NOTEPAD is a full-screen text editor suitable for preparing source code or other text files. You can use NOTEPAD
to create a new file or alter an existing one. Text is displayed on screen and can be scrolled vertically or horizontally
using the mouse. To add new text, you simply type it in. To delete existing text, you either use the delete keys or cut using
The <filename> arguments specify the file(s) you want to edit. If the file exists, it is
loaded into NOTEPAD and the first few lines are displayed on screen ready for editing. If the file does not exist,
NOTEPAD will create the file and present a blank screen ready for text to be entered.
The PUBSCREEN argument can be used to specify a <public screen name>
where NOTEPAD will display the file(s).
If the CREATEICONS option specifies YES or
ON, an icon will be created for the saved file, otherwise no icon will be created.
The F or FONT option can be used to specify a
<font name> that NOTEPAD will use to display the file(s).
The C or CHARSET option can be used to specify a
<character set> that NOTEPAD will use to display the file(s).
Valid options are:
This character set was initially based on ISO-8859-1, it also includes ISO-8859-15 Euro sign, Numero Sign and the
Windows-1251 cyrillic chars 168, 184, 192-255. (The cyrillic symbols have matched the Windows-1251 purely by accident
but now play a very important role in terms of compatibility to reading the many text files that come in that format
without the need to convert them).
An extended ASCII character set with some Greek letters, mathematical symbols, and characters which can be used as
elements in simple pseudo-graphics.
A similar character set to ISO-8859-1 but some of the characters are in different code positions.
Latin Alphabet 1. This is the most common Western encoding in use on the Web. It matches the default character set used
on Windows in most Western countries. It does not match the character set used in most Western versions of the Mac OS
(MacRoman), and does not match character sets commonly used in most non-Western countries. The first 127 characters
(binary codes 1-127) are the same in most countries.
Latin Alphabet 2, used in Central and Eastern Europe for Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, English, Finnish,
Hungarian, Irish, German, Polish, Romanian, Serbian (Latin transcription), Slovak, Slovenian, and Sorbian (Lusatian).
Latin Alphabet 3, for Afrikaans, Catalan, Dutch, English, Esperanto, French, Galician, German, Italian, Maltese, Spanish,
Latin Alphabet 4 for Danish, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Greenlandic, Lappish (Sami), Latvian, Lithuanian,
Norwegian, and Swedish.
Latin/Cyrillic Alphabet for Russian and certain other languages written in the Cyrillic alphabet.
||Latin/Nordic (Sámi, Inuit, Icelandic) Alphabet.
||Latin/Baltic Rim Alphabet.
Latin/Modern for use in Albanian, Croatian, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Irish Gaelic (new orthography),
Italian, Latin, Polish, Romanian, and Slovenian.
The second character set defined in GOST 19768-74 and generally refered to as Cyrillic ASCII.
||The standard Thai character set used by the Kingdom of Thailand.
||Supports only 7-bit characters.
MS Windows character set designed for Central Europe languages (Albanian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian,
Serbian (Latin), Slovak, and Slovenian).
MS Windows character set designed for Cyrillic languages (Azeri, Belarusian, Bulgarian, FYRO Macedonian, Kazakh,
Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Russian, Serbian, Tatar, Ukrainian, and Uzbek).
MS Windows character set designed for Latin 1 languages (Afrikaans, Basque, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faroese,
Finnish, French, Galician, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili,
||MS Windows character set designed for Greek.
MS Windows character set designed for Turkic languages (Azeri (Latin), Turkish, and Uzbek (Latin)).
||MS Windows character set designed for Hebrew.
||MS Windows character set designed for Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu.
MS Windows character set designed for Baltic languages (Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian).
||MS Windows character set designed for Vietnamese.
||Short Czech and Slovak Alphabet.
||Short Polish Alphabet.
If the FF or FIXEDWIDTHFONT option specifies
YES or ON, a fixed width font will be used, which will override
<font name> if specified, otherwise a proportional font will be used.
If the NWW or NOWORDWRAP option specifies
YES or ON, then the word wrapping option will be turned off,
otherwise word wrap will be turned on.
The TS or TABSIZE option can be used to specify tab positions
every <tab size> characters. Default is every 4 characters.
The AI or AUTOINDENT option specifies YES
or ON, then automatic indentation will occur, otherwise there is no automatic indentation.
When NOTEPAD is invoked with a file the following screen displays:
The NotePad window has 9 commonly used buttons across the top, and these are repeated together with additional functions
within the pull-down menus, as discussed below:
The Project menu provides the following options:
||Opens a new Notepad window.
||Brings up a requester to select a file to open.
||Brings up a requester to select a file to open and insert at the current cursor location.
||Save the previously saved file.
||Brings up a requester to save as a new file.
||Print the current file.
||Closes the current file.
||Version and copyright information about NotePad.
||Iconify the current file.
The Edit menu provides the following options:
||Moves highlighted text to the Clipboard.
||Copies highlighted text to the Clipboard.
||Copies text from the Clipboard to the current cursor location.
||Deletes highlighted text but does not copy it to the Clipboard.
||Reverses the last request.
||Redoes the last reversed request.
||Erase all of the current text.
The Navigation menu provides the following options:
||Search for a word or phrase.
||Repeat the previous Find request.
||Replace the searched for word or phase with another.
||Jumps to the specified character position.
The Settings menu provides the following options:
||If ticked, NotePad will automatically create icons for saved files.
||If ticked, NotePad will perform automatic indentation.
Brings up a font requester which enables you to select a font for displaying the entire file.
||Enables you save the settings for the next invocation of NotePad.
3.OS4:> NOTEPAD mytext
starts up NOTEPAD and loads the text file mytext for editing.
3.OS4:> NOTEPAD mytext1 mytext2 FIXEDWIDTHFONT ON TABSIZE 10
starts up two windows for NOTEPAD and loads the file mytext1 into one and mytext2 into the other for editing. The text will
displayed using a fixed font and the tabs will be set to every 10 characters.
See Also: ED, EDIT, MeMacs
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Disclaimer: Amiga Auckland have prepared the above information for the use of its members based on our experiences
and as such is subject to revision at any time. Amiga Auckland cannot guarantee any of the information and cannot be held
accountable for any issues that may result from using it.