|Version||10(as of 1/14/2022)|
- Is a middleground between Microsoft Word and Microsoft Notepad
- Uses a ribbon interface similar to Microsoft Word
- Allows users to format text and add images
- Supports the DOCX format
Microsoft WordPad is a free, Word-like text editor included with Microsoft Windows. While WordPad is nowhere near as robust as Microsoft Word, its formatting features are a step up from Microsoft Notepad. Most notably, for those looking for a free Microsoft Word alternative, WordPad can create, open, edit, and save .DOCX files (though the documents may appear slightly different than they do in Word).
WordPad's ribbon-based UI allows you to specify your text's:
- Style (bold, italic, underline, etc.)
You can also insert images and Microsoft Paint drawings into WordPad documents.
After you finish drafting a document, you can save it as an .RTF, .ODT, or DOCX file. (You can also save the document as a .TXT file, though this will remove its images and formatting.) You can also quickly print or send the document in an email.
If you need to create a simple, formatted text document that does not include a lot of images, or you're looking for a free, easy way to open and edit a Microsoft Word document, Microsoft WordPad has you covered. WordPad is not and does not pretend to be a complete replacement for Word. For instance, Word users are very likely to miss that program's spell check capabilities. However, in a pinch, WordPad is a handy tool for taking notes, drafting essays, and writing other basic documents.
Primary File TypeRich Text Format File
Supported File Types
|.RTF||Rich Text Format File|
|.CSS||Cascading Style Sheet|
|.CSV||Comma-Separated Values File|
|.DOC||Microsoft Word Document (Legacy)|
|.DOCX||Microsoft Word Document|
|.HTML||Hypertext Markup Language File|
|.INI||Windows Initialization File|
|.ODT||OpenDocument Text Document|
|.TXT||Plain Text File|
|.WPC||WordPad Converter File|
Additional Related File Types
|.CMD||Windows Command File|
|.INFO||Generic Information File|
|.MD||Markdown Documentation File|
|.ME||Readme Text File|
|.RTX||Rich Text Document|
|.UTF8||Unicode UTF8-Encoded Text Document|
|.WRI||Microsoft Write Document|