Working with WordPad in Windows 10

WordPad is a free word processor included with Windows 10. It is modest in terms of possibilities, but it is fine for typing a letter. Moreover: files are saved in .doc format and are therefore fully interchangeable with the 'real' Microsoft Office.

Not everyone needs a complete Office package on their computer. In terms of office work, it is often - especially when used at home - limited to now and then a letter to one or another agency. An extensive word processor with a thousand and one possibilities is a huge overkill for that. In fact, you can no longer see the forest for the trees. Fortunately, it can also be a lot simpler with WordPad. This handy little word processor has already survived a number of Windows versions. It is a bit hidden though. You can find it in the menu Start below accessories. Once started, you will see a window with a simple user interface. Start typing your text and you're done. The various buttons in the ribbon actually speak for themselves. In the group Font style you will find everything needed for text formatting, think of italics or bold and so on. You can also choose from all fonts installed on your PC and adjust their size. in the block Paragraph for example, quickly create a dotted list or change the indentation. Or adjust text centering and justification to your liking. Remains over the block Insert. This allows you to quickly insert images, or quickly create a drawing with Paint and then place it in the document. This works as follows: Click on the button Paint drawing and make something beautiful. Then close Paint and click in your underlying WordPad document where you want to insert the drawing. Finished.


Also check the button Date and time with which you can quickly insert the current date and (or) time into your document. You can choose from various combinations and spellings. In short: a very nice word processor with which sleek-looking letters can be produced. If you want more, such as using tables and other beautiful things, you need to switch to a 'real' word processor. But as promised, that will not always be the case for many people. The only real downside that we can discover about Wordpad is that - even in Windows 10 - spell check is still missing. That's a bit sad, especially when you consider that even every self-respecting browser has that on board. So if you're not sure of the game, WordPad may not be your thing. Anyway, that's left to save your creation. Click on the ribbon to do so File and then Save; or click the small floppy disk button in the top left of the window. Tap a file name, and browse to the desired save location. Finally, you have to choose the file format. Choose your back Save as in front of Office Open XML Document, then you create a file that is compatible with MS Office or Office 365. You can also save your document in the OpenDocument text file format. This is compatible with almost all open source word processors and software that support this standard. The old RTF, txt MS-DOS text and Unicode text are also available for enthusiasts.

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