Microsoft WordPad is a free rich text editor included with Microsoft Windows 95,
Vista, 7, and future releases of Microsoft Windows. Although capable of doing much more than Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad is not as advanced as Microsoft Word.
In the picture to the right, is an example of what WordPad looks like in Windows 2000.
Microsoft Word is able to create, edit, and save their documents as a plain-text
file (.txt), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and Word for Windows 6.0 (.doc)
format (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME users only — XP does not
support .doc). In Windows 7, users can now save their document in an
OpenDocument (odf) format.
Users who are using a version of
Microsoft Windows that supports WordPad can run Microsoft WordPad
(wordpad.exe) by following the below steps.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type “wordpad” or “write” press Enter.


  1. Click Start
  2. Click Programs and then Accessories
  3. Click the “Wordpad” icon.

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