WordPad Word Count, Margins, Line Spacing, Picture, and More

Written by Thirumalraj

In this post, you’ll see:

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

Check WordPad Word and Page Count

WordPad doesn’t display the word count for a document. Therefore, you need to do this:

Copy the text of the WordPad document.

Go to Google Docs.

At the bottom right, click the + icon. Paste the copied text.

Can you please click Tools at the top? Select Word count.

Next to “Words” in the popup, you’ll see the word count of your WordPad document.

Alternatively, you can also use free word counters available online to accomplish this task.

WordPad doesn’t display the page count. You can find the number of pages in your document by following these steps:

  1. Open the document you wish to know the page count—hit File at the top left.
  2. Hover your mouse over Print—hit Print preview.
  3. Hold down the down arrow until you see the pages have changed.
  4. You are now on the last page of the document. On the bottom left, you can view the page count for the WordPad document.

Change WordPad Margins, Paper Size, and Orientation

Let’s see the steps for setting up the WordPad document’s orientation to landscape and paper size and how to change margins.

Open WordPad and hit File at the top left.

Under Print, click Page setup. In the Page Setup popup, you’ll find the Paper section.

If you want to change the paper size, choose from the drop-down list next to “Size.”

In the Orientation section, you can choose between “Portrait” and “Landscape.” To make the WordPad landscape, choose the latter. Remember that WordPad’s default orientation is “Portrait.”

You can set the left, right, top, and bottom margins in the Margins section. Set them how you wish. Take note that the values here represent inches.

You can also tweak the other options in the popup if you’d like. Hit the OK button.

Insert a Horizontal Line into WordPad

WordPad doesn’t have an inbuilt option for “horizontal line.”

However, you can insert the horizontal line into your WordPad by following these steps:

  1. Open the WordPad document.
  2. Place the cursor where you need a horizontal line.
  3. Press and hold the Hyphen key on your keyboard until it fills the current line.
  4. Remember that this one will add a dashed line. If you want a straight line, you must press and hold both the Hyphen and Shift keys until it fills the current line.

Set Tab Stop in WordPad

When you hit the Tab key, the cursor will be in a position called “tab stop.”

You can set up a tab stop on Windows 11 WordPad, and here’s how:

  1. Select the paragraph(s) for which you want to apply tab stop in the WordPad document.
  2. Right-click on the body of the document.
  3. Hit the Paragraph.
  4. In the popup, hit the Tabs button.
  5. In the Tabs popup, type the inches in the number as per your liking and press the Enter key.
  6. Remember that you can set as many tab stops as you want.
  7. After that, hit the OK button.

That’s all.

If you want to clear a single or all the tab stop you’ve set, follow these steps:

Select the paragraph(s) you wish to remove the tab stop.

Open the Tabs popup using the above steps.

If you’re going to clear a single one, select it and hit the Clear button. If you’re going to remove everything, hit the Clear all button. Hit the OK button.

Change Line Spacing in WordPad

Follow these steps to apply line spacing to a new or existing document:

Open the WordPad document if you want to apply line spacing to an existing document.

Open WordPad if you want to apply line spacing to a new document.

You can find the Paragraph section in the Home tab of the ribbon. In it, you’ll find a Line spacing icon next to the “Start a list” icon.

Click it, and you’ll see: 1.0, 1.15 (WordPad’s default line spacing), 1.5, and 2.0.

If you prefer double line spacing, choose the latter. If you prefer single-line spacing, choose the former. You may also select any of the other options.

That’s it. You can see the changes in the document.

Alternatively, you can do this task via keyboard shortcuts. Let’s see that.

Open the document (new or existing). Press Ctrl + 1 for 1.0 or Ctrl + 5 for 1.5 or Ctrl + 2 for 2.0.

Here’s another alternative method:

  1. Right-click on the WordPad document body.
  2. Hit the Paragraph.
  3. Open the drop-down list beside “Line spacing.”
  4. Select the one you prefer, and click the OK button.

Insert, Move or Resize a Picture in WordPad

You can insert a picture into Windows 11 WordPad, and here’s how:

  1. Open the WordPad document.
  2. Place the cursor where you want the image to appear.
  3. In the Insert section at the top, click “Picture.”
  4. Find and select the image.
  5. Hit the Open button.

That’s it.

Here’s how to move a picture within WordPad: Select the image. Drag and drop it where you want it. That’s all.

You can resize the image in WordPad as follows:

Select the image. Currently, you can see some white boxes surrounding the image.

Please move your mouse over it and start resizing the image.

Here’s another way to accomplish this task:

Select the image. Hit the Down arrow in the picture, which you can find in the Insert section at the top.

Click on the “Resize picture” option. Enter the horizontal and vertical sizes in the popup.

Deselect Lock Aspect Ratio if you wish to change horizontal and vertical sizes separately. Once you have set the size to your preference, click OK.

That’s it.

Thanks for reading.

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