HTML Editors

Write HTML Using Notepad or TextEdit

HTML can be edited by using professional HTML editors like:

  • Microsoft WebMatrix
  • Sublime Text

However, for learning HTML we recommend a text editor like Notepad (PC) or TextEdit (Mac).

We believe using a simple text editor is a good way to learn HTML.

Follow the 4 steps below to create your first web page with Notepad.

Step 1: Open Notepad (PC)

Open Notepad in Windows 8 or later:

Open the Start Screen (the window symbol at the bottom left on your screen). Type Notepad.

Open Notepad in Windows 7 or earlier:

Click Start (bottom left on your screen). Click All Programs. Click Accessories. Click Notepad.

Step 1: Open TextEdit (Mac)

 Open TextEdit.

Please be sure that the text editor is set to plain text. Go to: Preferences > New Document > select plain text.

Also make sure both "Display html file as html code" and "Display RTF file as RTF code" options are checked under "Open and Save".

Then open a new document to place the code.

Step 2: Write Some HTML

Write or copy some HTML into Notepad.

<!DOCTYPE html>

<h1>My First Heading</h1>

<p>My first paragraph.</p>



Step 3: Save the HTML Page

Save the file on your computer.

Select File > Save as in the Notepad menu.

Name the file "index.html" or any other name ending with html or htm.

UTF-8 is the preferred encoding for HTML files.

ANSI encoding covers US and Western European characters only.

View in Browser

Note You can use either .htm or .html as file extension. There is no difference, it is up to you.

Step 4: View HTML Page in Your Browser

Open the saved HTML file in your favorite browser. The result will look much like this:

View in Browser

Note To open a file in a browser, double click on the file, or right-click, and choose open with.