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Chapter 15. Using Notepad and WordPad > Creating Documents in WordPad

Creating Documents in WordPad

WordPad, the word processor that comes with Windows 98, can perform most basic word processing tasks. Although WordPad is not nearly as powerful and versatile as a full-featured word processing application (such as Word 2000), it is much more powerful than Notepad, the text editor that comes with Windows 98. Notepad is great for editing simple text files, such as AUTOEXEC.BAT, CONFIG.SYS, or any of the INI files (an INI file contains system or application configuration information) but is limited to working with files smaller than 50K and cannot format text. With WordPad you can perform all the basic editing tasks, such as cutting and pasting text and finding and replacing words and phrases. You can also format characters, paragraphs, and documents. In addition, WordPad is OLE (pages 296-298) compliant, which means you can share data, including graphics, with other OLE-compliant applications. However, WordPad does not have many of the features found in advanced word processors, such as a spell checker, tables, headers and footers, and mail merge.

Creating a New Document in WordPad

WordPad resides in the Accessories submenu of the Start menu. To start WordPad, open the Start menu and choose Programs, Accessories, WordPad. The WordPad window appears, as shown in Figure 15.2. When you open WordPad, you are presented with a blank document. You might see different screen elements than those shown in Figure 15.2, depending on which elements you have been added or removed by using the View menu.


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