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How To Use Notepad

Notepad is a handy program that you can use to type text documents quickly. It also allows you to save your files as .txt, which is a basic version that will not have the formatting a normal word processing document would include.

Windows PCs should already have Notepad installed.


  • Opening Notepad

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    Click on Start button to display program menu.

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    Find and select All Programs > Accessories >Notepad. **On Windows 8, go to the Start Menu page and search for Notepad.

  • 3

    Your blank document should open and be ready for your input!

  • Opening An Existing Notepad Document

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    Open the Notepad program.

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    Click File > Open.

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    Select the .txt file you wish to open.

  • Saving A Notepad Document

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    Click on File > Save.

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    If you have not saved your file before, you will be prompted to name your file.

  • Printing A Notepad Document

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    Click on File > Print.

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    A prompt will appear to confirm your printer settings. If you are satisfied with your current settings, click Print.


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