We all make mistakes, change our minds, or get a better idea later. You can expect to make changes in your documents on a regular basis. When you edit, you might add new text, remove text, or change or move existing text. For now we won't consider images.
Notepad is somewhat unfriendly about your mistakes. The Undo command will only work for that last action that you did. Clicking somewhere can count as and action!
Once your document is "perfect", you will want to save it. Here is where you can use what you learned about names to create a file name that tells you what the document is. Well, truthfully, you won't have a choice in the exercise below, but when you are working on your own, you can be creative.
Printing your document is not always quite as simple as just clicking a button. There are a lot of choices hiding in the background.
In a classroom or network situation, you may need to know some tricks about the local printer to have a happy printing session. Ask your instructor or network administrator.
Step-by-Step: Text- Edit & Print
|What you will learn:|| to open an existing
document with the Open dialog
to view file properties
to edit a document
to use Undo
to save changes to existing document
to print a document
to close an application with Task Manager
to open an existing document from Explorer
to rename a file
Start with: , Notepad closed.
Start with , , Notepad closed
From the menu bar select>
The Open dialog box appears, which looks a lot like the Save As dialog.
What program opens the file: The Properties dialog shows what program will open the file by default and allows you to change that! If you click the Change... button, you can change the default to a different program. From the Properties dialog you cannot pick a different program to use just this once.
The illustration shows that on this computer the program EditPad Pro will open this document when you double-click a TXT type file.
Using Open With...: To open this file with a different program this time but not always, you can go another route. When you right click on a file name, choose instead of Click on the program you want to use. Windows will list some programs that can open that type of file. The list may not be complete!
Problem: Typing is overwriting your text
Overtyping is turned on.
Solution: Press the INSERT key on the keyboard to toggle from overtyping to inserting.
Typing is wider than the window
Notepad may not wrap text to the window automatically. It can be important for some kinds of files to not wrap the text.
Solution: From the menu select > .
Notepad will wrap your sentences so you won't have to scroll horizontally to read everything. Notepad will remember this choice.
lines are selected
Dragging at a bit of an angle can select other lines.
Solution: Click off the selection to deselect and try again.
Notepad is a very simple text editor. In more advanced applications you can drag selected text to a new location. In Notepad you must cut and paste to move things around.
Notice the key combos listed in the menu. CTRL + X will cut.
The key combo
CTRL + V will paste.
(You may need special instructions from your teacher or network administrator about using a networked printer)
Many applications remember the page settings from the previous printing job. You must always check the page setup to see what the computer is going to do with your document!
Notepad doesn't have a Print Preview window where you could actually see what the page will look like. The Preview you see in the Page Setup dialog box is not of your actual document.
Print Preview: Most applications these days do have a print preview window. Use it!! The cause of some of the most
wasteful printing errors is failure to look at the preview before pressing the Print button!!
You may have several to choose from. If the printer you want is not on the list, click on Find Printer and then on the icon for your computer to see what printers are available.
Sometimes your programs will get stuck and fail to respond to your commands and keystrokes. How can you close the program in this case? The Task Manager is your friend when all else fails!
If necessary, click on the link Task Manager.
Your list of tasks may be different from the illustrations!
The Task Manager has several tabs. The Applications tab shows what applications are currently running. The Processes tab shows a lot of strangely named things that go on in the background. You will not usually want to deal with Processes.
Win8, Win8.1: The Processes tab has an expandable list of programs with the processes that they use. More useful actually than the way previous versions handled this, but just a bit confusing!
Unresponsive programs: Sometimes after a few seconds you will see a dialog that reports that the task you tried to close is not responding. You should chose to wait if you think the task might actually finish doing something like saving a large document. Or, if the program was already frozen (not responding) and that's why you opened Task Manager, you can chose to terminate the task anyway.
Sometimes the problem is not really with the frozen program but with some other program or background process that is in the way. You may need sharp detective skills may to figure out the true cause. A couple of common causes are backup programs looking for files to back up or performing a backup, antimalware programs doing scans, and cloud storage programs, like DropBox, Google Drive, and Sky Drive, uploading and downloading new or changed files. These run in the background but can eat up enough of the computer's resources to make it slow to respond to your commands. Pausing such programs can temporarily release those resources.
Key combo to reboot: Using CTRL + ALT+ DELETE twice quickly will reboot the computer. You will lose all unsaved data!
This combination of CTRL + ALT + DELETE is sometimes called the three finger salute. It is pronounced as "control alt delete". This key combo was used before Win95 to reboot the computer, especially when programs crashed (refused to work any more).
Sometimes ending the program is not enough to get your computer
working happily again. You may have to shut down the computer and
restart it to recover from a bad lock-up or crash. Happily, this does not happen
as often with current versions as it did with earlier versions of
Start with , , Notepad closed
This only works if the extension txt is associated with the program Notepad, as
it will be by default. Some other program will open if txt has been associated with it instead.
Did you see one in the Properties dialog earlier?
Warning box: You get a warning box that explains that changing an extension may be a bad idea. Apparently Windows does not recognize the extension tex as a text file extension, even though it looks quite reasonable.