Difference Between Notepad and WordPad

Primary Difference

There is always the need of typing something down or noting information when a person is using the computer. There are different options for that, some people even download some application which helps in that such as Microsoft Word, the most popular software in this regard. But most of us, when having to enter simple data quickly, use something else. There are two different kinds of options available, and they are Notepad and WordPad. Usually both of them are considered the same and in reality, they actually are very similar to each other but still have differences between them which can be identified once they are used correctly. Both have various features which help in completing the task, but there are more options in WordPad as compared to Notepad. This is because Notepad’s main function is to provide text-based services while images and other options are available in the WordPad, which can even be edited. Both have options to create new paragraphs, but simple line breaks are available in Notepad while options such as alignment, changing the text, giving headings is possible in WordPad. Both of them save the files in the form of text, but there are additional options regarding keeping the type of file for WordPad. That said, it is a better experience to view a text document in Notepad because the HTML coding shows all over the document in WordPad. Usually, people tend to use notepad when there is a need to just enter text and save valuable information while WordPad is preferred when documentation such as official notes, are to be completed. It can be said that the main difference between the two is the WordPad is more advanced than Notepad while the latter one is simpler than the first. There are some other differences between them which are listed at the end while a brief description of both these pads is given next.

Comparison Chart

NotepadWordPad
BenefitIt comes with the original windows package and is used for text-based activities.It also comes with the Windows package but is a more advanced editor in comparison to notepad.
FunctionIt is the simplest of editors where people can write down stuff with specific options.The primary function still is to write text, but images can be added and even edited in this application.
OptionsThere aren’t many options while using Notepad.There are various options available when WordPad is being used.
ImagesImages cannot be added in NotepadImages can be added in Wordpad
UsageTo use text-based options it is betterif there is a requirement of additional services it is better

Definition of Notepad

It comes with the original windows package and is used for text-based activities. It is the simplest of editors where people can write down stuff with specific options. The font has to be set before the operation beings in a notepad. While actions like bold, italic and underline are available for either the whole text or not at all. People cannot enter images of other stuff in this editor which saves the file in the text format, this helps the file size to stay small while it is recognized by other software such as Microsoft Word as well. It also allows for paragraphs to be formed but they cannot be aligned separately.

Definition of WordPad

It also comes with the Windows package but is a more advanced editor in comparison to notepad. The primary function still is to write text, but images can be added and even edited in this application. There are multiple options such as changing fonts, adding lines and paragraphs while they can also be aligned properly and headings can be given with ease. It offers different options to save the file, but the user interface is not that catchy, actually looks rather messy. The file size is much larger in comparison, but that does not affect the overall features which make it a better choice if official documentation is to be done.

Differences in a Nutshell

  1. Text editor in Notepad is very simple while the text editor in WordPad is more advanced in comparison.
  2. There aren’t many options while using Notepad while there are various options available when WordPad is being used.
  3. New paragraphs can be made in Notepad, but there aren’t any formatting options while there are several formatting choices and alignments along with text fonts available in WordPad.
  4. Images cannot be added in Notepad while they can easily be inserted and edited in WordPad.
  5. Notepad always saves the files as text files while there are various options to save files in a WordPad.
  6. View of a Notepad is simpler than the opinion of a WordPad.
  7. To use text-based options, Notepad is the best while if there is a requirement of additional services, WordPad is the better choice.
  8. WordPad can be considered as an improvement in Notepad.

Conclusion

Two terms which can be considered similar but actually are different from each other and the ones who seem different but mean similar can exist. But very rarely, there are the ones which have both the issues. Notepad and Wordpad are those, and this article has tried best to lay out the differences between them and help people to know the meaning properly.

Harlon Moss

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