What is WordPad?

Dear Computer Lady,

What is WordPad and why would I use it as opposed to a word processing program?

Thank you, Ann


Dear Ann,

WordPad is a very basic word processing program that is included with every version of Windows. It allows you to compose basic text documents and rich text documents, it also allows you to view any text or rich text documents that might be sent to you by email.

If you are just using the computer to type basic documents like letters or school papers, WordPad will work very well for you and you won’t have to purchase a more expensive word processing program.

If you want to create more complex documents, run a spell check, add pictures, create a table of contents, insert a table, insert hyperlinks or headers and footers, then you will need a full featured word processing program.


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