To start out, there's a quick wizard that lets you name your piece, add composer name, choose instruments and then choose time signature and key.
Then you're ready to start writing! Adding notes is a snap. Just choose note or rest value and start using the mouse to enter in information. If your computer is MIDI enabled, you can hear your masterpiece.
Entering notes in a measure is relatively dummy proof. NotePad won't let you enter too many or too few notes in a given measure.
Granted, NotePad won't
make you abandon any other notation software like Sibelius (another great notation program) or the full version of Finale but for the beginning songwriter, it's more than
adequate to create quick songs for copyright or even small scores.