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Notepad

Notepad has been around since Windows 3.0. It's a simple, no-frills editor that does no fancy formatting (though it does enable you to change the display font) and is popular for composing "clean" ASCII files. I use Notepad for jotting down quick notes or for editing program code, batch files, and the like. You could say Notepad is a text editor, whereas WordPad (see the section later in this chapter) is a word processor. Unlike WordPad, Notepad cannot view or edit Word (.DOC) or Rich Text Format (.RTF) files. It's also much leaner, requiring much less memory, and it starts up faster. It's a perfect tool to call up whenever you need to view a simple README.TXT file or fine-tune some HTML code.

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You can right-click on the desktop or in a folder; choose New, Text document; and create a Notepad file on the spot. Using it this way is a good technique for taking down a quick memo, making notes about a phone call, or keeping a to-do list on your desktop.



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