How to Use Textpad to Write Articles Faster
It's important for you to use TextPad because all ezine publishers want your articles
without any formatting. Also, for any email exchange, you need to put your article in
the body of the email, not an attachment. Most Online readers who don't know you will
not open your email, and people who do know you want it this faster, easier way.
Textpad is a shareware download from
means you can use it, fully functional, but you are expected to pay for it if you use it a
The very first thing you should know about Textpad is that it is a PLAIN TEXT editor.
That means there is absolutely no formatting like bold, underline, or italics. One of the
benefits of this program is that it can wrap you articles at 65 chanters across fast and
Textpad is straightforward and easy to understand and work with. Here's how to
set up the program to make your articles.
First, click on the "Configure" menu, then 'Preferences...." then under the General
page uncheck "Allow multiple instances to run." Doing this makes it so that TextPad
can't be run twice at the same time. Check the box next to "Allow multiple files in
command line." This allows you to open multiple files at once.
Next, click on the plus sign next to the words "Document Classes." Then, click on
"Text." You will notice a little to the right a bunch of settings. These are the settings to
make your articles wrap. First, check "Word Wrap Long Lines," underneath that click the
circle "Save with hard breaks." Finally, underneath the white area put a check mark next
to "Word break at column numbers:" and fill in the text box with 65 or what ever
number you want (for article purposes 65 is the best way to go).
Press OK and you are done!
To do a word count to your articles, simply highlight your entire article, right click
on it, go to properties and remember the number under the "Selected Column" in the
"Words:" row. Most opt-in ezines want the word count.
TextPad can do a lot more than just wrap your articles for you. You can sort a list
of things in alphabetical order, find and replace, give you total number of words in your
article, spell check, and lots more. This is the one program I wouldn't be without. It
makes article submissions so much easier and faster.
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Note: When I installed Textpad, it connected to the Internet During setup and
downloaded a 1669 KB ActiveX control from Microsoft's Web site. Then I had to
click on a button to restart my computer.