WordPad and Paint are often have been accessories of Windows Since Windows 95 and are sometimes overlooked by many users. They are still included in Windows 7 and 8 and have a newer user interface with some enhanced features. Here we will take a look at some of the new improvements.
WordPad has always come in very handy as a quick and easy to use text editor for documents. Rather than loading up a new Word session to make simple adjustments, WordPad can save a lot of time. In fact it is all some users need to create basic letters and and other simple documents or edit web pages.
WordPad 6.1 w/ Ribbon UI:
WordPad includes the nicely laid out Ribbon interface which has been a feature since Office 2007. If you are new to the Ribbon, it does take getting used to, but once you do, it will be second nature.
To access commonly used commands quicker, just Right-click the button and choose 'Add to Quick Access Toolbar'.
One of the neetest features, it includes the ability to read and write documents to Office Open XML format, which supports Open Office (.odt) and IBM Lotus Symphony suites.
Just like in pervious versions of Windows you can insert a Paint drawing.
Below is an example of the Ribbon UI included in the newer version of Microsoft Paint.
There is easier to access options for editing Paint projects.
Paint's main menu offers more choices for saving, printing images etc.
The New looking Ribbon is around to stay and itís nice to get the uniformity between Windows applications. Paint and WordPad may appear to be like forgotten accessories, but the new look and improvements might warrant a second look.
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