How to Find Notepad on a Computer

By Damarious Page

Microsoft Notepad is a text editor native to the Windows operating system. Notepad is a "plain text" editor, compared to robust and feature-packed word processors, such as Microsoft Word. Though simple in description, Notepad has important uses in high-level activities, such as computer programming. In addition, Windows users commonly go to Notepad first to perform temporary typing functions or to paste copied text. Notepad is very accessible in the operating system.

Use Programs List

Step 1

Click on "Start" or the Windows orb logo on the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop to show the Start menu.

Step 2

Click on "Programs" or "All Programs" to show a menu of installed programs in Windows.

Step 3

Click on the "Accessories" folder to expand it.

Step 4

Click on the "Notepad" icon to open the program.

Use Search

Step 1

Click on "Start" or the Windows orb logo on the taskbar to show the Start menu.

Step 2

Click the "Search" button.

Step 3

Type "notepad" in the search box, then press the "Enter" key to open Notepad.

Tips & Warnings

  • For Apple's Mac OS X operating systems, the TextEdit application is similar to Microsoft's Notepad (see Resources).