If you use Windows Operating System, you don’t need to buy or download an editor in order to write HTML. You have a perfectly functional editor built into your operating system called Notepad.
In fact, for many people this is all the entire HTML editor they will ever need because it is free as well as simple.
There are only a few steps to creating a Web page with Notepad or write HTML with Notepad:
- Open Notepad
Notepad is nearly always found in your “Accessories” menu or you can go to start->run->type in Notepad, a notepad will open.
- Start writing your HTML
Remember that you need to be more careful than in an HTML editor. You won’t have elements like tag completion and validation which happens to be in software.
- Save your HTML to a file
This is the tricky part. Notepad normally saves files as .txt. But since you’re writing HTML, you need to save the file as .htm or html, both will work.
If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a file named something like filename.htm.txt
Here’s how to avoid that:
- Click on “File” and then “Save As”
- Navigate to the folder you want to save in
- Change the “Save As Type” drop-down menu to “All Files (*.*)”
- Name your file, be sure to include the .htm extension e.g. homepage.htm
Remember HTML isn’t terribly hard to learn, and you needn’t buy any additional software or other items in order to put up your Web page. With Notepad, you can write complex or simple HTML and once you have learned the language, you can edit pages as quickly as someone with an expensive HTML editor. I too have mastered the HTML in the Notepad editor only without using any software.