How to Use Notepad to Create a Dated Log or Journal File

By Lori Kaufman on June 14th, 2016

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Notepad has been the standard text editor included in Windows for many years, allowing you to create and edit plain text files. But, did you know you can also use Notepad to keep a dated log or journal? It’s very easy and we’ll show you how.

Open Notepad and type .LOG in all caps on the first line of the new text file.

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Select “Save As” from the “File” menu.

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Navigate to the folder in which you want to save your log or journal file. Enter a name for the file in the “File name” box and click “Save”. You can give the file any name you want.

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The time and date are not added to the file until you close and reopen the file, so click on the “X” button in the upper-right corner of the Notepad window to close it.

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Reopen the text file you saved. The time and date are entered automatically, and the cursor is placed on the next line ready for you to start typing your log or journal entry. Save the file when you’re done and close Notepad.

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The next time you open the file again, the time and date are added to the end of the file. Your file will start looking like the image at the beginning of this article. You can move or rename the file and the date and time will still be inserted every time you open the file.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 06/14/16
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