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Tool Setup: Notepad

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 9 seconds

Notepad save dialogOf the two common text editor applications we will look at Notepad is the easiest to set up. (On most Windows computers, you can find it under Start / Programs / Accessories / Notepad ). You simply have to be aware of two things:

  1. Saving files in Notepad: the application will want to save anything you write as a .txt file in ANSI encoding. The first time you save a document, remember that HTML pages must end with a .html extension, and be encoded in UTF-8.

  2. Limitation of one open document at a time: Notepad will only allow you to edit one document at a time. Choosing File / New will clear the window. This is not an issue at this stage, but will become one as we start to edit multiple documents at the same time. To edit a new document in Notepad without closing the old one, simply start up a new instance of Notepad (i.e. go to Start / Programs / Accessories / Notepad again).

There are a few settings for Notepad that will make your work easier: Format / Word wrap from Notepad’s menu bar will ensure that long lines of code do not go off the edge of the Notepad application window, forcing you to scroll; I’d also suggest changing Format / Font… to a choice that is larger and more legible.

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