WordPad Word Count, Margins, Orientation, and More

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

How to 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. Would 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.

As an alternative, 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.

How to Change WordPad Margins, Paper Size, and Orientation

Here you’ll find instructions for setting up the WordPad document’s orientation to landscape, paper size as well as how to change margins.

Press the Windows + R key to open the Run window and type “write” (without double quotes). Then press Enter key. You can now see the WordPad.

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.”

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

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


How to 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 need to press and hold both the Hyphen and Shift keys until it fills the current line.

See: How to Create Text File in Windows 11


How to 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 then hit 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 tab stops you’ve set, then follow these steps:

Select the paragraph(s) for which you want 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 then hit the Clear button. If you’re going to remove everything, then hit the Clear all button. Hit the OK button.


How to Change Line Spacing on WordPad

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

Press the Windows + R key to open the Run window and type “write” (without double quotes). Then press Enter key. You can now see the WordPad. 

If you want to apply line spacing to an existing document, open the WordPad 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 an alternative method:

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

How to 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 the “Picture.”
  4. Find and select the image.
  5. Hit the Open button.

That’s it. You have added the photo to WordPad.

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 then 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 both horizontal and vertical sizes separately. Once you set the size to your preference, click OK.

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


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