Create a New Web Page Using Notepad

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Place Your Files in a New Folder

Place Your Files in a New Folder
Place Your Files in a New Folder. Jennifer Kyrnin

Windows Notepad is a basic word processing program that you can use to write your web pages. Web pages are just text and you can use any word processing program to write your HTML. This tutorial walks you through the process.

The first thing to do when creating a new website in Notepad is to create a separate folder to store it. Typically, you store your web pages in ​a folder called HTML in the "My Documents" folder, but you can store them where you like.

  1. Open the My Documents window
  2. Click File > New > Folder
  3. Name the folder my_website

Important note: Name the web folders and files using all lowercase letters and without any spaces or punctuation. While Windows allows you to use spaces, many web hosting providers do not, and you'll save yourself some time and trouble if you name the files and folders properly from the beginning.

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Save the Page as HTML

Save Your Page as HTML
Save Your Page as HTML. Jennifer Kyrnin

The first thing you should do when writing a web page in Notepad is to save the page as HTML. This saves you time and trouble later.

As with the directory name, always use all lowercase letters and no spaces or special characters in the filename.



  1. In Notepad, click on File and then Save As.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you are saving your website files.
  3. Change the Save As Type drop-down menu to All Files (*.*).
  4. Name the file.This tutorial uses the name pets.htm.


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Start Writing the Web Page

Start Your Web Page
Start Your Web Page. Jennifer Kyrnin

The first thing you should type in your Notepad HTML document is the DOCTYPE. This tells the browsers what type of HTML to expect. This tutorial uses HTML5.

The doctype declaration isn't a tag. It tells the computer that an HTML5 document is arriving. It goes at the top of every HTML5 page and it takes this form:


Once you have the DOCTYPE, you can start your HTML. Type both the beginning

tag and the end tag and leave some space for your web page body contents. Your Notepad document should look like this:

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Create a Head for Your Web Page

Create a Head for Your Web Page
Create a Head for Your Web Page. Jennifer Kyrnin

The head of an HTML document is where basic information about your web page is stored—things like the page title and possibly meta tags for search engine optimization. To create a head section, add the

tags in your Notepad HTML text document between thetags.

As with the

tags, leave some space between them so you have room to add the head information.

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Add a Page Title in the Head Section

Add a Page Title
Add a Page Title. Jennifer Kyrnin

The title of your web page is the text that displays in the browser's window. It is also what is written in bookmarks and favorites when someone saves your site. Store the title text between the

tags usingtags. It won't appear on the web page itself, only at the top of the browser.

This example page is titled "McKinley, Shasta, and Other Pets."

McKinley, Shasta, and Other Pets

It doesn't matter how long your title is or if it spans multiple lines in your HTML, but shorter titles are easier to read, and some browsers cut off longer ones in the browser window.

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The Main Body of Your Web Page

The Main Body of Your Web Page
The Main Body of Your Web Page. Jennifer Kyrnin

The body of your web page is stored within the

tags. This is where you put the text, headlines, subheads, images and graphics, links and all other content. It can be as long as you like.

This same format can be followed to write your web page in Notepad.



Your title head goes hereEverything on the web page goes here

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Creating an Images Folder

Creating an Images Folder
Creating an Images Folder. Jennifer Kyrnin

Before you add content to the body of your HTML document,  you need to set up your directories so that you have a folder for images.

  1. Open the My Documents window.
  2. Change to the my_website folder.
  3. Click File > New > Folder.
  4. Name the folder images.

Store all your images for your website in the images folder so that you can find them later. This makes it easy to upload them when you need to.