Create a Basic HTML Page with Notepad in Windows 8
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to create the most basic HTML page you can create simply using the Notepad application on your Windows 8 computer.
Mouse down to the taskbar.
This is the bar that runs along the bottom of the screen.
Scroll left to the Windows button and left-click it once.
Alternatively, press the Windows keyboard key. This will open the Start menu.
Click on the downward-pointing arrow in the bottom left.
This will take us to the Apps menu. Let's search for Notepad.
Click in the search bar in the top right-hand corner.
Its background will turn white to indicate that it is active.
Type in "notepad".
As we type, the search will automatically begin narrowing our options down, until we are left only with Notepad.
Its icon is a blue notepad. This will launch the Notepad application. Now let's type in some very, very basic HTML tags.
This tells the browser that this is an HTML page.
Hit the "Enter" or "Return" keyboard key one time.
This starts us on a new line, line 2.
This tells the browser that this is the body of our web page.
Hit "Enter" or "Return" again.
We are now on line 3.
Type in some text.
We will type, "VisiHow is Awesome!". This is the text on our web page.
Hit "Enter" or "Return" again to get to line 4.
This is known as a closing tag. This closes the body section. Now we repeat this for the HTML tag. Note that we are closing our tags in reverse order to how we opened them. Another way to think of this is that the tags bracket our content symmetrically.
Hit the "Enter" or "Return" key to get to line 5.
This closes the HTML document. This is not properly formed code. We do have a tutorial explaining how to format code properly, or at least to our own standards, so that our websites are easy to read and legible to other people. But for now, we're just focused on creating a very basic web page.
Mouse up to "File".
It is in the top left of the window. Left-click it once.
Scroll down to "Save As..." and click it.
Find the "Save as type" field.
It is under the "File name" field, where ".txt" is lit up.
Click the downward-pointing arrow on the far right side of this field to open a dropdown menu.
Click on the "File name" field to get a cursor.
Type a file name.
We will type "visihtml".
Type in the file extension.
We will add a period or dot character and then type in either "htm" or "html". The full file name will read, "visihtml.html". As this is a basic tutorial, we are going to go ahead and leave it as "html" to make it easy to remember what this is.
In our demonstration, this will be saved to the desktop, as indicated near the top of the window.
Close the window by clicking the "x" in the top right-hand corner of Notepad.
Double-click the file from the desktop.
Decide how to open the file.
We will be asked, "How do you want to open this type of file (.html)?". Let's choose Firefox for this tutorial, as it's one of the more picky browsers about code being formatted properly. Click the browser of choice.
View the web page.
The page we created is an actual web page that we just launched in the Firefox browser. Ours says, "VisiHow is Awesome!". Close the Firefox window when ready using the red "x" in the top right-hand corner.
View the file icon.
In our demonstration, it now has a Firefox icon, indicating that it is a web page.
This concludes our tutorial on creating your first, and most basic, web page in Windows 8 with Notepad.
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Video: Create a Basic HTML Page with Notepad in Windows 8
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Recent edits by: Amanda, Grimm