WordPad is part of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to open WordPad

This article assumes that you have a PC with Windows 7 installed.

There are two ways to open WordPad:

Method 1

Windows button

 Step 1: Click on the ‘Windows’ button (right) at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. 

Step 2: In the menu that appears, click All Programs:

Windows all programs

Step 3: In the new menu, click Accessories:

Windows accessories

Step 4: In the Accessories sub-menu, click WordPad:

Windows WordPad

Step 5: The WordPad window now opens and you can begin using the program:

Use WordPad

Method 2

Step 1: Click on the ‘Windows’ button at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen (as Step 1 above).

Step 2: Type ‘WordPad’ into the search box:

Step 3: Find ‘WordPad’ in the search results, under ‘Programs’:

Step 4: Click on this and the WordPad window opens (as in Step 5 above)


Stephen Baird-Parker is a DU tutor and a qualified ICT teacher

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