Notepad is the 'bare-bones' text editor that comes as standard with the Windows operating system. It can be used
to write and edit HTML files. To run Notepad, point the mouse to Start>Programs>Accessories>Notepad.
You can now use Notepad to create an HTML document. Remember, however, that Notepad's standard file format is .txt; that is, a plain text file. So you will need to save your HTML files with the extension .html. To do this, just type the file extension as well as the filename when you save the file - e.g. 'index.html'.
To begin a new file, click File>New. To open an existing file, click File>Open. To display existing HTML files when opening them, you may have to change the drop-down menu to 'all files' (see example).
You can use cut and paste in Notepad as with most applications -
Ctrl + C to copy,
Ctrl + X to cut,
Ctrl + V to paste.
You can use the normal Windows command to undo, which is Ctrl + Z.
Notepad also has a find function, to locate a word, number, character or phrase within a document. To use this you can either press F3, or click Search>Find.
If you don't like the default font Notepad uses, you can set it to whatever you want, using Edit>Set Font. I prefer to use Verdana, Bold at 11 points. Use whatever you find easiest to read and work with. Whatever font or size you use has no effect on the documents you will make. Example - here.
Let's now move on and take a quick look at using Internet Explorer, and then we'll get straight into writing some HTML.
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