Microsoft WordPad

Version6(as of 9/25/2017)
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Main Features

  • Provides a ribbon interface similar to Microsoft Word
  • Allows rich formatting and graphics insertion
  • Supports the Office Open XML format

Software Overview

Screenshot of Microsoft WordPad 6
Screenshot of Microsoft WordPad 6

Microsoft WordPad is a text editor bundled with Microsoft Windows. It is similar to Microsoft Word but does not offer as many capabilities. However, it offers many more features than Microsoft Notepad, which is another text editor bundled with Windows.

WordPad allows you to create and edit text documents. The program enables rich formatting where you can customize how the text is arranged, choose different fonts, set line spacing, and more. The text editor also enables you to link or embed objects, such as pictures or Microsoft Paint drawings into the document. It offers several convenient features, such as the ability to quickly send your document in an email. Another helpful feature is that WordPad supports the Office Open XML .DOCX format.

Microsoft WordPad is ideal for working with documents that don’t require heavy graphics usage, such as note taking. It is more powerful than Notepad but comes nowhere near Microsoft Word. Despite its lack of power the text editor will still come in handy for Microsoft Windows users.

Primary File Type

txt icon.TXTPlain Text File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.TXTPlain Text File
.CFGConfiguration File
.CONFIGConfiguration File
.CSSCascading Style Sheet
.CSVComma-Separated Values File
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document (Legacy)
.DOCWordPad Document
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Document
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.INIWindows Initialization File
.JSONJavaScript Object Notation File
.LOGLog File
.ODTOpenDocument Text Document
.RTFRich Text Format File
.WPCWordPad Converter File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.CMDWindows Command File
.INFOGeneric Information File
.LSTData List
.MDMarkdown Documentation File
.MEReadme Text File
.OUTOutput File
.RTXRich Text Document
.UTF8Unicode UTF8-Encoded Text Document
.WRIMicrosoft Write Document
.WTXText Document
Updated 9/25/2017