Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Microsoft WordPad is a free rich text editor included with Microsoft Windows. Although capable of doing more than Notepad, WordPad is not as advanced as Microsoft Word. However, does give you additional features such as the capability of inserting pictures and text formatting. The picture below shows an example of Microsoft WordPad.

Microsoft WordPad

Microsoft WordPad is capable of editing and saving plain-text file (.txt), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and Word for Windows 6.0 (.doc or .docx), and OpenDocument Text (.odt) format files.

Note: Not all versions of WordPad support all above formats. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, and Windows XP does not support .doc. Windows 7 introduced the support of .odt files, so early versions of Windows do not support this format.

How to open Microsoft WordPad

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.

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