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There are four separate video sessions to this lesson.

The video below describes how to work with Notepad:

 

Note: I strongly suggest you view all our videos in full screen mode: click the icon in the lower right corner of the video area (it shows four arrows pointing to the corners of the screen). When you are done, the Esc ("escape") key returns you to regular mode.

 


Lesson 4: Notepad
part 1: Introduction, Save, Save As

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Hands on exercise

For those who want to practice using what we cover in this video, create directories and files as follows:

First, create directories BeARockStar and BARS-website (right click on your root directory (the C: drive), select New, then Folder; then type in the name; do this twice, of course.

Next, create files in BeARockStar: (follow the examples in the video)

+ Plan.txt
+ Contacts.txt
+ SongTitles.txt

Note: these don't have to be like the ones in the lecture; play a little with the content; have fun; don't overthink

Now, download the ModelVenue file into BARS-website (click here, then select Save File and then navigate to BARS-website, and click Save)

Then, create "index.html" in BARS-Website (follow the example in the video), then test by double-clicking on index.html in the directory.

Finally, create a web page for a venue in BARS-Website (use the ModelVenue.txt, saving the result as an .html file), then test by double-clicking on the file name in the directory.

 

The video below demonstrates the 'Format' and 'View' menu options as well as an introduction to fonts:
  • Format -> Word Wrap
  • View -> Status bar
  • Format -> Font
  • Introduction to fonts

 


Lesson 4: Notepad
part 2: Format and View

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Hands on exercise

For those who want to practice using what we cover in this video, find the fonts you prefer:

Create a file, fontTest.txt in the BeARockStar directory enter a few lines of text then test by highlighting the text and seeing how you like various fonts (font face, style, and size) to see what fonts you prefer.

 

Supplemental material

    Here is a link to an interesting article on fonts.

 

The video below demonstrates editing using Notepad, including keyboard shortcuts:
  • Editing
  • How to select text
  • Deleting
  • Copy and paste
  • Cut and paste
  • Find and change
  • Inserting a timestamp
  • Save and Save As (again)
  • Page setup
  • Print
  • Microsoft Print to PDF

 


Lesson 4: Notepad
part 3: Editing With Notepad

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Hands on exercise

For those who want to practice using what we cover in this video, practice some editing techniques:

We're going to work with an itinerary of a trip from Denver to Japan. I've put the order we go from city to city in a file, Itinerary.txt.

download the Itinerary file into BeARockStar
(click here)

Use edit menu options or shortcut keys to change the itinerary (we've had a change in plans):

* Instead of Los Angeles, we'll be flying through Seattle
* Drop the side trip to Nara
* Add an excursion from Tokyo to Nikko and back before going to Kyoto

Set up your print page layout so each page has a header with the filename on the left and the page number on the right.

Test by printing your file (to a file or a real printer).

 

The video below emphasizes the importance of new lines when writing code

 


Lesson 4: Notepad
Accent piece: Writing Poetry and Code

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