Table of Contents
- Tell Us What You Think!
- About the Authors
- Conventions Used in This Book
- Lesson 1. Navigating Windows 2000 Professional
- Lesson 2. Working with a Window
- Lesson 3. Using Menus
- Lesson 4. Using Windows 2000 Professional Help
- Lesson 5. Using Dialog Boxes
- Lesson 6. Working with Multiple Windows and Applications
- Lesson 7. Copying, Moving, and Linking Between Windows and Applications
- Lesson 8. Using My Computer
- Lesson 9. Managing Files with My Computer
- Lesson 10. Using WordPad
- Lesson 11. Understanding File Properties and the Recycle Bin
- Lesson 12. Printing
- Lesson 13. Using My Network Places
- Lesson 14. Using the Control Panel
- Lesson 15. Using Outlook Express Mail
- Lesson 16. Sharing Workstations and Setting Passwords
- Lesson 17. Using Internet Explorer 5
- Lesson 18. Web Site and Document Searching
- Lesson 19. Troubleshooting, Restarting, and Disaster Planning
- Lesson 20. Customizing the Windows 2000 Environment
What Is WordPad?
WordPad is Window's word processing program. With WordPad, you can create documents such as letters, memos, reports, lists, and so on. Although WordPad is a word processor, it is a very basic word processing application. For example, you cannot check your spelling or grammar in WordPad, and there are only a limited number of toolbars and icons to help speed up your work. However, you can create, edit, and format many simple documents with WordPad. Basically, it's fine to use if you don't have another word processor such as Microsoft Word, Lotus Word Pro, or Corel WordPerfect.
To access WordPad:
- From the Desktop, choose the Start button, select Programs, and then Accessories.
- Click the WordPad option at the bottom of the Accessories menu. The program appears with a new, untitled document in the window for you to use, as shown in Figure 10.1. A blinking vertical bar, called the insertion point, appears in the upper-left corner of the document area.
Figure 10.1 Use the WordPad program to create documents.
The WordPad screen contains the following elements:
- The application name (WordPad) and the document name (the generic name is "Document" until you assign a name by saving the document) in the title bar.
- The menu bar containing WordPad menus.
- Two toolbars containing shortcuts for saving and formatting your documents.
- A ruler that enables you to set tabs and measure margins.
- The text insertion point, which marks the location of the text you enter.
- A status bar that offers helpful tips and information about the program.