WordPad is Microsoft's rich-text editor and comes with the Windows operating system. Some people enjoy using WordPad for its distinct lack of features. For anyone interested in a full-featured word processor, WordPad is not the right choice. Those writers will be more interested in Microsoft Word, which is a word processor suited to large writing projects. Converting WordPad documents to Microsoft Word to make the switch is so simple anyone can do it.
Open any version of Microsoft Word you want to use. Converting WordPad documents to Microsoft Word can be done regardless of version.
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Go to the "File" menu and choose the "Open" option. Browse to the location on your computer where the WordPad files are you want to convert. Click the drop-down menu in the lower right-hand corner of your file dialog box and select "Rich Text Format." Your WordPad files will become available. Open the one you want to convert first.
Go to the "File" menu and choose the "Save As" option. From the drop-down file menu in the lower right corner, select "Word Document" to save as the version of Word you're using. Select another option if you want to save as a different version of Word. Your original WordPad file will remain intact.