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Windows 7 comes with a number of accessories to help you work with text. Text that might be as simple as a Sticky Note or more complex text that might be equivalent to some word processing applications. We are going to start with that Sticky Note. Let's say we just want to post a little reminder up on our screen. The Sticky Note accessory is ideal for this. We go down to the Windows Orb. You'll find it under Accessories. So we can go to All Programs here and we click Accessories and we'll find Sticky Notes there. Now this is something you use on a regular basis.
You might want to pin it to the Taskbar perhaps. So I am going click-and-drag mine down to the Taskbar when I see Pin to Taskbar appear I can let go. And now I have quick and easy access to it from here. One click will close up our Start menu. One more click now on the Sticky Note icon will open up our first Sticky Note and we're ready to start typing. Well, today it just so happens to be my mother's birthday, so I need a little reminder here to "Call Mom re: happy birthday." There we go.
There is a couple of little buttons here at the top, one for adding another new note. Notice the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N for another new note. That's while we are inside the note and when we are done with this note, the equivalent to peeling it off the screen, crumpling in up and throwing it in the trash bin would be to click this little Close button, Ctrl+D as in delete, on the keyboard. When we click the Desktop, those disappear. So Ctrl+N and Ctrl+D won't work now unless we go back into the note and try to make a change or if we click the Desktop, we can move right up to the very top to see those buttons again.
But we'll just leave it there for now. That's a Sticky Note. Now if you need to type in some actual text and you're not too concerned about formatting, you just want to get some sample text, some very simple looking text, the Notepad accessory is ideal for that. We will click the Windows Orb. Instead of going through All Programs>Accessories, let's just type in notepad. You will notice, it's one of the programs and it's the only program under the Programs section here. When we click it, we launch Notepad.
And this is the same Notepad you might be used to in previous versions of Windows. Here we have got a menu bar performing File, Commands, Edit, Format, View and even some Help over here. Flashing cursors sitting there, waiting for us to start typing. We can resize this window. Let's just type in the beginnings of our recipe for a Veggie Stir Fry. Now what you're going to see here is the default font. This is the font you used last. For me, I've got this wild-looking Goudy font.
You will probably seen something a little more tame. All right. Press Return, I am still working in that font and that's probably too much for this. So let's go up to Format and you will notice you can change the font. You don't select text in Notepad. It's going to affect the entire document. So let's just scroll through the list of fonts here and find something quite simple. I am going to go up near the top and where I find Arial. Now we have got some styles for Arial, for example, if we want it to be bold, maybe narrow and bold, you will see a sample down below.
We will change the size, I am going to go up to 12 and click OK. So you can choose whatever you like there and you will see the changes take place, even though we haven't selected that text. Okay, then we continue typing and if we want to save this, we will go to the File menu, notice we've got Save, which will just simply save it with the current name but if it doesn't have a name, and this one does not yet, it's says Untitled at the top, Save As is what it's going to show up. So we can choose Save or Save As either way.
We are going to be saving it by default to our Documents and that's fine. Down below you will notice the extension is going to be a txt extension. It's the only option. It's a text file. So let's just type in 'VeggieStirfry' and when you click Save that name now appears on the title bar. We can make some other simple changes to this document. Click File and go down to Page Setup. You can see the default is Letter size but we can choose other sizes like Legal, if we need a little more length.
The source of your printer where it's coming from the Default tray. You can see the Orientation can be selected as well. The Margins can be adjusted. Maybe I want 2 inches at the top, so I will change that. When I tab over to the Bottom one, you will notice the change here in the Preview does show up. We can also have information that's going to appear at the top and bottom of every single page. Right now under Footer, you will notice the word Page and then the code for the page number. So we're going to see information. You can type whatever you like.
If you want to change that from the word Page you can take that out and put dashes on either side of the page code and click OK. Now if we go up to File as if we are going to print this, notice print has the ellipsis after it, Ctrl+P, the shortcut. This is going to open up a dialog box. We can send it to our printer. We can send it to OneNote if you have got that installed, other options. But if we want to preview this, notice as we scroll through this, there is really no option to preview it.
That's the disadvantage to using something like Notepad. So I will click Cancel. We've already saved it, so close that up. And we are not asked to save anything. The next option for working with text is WordPad. And WordPad lets you take it a step further. For example, you can use rich text formatting, insert pictures, and other documents, links and so on. So let's go down to our Windows Orb and type in 'wordp' and you'll notice there is only one program starting with wordp, WordPad.
We will select it and it opens up and you can see it's looking a little bit more like some other word processors you may work with, Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. We have got the ribbon across the top now. So now here you can see we have got our button at the very top. Here is where we have go to do everything like opening and saving and printing. We can click that to see the list. But we have also got tabs for the ribbon, the Home tab and the View tab. So lots of different options to work with. So let's say we wanted to create a report on learning how to surf.
I am going to type that in. 'Learn How to Surf.' I am going to press my Enter key a couple of times just to dropdown and leave some space. There is my title. Maybe I want to put in the date. Well, I can actually insert the date from the Insert section here on the Home ribbon. One of the options is Date and Time. So when I select that you can choose the format. I am going to choose this one here, September 03, 2009. And I am going to press Return a couple of times, type 'by David Rivers'.
Now this looks very plain, almost as if it were in Notepad. But we can start making changes to parts of the text. Let's select our title. If you move in to the left margin, click once to select the entire line. Now you can see right here from the Font section of the ribbon, we can choose the Font family. As we scroll down, we've got lots to choose from. I am going to go quite a ways down the list to this one, Jokerman. There we go. That's a fancy looking font. I might want that centered.
While it's still selected, I will choose the Center button here in the paragraph section. In fact all of this should probably be centered. So I am going to click-and-drag until I select the other two lines, center them as well. Here we go. You can see there's a lot we can do with WordPad compared to Notepad. When I press Return or Enter couple of times. I am still centered, so if I want to go back to the left, I can click the Left. You can also insert pictures. Click the Picture button. You can see there is a dropdown here if we wanted to change or resize a picture but in this case we're just inserting it right now.
Let's just browse to our Exercise Files. If you don't have the Exercise Files, no problem. You can use any image you like. We are going to go to the Chap05 folder, at the 05_01 sub-folder and there's our SepiaSurf image. So with it selected, we will click Open. And that just inserts it right here on the page. Now one thing I like to do when working with an application such as WordPad is to maximize it. I am going to maximize it so it fills my entire screen.
Notice down at the bottom right-hand corner, we can also adjust the zoom level, which is at normal or current size at 100%. Just bring it back down so we get a feel for the entire page itself and I would say that this needs to be centered as well. So we will click the image and we can center it just like we would text. We need to bring this down as well. You can click just in front of the title. You might want to zoom in a little bit now. You can hit Return as many times as you like and what's going to happen is everything is going to move down the page. It's a little more centered that way.
We can also have the ability here to change our line spacing. We can add bulleted lists and so on. Now just scroll down, click after the picture and hit Return a couple more times and we'll insert an object. Now an object could be another document, for example. So if I go up to Insert Object, you will notice there is a lots that we can Create New or from a File. I am going to choose Create from File. Now we just have to go browsing for that file. It could be an Excel spreadsheet.
It could be a Word document, we are going to go to our Exercise Files one more time and in the 05_01 folder we do have a Text Document. So select that and click Open. It now appears in the path and when we click OK, you can see it actually appears here in our document. So we can scroll down a little bit, we might zoom in as well and we can resize this.
Now this is actually a Notepad document. So double-clicking shows us the text that's going to appear in our document. If you prefer, you could actually just highlight this text. We are in Notepad right now, click Edit and Copy and we can close this up. If you prefer, delete the icon and paste. And we can paste directly from the Paste button here in ribbon. When we choose Paste, it's going to be pasted the way it is. Paste special allows us to do things like match it to our current font or current formatting.
So Unformatted Text means the formatting won't come across. It will use the formatting of our current document and there it is. One last neat little thing, there's so much we can do with WordPad. Let's just select all of that text and turn it into a bulleted list. We got a button for that. You can start a list. There is the default bullets. You can click the dropdown if you want to try something else like a Numbered list or using Letters, Roman Numerals. I am going to go to the Roman Numerals. Click out here on the page to deselect and you can see WordPad allows us to take a big step past what we can do with Notepad.
And it's just another one of the options you have in Windows 7 for working with text. Close that up and choose not to save it. Documents you create in WordPad are text documents but the difference is you will see the rtf extension, Rich Text Format, which can be opened by all kinds of word processors including Microsoft Word.
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