What is npad?

Dear all,
I find the statement
"npad 5"
in the asm geberate by MSVC listing.
What does it mean?

Thank you.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
My assembly isn't that strong, so maybe this can make some sense to you (It's from a newsgroup posting - it's a question, but the asker seems to imply a usage of NPAD):

How can I get masm to insert nops to ensure the next instruction is aligned
on a paragraph boundary?

According to Intel it is a good idea for jump destinations to be aligned
like this

I am writing 32 bit assembler.

The align directive won't let me do anything except align 4.
if won't accept $ in the expression
org only allows $+const

At the moment the only way I can find to do this is by linking the program
to get  a map file and then using npad to insert nops to move the addresses
up a few bytes.

Surely there has to be a better way?

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