I don’t know anyone who is enthralled with Windows Notepad. Most folks figure it is just a basic program and don’t bother with it much at all.
Turns out that Notebook is a whole lot more robust than one would think at first glance! If you want to learn more about this handy little program, read on to learn about some of its hidden tricks. I think you will have a whole new respect for the Notepad when you are finished!
Use Notebook as a Journal? Why yes you can! You can even add a timestamp to it, which makes it just perfect for adding your journal entries when you have time throughout your day. How cool is that? Who knew the lowly little Notebook was capable of such things?
Follow the steps below to get a timestamp for your Notebook Journal:
- Create a new text document.
- Key in .LOG.
- Save your file.
Now, the net time you open your file, you should see the current date and time appear in it. All you need to do now, is click your Enter key and start keying in your thoughts and dreams to be read for posterity!
As you may have surmised, every time you open this file, a new timestamp will appear.
- Another little shortcut for this – if you just want to add a timestamp quickly is click F5. This will correspond to the Time/Date item hidden in the Edit menu.
I bet you also didn’t know that you could add a Header and/or Footer to your Notepad documents either! Well turns out you can! Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Click on File | Page Setup to display the dialog box.
Now at the bottom look for the Header: and Footer: fields and key in the content that you would like to display in your header and footer!
Do not be alarmed if you do not see your header and footer in your document. It is supposed to be that way., but the elements will definitely appear when you print your document.
Also be aware that there is no way that I know of to save your header and footer content from the Page Setup dialog, so you will have to add it manually every time you print your file. You also cannot set up different headers and footers in Notepad as you can in Word and other processors. Still and all, who know the little old Notepad could do this? Now YOU do!
Now if you notice, in the screenshot above in the Header space there appears and Ampersand and the letter f, which is a command telling Notepad to print the name of the document in your Header. And in the Footer area, the appears an Ampersand and the letter p, which tells Notepad to print the page number of your document. There are other commands you can use also:
So if you would like to display the current date (&d) and time (&t) in the left of your header (&l) and your file name (&f) in the right side of your header (&r), you will need to enter the string of commands below in the Header area: