An amped up version of your old standby – whatever it is – may can seem unnecessary in certain cases, but not when it comes to Notepad alternatives. While adding too many bells and whistles can sometimes mar the original, not with QuickPad, the sleeker “cooler sister” of Notepad.
QuickPad gives users access to several features and tools not available in Notepad, yet it still runs just as quick. Whether you’ve always wanted to run scripts directly in Notepad or insert rare characters into your files, QuickPad can make it happen.
Our guide will outline how to use QuickPad.
To use QuickPad on your Windows-based computer, you will first need to install it. To do this, visit the official site for QuickPad and click the blue “Download” button in the top-right corner.
After you click, a small window will appear asking you to save the program to your computer. Click “Save File” to save the setup.exe file.
Once you save the file, locate it on your computer to install. Click “Run” on the Open File dialog box when it appears.
Next, the QuickPad Setup Wizard will appear. Follow the prompts by clicking “Next” at the bottom of each window to complete the setup process.
When it’s done, you will see a success window. Click “Run QuickPad” to load the program.
Also, you can now access QuickPad via the Start Menu too.
Once QuickPad loads for the first time, an untitled document will open, which we’ve added text to. And an entire toolbar full of several features will also appear at the top of the screen. The features here are akin to what you’d see in Wordpad.
From left to right, the icons in the toolbar represent basic Word functions, with a “Fullscreen” mode option available at the end.
There are also three new menus in QuickPad – “Upload,” “Snips” and “Options.” Under the “Upload” menu, you will find one option, which is “Upload to PasteBin.” This is a cloud site where you can temporarily store your text files.
After you select to upload, a dialog box for uploading to Pastebin will appear. You will need to create a free account to use this service; definitely a good idea.
Under “Snips” meanwhile, menu is a feature that lets you add a whole range of characters and is a great tool for those using this program in a language other than English. When you click “Snips,” you will see two options – “Insert character” or “Search Google.” Selecting “Search Google” simply opens up a new tab and sets it to Google.
And choose “Insert character” to insert and view the available characters. When you find one you want to add, double-click the character so it appears in the “Characters to copy” field at the bottom of the dialog box, then click “Copy.”
Next, you can hit “Paste” and the character will appear in your file.
Another big draw to QuickPad is its ability to support several languages. To use QuickPad in a specific language, click the “Options” menu and select “Download language…”
Next, a dialog screen will appear asking you to choose the language you wish to download. Choose your language, then select “Download.”
And for those speaking Asian dialects, the option to read text from right to left reading order can be accessed by right-clicking the text in any open file.
When it’s time to save your QuickPad file, you can save it in several different scripts. Go to “File” and “Save as” then click the “Encoding” menu to chose the code you want to save in.
And lastly, customizing your start screen and Quickpad interface is an option. To customize how QuickPad looks, go to “Options” then select “QuickPad Settings.”
The Settings window for QuickPad will load and you will see the option to change the default background color of the typing box, default text color, and font. Make sure to click “Save” before exiting.
QuickPad is an alternative to Notepad that hits two big notes – the ability to insert unique characters and the ability to use the program in different languages. These features make this simple yet program definitely one to check out if you use Notepad often. And for another viable Notepad alternative that can edit scripts, check out Notepad++.