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WordPad Supports OpenDocument and Office 2007 Formats

For many Windows versions now, there have been two text editing applications included: Notepad and WordPad. Notepad saves in .txt format, clear-text with no formatting. WordPad lets you format using bold, indents, and alignment. WordPad in Windows XP lets you view, edit, and save existing Word documents (.doc); however, in Windows 7, the new .docx format is supported.

The addition of this format to WordPad is great for those who will still be using older versions of Microsoft Office; they don’t have to download a converter. However, remember you can't create new Word documents in WordPad; you can only edit and save existing ones. Nevertheless, this is still great for those who haven't purchased or installed Microsoft Office.

WordPad in Windows 7 also supports the OpenDocument (.odt) format, used when opening, saving, and creating new documents. The OpenDocument format is used by open-source word processors such as OpenOffice.org Writer. Having OpenDocument support is great. For example, if someone sends you a document in this format, you can open it, as even Microsoft Word doesn't support it. Additionally, you can create new OpenDocuments and send them to those who have OpenOffice.org or are using Windows 7.

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