white plain area.

Status bar

At the very bottom, we have the status bar. It is a notification area which shows information of the document being edited and some status of your computer.

Entering Text in WordPad

Entering Data in WordPad
Entering Data in WordPad | Source

Entering Data in WordPad

Having gone through the bars present in WordPad and the important features of WordPad, you should be able to type some text. Just find some text from a newspaper or any other source and start typing. For you to be able to type, make sure there is a (blinking) cursor visible. If it is not visible, use your mouse to click on the document area where you want to start typing.

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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


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