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Notepad

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

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Here's a quick way to create a Notepad file. Just right-click the desktop or a folder, choose New, Text document. Then type in the name for your document and press Enter. Now press Enter or double-click the icon, and the new Notepad file opens. This 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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