Windows 10: Can't Save a Letter Typed in Wordpad and Print It? Solved

  1.    13 Oct 2017 #1

    Can't Save a Letter Typed in Wordpad and Print It?


    First let me say that I know very little about computers, and joined here due to some struggles with my new Windows 10 computer. Thanks to all who take the time to read this and reply.

    Once in awhile I'll write a letter on my computer, save it to Documents, then have the option to edit it and print it out. I never had any issues in Windows 7. I don't want to pay extra money for any special software to do this.

    I just wrote a letter using Wordpad. I saved it to Documents. When I went to open it and look at it before I printed it out, I had the option to do neither.

    I kept getting popups that blocked my "Word" letter, that said I had to sign up for Microsoft Office, I had to sign an agreement, etc. I don't want to sign up for anything and pay for it to do this. The popups didn't allow me to even read my letter again, copy or move it anywhere else, or print it.

    Isn't there a simple way to type a letter with Windows 10, save it, edit it or print it without buying or downloading any special software? There's already so much stuff on this Windows 10 computer that I don't use and never will.

    I finally ended up retyping it in Wordpad and printing it out from there without saving it, but I want the option to save these things if desired.
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    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703
       13 Oct 2017 #2

    Hi Bigfoot. Simple answers is yes.

    Do you have an Outlook.com account (or hotmail, msn or Live) ? If yes click on the nines little squares upper left and click on "Word". This is a program you have to use online and it saves it in your Onedrive.

    If you don't have an Outlook.com account how about a gmail account. In that case click on the nine little squares in upper right. Clcik on Google drive, then new and use Google docs. This saves to your google Drive.

    You can save, edit or print.


    Ken
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  3.    13 Oct 2017 #3

    Bigfoot said: View Post
    I just wrote a letter using Wordpad. I saved it to Documents. When I went to open it and look at it before I printed it out, I had the option to do neither.
    That is the salient point - you should be able to.

    WordPad is free, included in all versions of Windows and works perfectly fine for simple documents. If you are happy with it you may as well use it.

    It sounds like you have a trial of Word included which has grabbed the extension .rtf that WordPad uses by default and associated it with the paid Microsoft Word. This is to "encourage" you to pay for their subscription.

    If you don't want to and are happy using WordPad what you can do is this:

    Make a document (just a couple of words will do) in WordPad and save it. By default it uses the file extension .rtf You can leave that extension type - it is fine.

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    Right-click on the document you saved and select "Open with" like this

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    Then click on "More apps"

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    Then scroll down, pick WordPad, tick the box "Always use this app to open .rtf files" and click "OK"

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    After doing that all .rtf documents should automatically open in WordPad every time for you to print/edit or whatever.
    Last edited by lx07; 13 Oct 2017 at 17:55. Reason: clarity
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  4.    13 Oct 2017 #4

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Hi Bigfoot. Simple answers is yes.

    Do you have an Outlook.com account (or hotmail, msn or Live) ? If yes click on the nines little squares upper left and click on "Word". This is a program you have to use online and it saves it in your Onedrive.

    If you don't have an Outlook.com account how about a gmail account. In that case click on the nine little squares in upper right. Clcik on Google drive, then new and use Google docs. This saves to your google Drive.

    You can save, edit or print.


    Ken
    Thanks Ken, the only email account I have is with my ISP, Comcast.
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  5.    13 Oct 2017 #5

    lx07 said: View Post
    That is the salient point - you should be able to.

    WordPad is free, included in all versions of Windows and works perfectly fine for simple documents. If you are happy with it you may as well use it.

    It sounds like you have a trial of Word included which has grabbed the extension .rtf that WordPad uses by default and associated it with the paid Microsoft Word. This is to "encourage" you to pay for their subscription.

    If you don't want to and are happy using WordPad what you can do is this:

    Make a document (just a couple of words will do) in WordPad and save it. By default it uses the file extension .rtf You can leave that extension type - it is fine.
    Thanks so much LX07, I followed your instructions and it was very easy to do and worked perfectly! Life is good again!
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