Lesson 5: Working with Wordpad

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The video below describes how to work with WordPad:


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Lesson 5: Using WordPad

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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 have provided a starter WordPad file for you to work with, along with a picture (but feel free to use a different picture if you like)

download the picture file into BeARockStar
(click here)

download the WordPad file into BeARockStar
(click here)

Double click WordPadDemo.rtf and follow the instructions in the document.


In some versions of Windows 10 you can't always set the default applications to the built-in apps of Notepad, WordPad, or Paint using Control Panel and settings.

In this case, you will have to use another strategy:

when you go to open a .rtf file, instead of double-clicking, right click and choose "Open with"

this will give you a dialog for you to "Choose another app", and this dialog will include a list of apps to choose from, including WordPad

select WordPad and there will also be a check box labeled:

    Always use this app to open .rtf files;

once you check that box, then that will tie WordPad and filenames with an .rtf extension for all future needs.

From then on, double-clicking files with a .rtf extension will launch WordPad.



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