Before planning on authoring an executable file, you must first learn C++ programming skills. Once you are well versed with programming, you will be able to create executable programs on a text editor. Here are the steps on how to make an EXE file using Notepad.
1. Launch Notepad.
There are two ways for you to accomplish this task.
(a) Run Command
Pull up the Start Menu by pressing the “Windows” key on your keyboard or hitting the “Start” button using your mouse. Hit “Run” and on the text field provided, type “notepad”. Press the “Enter” key or hit “OK”.
(b) Start Menu via “Programs”
Hit the “Start” button or press the “Windows” key on your keyboard to populate the Start Menu. If you are using the Classic Start Menu, hover your mouse on “Programs” and if using the standard Start Menu, hover your mouse on “All Programs”. Then hit “Accessories” to populate the submenu. Locate “Notepad” and right click on it.
2. Familiarize yourself with keyboard combinations that would help you when you’re ready to write the C++ programming language that make up your executable file.
Press “Alt” on your keyboard and then simultaneously key in the combinations. One combination is composed of three digits that range from numbers 000 to 999. After each combination, release your hold on the “Alt” key. You may also want to take note of the symbols each combination generates. Bear in mind that each combination will produce a different symbol.
3. Begin writing your executable file.
Using the C++ programming language, author the EXE file using the combinations you took note of in the second step. As a reminder, remember to release your hold on the “Alt” key every three digits that you enter.
4. Save the programming you’ve done so far.
To prevent unnecessary loss of data and time spent writing the program, save your work every few minutes as a text file until you’re done with programming. Pull up the “Save As” dialogue box to save your work. The following are ways for you to pull it up.
(a) Using a shortcut key.
On your keyboard, press “CTRL” and “S” simultaneously to pull up the “Save As” pane.
(b) Using Notepad’s Menu bar.
Using your mouse, hit “File” on the Menu bar and then select “Save As”.
When “Save As” box populates, input the file name next to the corresponding text field and ensure that “Save as type” is “Text Documents (*.txt)”. Repeat saving the document as you go along programming by pressing “CTRL” and “S”.
5. When you’re done writing the C++ programming language that make up your EXE file, save it as an “executable” file.
Hit “File” on the Menu bar and then select “Save As”. Input a file name next to its corresponding field then add “.exe” after it. On the drop down menu next to “Save as type”, change “Text Documents (*.txt)” to “All Files” and press the “Save” button.
Your executable file is now created. Remember that when you make executable files on your own, that there is a great possibility of it harming your system so be very careful when doing programming.