WordPadMicrosoft WordPad is a free rich text editor included with Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 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. The picture shows an example of what WordPad looks like in Windows 2000.

Microsoft Word can 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 steps below.

  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.

Related pages

Also see: Editor, Notepad, Software terms, TextEdit, Word, Word processor