Hi monreale...thanks for asking for me!
Both experimentation and research proved to me that there is,
as I thought, no way to change the default font in Wordpad.
There is, however, a workaround I developed in playing with it.
- Open Wordpad and select the font and size of your choice.
- Next, hit the carriage return one time.
- Save the file with some name like default.rtf on your desktop.
- Click on that file to open Wordpad to your chosen font.
If that opens the document in Word, you need to play some more.
Now, if your system is like mine, .rtf files may be associated
by default with MS Word, rather than Wordpad. You can either
go into File Associations under Windows Explorer -> Tools ->
Folder Options -> Filetypes, and change the association for
.rtf files to Wordpad, OR, you can right-click on the shortcut
and select Open With, and select Wordpad (without checking Always
Use This Program, if you still want the default association to
be with MS Word). The first time you do this, you'll probably
see a list of programs with icons. The next time you right-click
the shortcut, the Open With dialog should provide you with a
list which now includes MS Word and Wordpad, as well as the
option to choose yet a different program. OR, if you're happy
having .rtf files always open with Wordpad, DO check the box
that says Always Use This Program. Then, instead of right-
clicking and using the menu, you can just left-click it.
I use Windows 2000, but the systems are essentially the same,
so these instructions should work with your system. If the
process isn't similar enough, just let me know, and we'll
work it out.