Create Quick Notes with Word Pad

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Some folks use note pads or Post Its to jot down quick notes to themselves and save them on their desk or stick them to their monitor.

Other folks, like the technologically savvy (aka geeks), use another alternative that doesn't take them away from their computer. You may want to give this easy tip a try. The benefit is that creating scraps is just a click and drag session and you do not have to take the time to name and save a file!

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  • Launch WordPad.  
  • Key in the text to create your note.  
  • Select (highlight) the text.  
  • Drag the selection and drop it on your desktop.  
  • Close WordPad and Click No when prompted to save changes.

Once you have dropped the selection onto your desktop, Windows XP recognizes it as an OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) object from WordPad and creates a scrap, complete with a special icon with the default title name of Scrap. You can always rename the scrap so that it is more meaningful for you.

When you want to view your note, just double-click it and WordPad will open it for you!

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