Notepad and WordPad Shortcut Keys and How to Add to Windows 11

In this post, you’ll see:

Here, I’m using a Windows 11 PC. Let’s start.

Notepad Keyboard Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
F10 or left AltDisplays or hides keytips.
Ctrl + ASelect everything in the document.
Ctrl + NCreate a new document in the same Notepad window.
Shift + Ctrl + NCreate a new document in the new Notepad window.
Ctrl + OTo open a document.
Ctrl + SSave the document.
Shift + Ctrl + SSave the document as a new document.
Ctrl + PTo print.
Ctrl + +Zoom in.
Ctrl + –Zoom out.
Ctrl + 0Restore default zoom.
DeleteDelete the letter on the right side of the cursor.
Ctrl + DeleteDelete the word on the right side of the cursor.
Ctrl + XCut the selected text.
Ctrl + CCopy the selected text.
Ctrl + VPaste.
Ctrl + ZUndo.
F5Include the current date and time in the document.
Ctrl + EOpen “Bing” if the cursor has no words on the left side of it. If there’s a word on the cursor’s left side, then you can see the Bing search results for it.
Ctrl + FOpen the “Find” pop-up.
Ctrl + HOpen the “Replace” pop-up.
Ctrl + GOpen the “Go To Line” pop-up.
F3Find the next.
Shift + F3Find the previous.
Ctrl + HomeBring the cursor to the top of the document.
Ctrl + EndBring the cursor to the end of the document.

How to Create Windows 11 Notepad Shortcut

Here are the steps to add a Notepad shortcut to your Windows 10 desktop or “File Explorer“:

  1. Right-click on the blank area of the “File Explorer” or desktop.
  2. Move the mouse over “New.”
  3. Click “Shortcut” under “Folder.”
  4. When the pop-up box appears, type notepad and select Next.
  5. Enter the shortcut name if you dislike the one suggested.
  6. Click the “Finish” button.

If you want to assign a shortcut key to a Notepad shortcut, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the Notepad shortcut.
  2. Click on “Properties.” You’ll find the “Shortcut key” field under the Shortcut tab.
  3. In this field, specify the key you wish to use to start Notepad. I’m providing ,.
  4. Click the “OK” button.

That’s it. From now on, every time I press Ctrl + Alt + , keys, it’ll start Notepad.

Note: You can apply the above steps to the shortcut, which opens Notepad as an administrator.


How to Add Notepad to Start Menu, Send to Menu, Context Menu, or Taskbar

To add Notepad to the taskbar or Start menu, follow these steps:

You’ll see the Notepad app in the search results when you type notepad on the Start menu. When you right-click on it, you’ll find these options:

  • Run as administrator
  • Pin to Start
  • Pin to taskbar
  • App settings
  • Rate and review
  • Share
  • Uninstall

Click “Pin to Start” if you wish to add Notepad to the Start menu. Click “Pin to taskbar” if you want to add Notepad to the taskbar.

To add Notepad to the “Send to” menu, follow these steps:

  1. Copy the Notepad shortcut.
  2. Open Run.
  3. Type shell:sendto and press the Enter key.
  4. Paste the shortcut in the “SendTo” folder.

To add Notepad to the right-click menu, follow these steps:

Open the Registry Editor. Here’s how you can do this: Open Run by pressing Windows + R. Type regedit and press the Enter key. Hit Yes in the pop-up. I suggest you make a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

In the left pane, expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > *. Right-click on the “shell” key and then select New > Key. Enter the desired key name. Here, I enter it as Notepad. Press the “Enter” key.

Right-click on the key you’ve created, and then select New > Key. Enter “command” (without double quotes) as the key name and then press “Enter.”

In the right pane, double-click “Default.” In the “Value data” field, enter notepad %1 and then click OK.

Now, right-click the file you want to open in Notepad. Hit Show more options. In the context menu, select “Notepad.” That’s it.

Note: If you want to remove Notepad from the context menu, delete the first key you created (in my case, it was Notepad).

To add Notepad as an administrator to the right-click menu, follow these steps:

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest you make a copy of the Registry before proceeding.

Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > *. Right-click on the “shell.” Select New > Key. Specify the key name as runas.

Double-click on “Default” in the right pane. Enter the name (in our instance: Notepad Admin) in the “Value data” field as you like. Remember that this is the one you see in the context menu. Hit the “OK” button.

Right-click on the runas and then select New > Key. Specify the “command” (without double quotes) as the name and double-click on “Default” in the right pane. Provide notepad %1 in the “Value data” field and press the “OK” button.

That’s it. From now on, right-click on the file you want to open and hit Show more options. You’ll see the option (in our instance: Notepad Admin) in the context menu.

As soon as you press this option, you’ll see a UAC pop-up. Press the “Yes” button. The file will open in Notepad that was started as an administrator.

Note: Do you want to remove the option you’ve added from the context menu? Delete the runas key.

See: How to Replace Notepad with Notepad++


How to Add a WordPad Shortcut

How Do I Add WordPad to Desktop or File Explorer?

Right-click on the blank area of the desktop or File Explorer. Move the mouse over “New” in the context menu. Click on “Shortcut.”

Type “write” (without double quotes) in the “Create Shortcut” pop-up window. Click on the “Next” button. If you don’t like the suggested shortcut name, type your own and click “Finish.”

How Do I Add WordPad to the Taskbar, Start Menu, or Context Menu?

How to add WordPad to the context menu in Windows 11:

Go to C: > Windows > System32. Right-click on the “Write” file. Click the “Copy as path” option in the context menu.

You can open the Registry Editor by pressing Windows + R, typing in regedit, and clicking the OK button. In the pop-up window, click Yes. I suggest that you back up the Registry before proceeding.

In the left pane, expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > *. Right-click on the “shell” key, and then select New > Key. Enter the key name you prefer (here, I specify it as WordPad). Press the “Enter” key.

Right-click on the key you’ve created, and then select New > Key. Enter “command” (without double quotes) as the key name and then press Enter key.

Double-click on “Default” in the right pane. Enter the path you’ve previously copied in the “Value data” field, press the Space key, and enter %1. Hit the “OK” button.

That’s it. Right-click on the file you want to open in WordPad. Hit “Show more options” and select “WordPad” from the context menu. That’s it.

Note: If you want WordPad removed from the context menu, delete the first key you created.

To add WordPad to the taskbar or Start menu, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type wordpad.
  3. Right-click on the WordPad app in the search results.
  4. You can pin WordPad to the taskbar by clicking the “Pin to taskbar” option.
  5. To pin WordPad to the Start menu, click Pin to Start.

WordPad Keyboard Shortcuts

KeyAction
Ctrl + YRedo.
Ctrl + LLeft align.
Ctrl + ECenter align.
Ctrl + RRight align.
Ctrl + JJustify.
Ctrl + ASelect all.
Ctrl + CCopy.
Ctrl + XCut.
Ctrl + BBold.
Ctrl + VPaste.
Ctrl + IItalic.
Ctrl + UUnderline.
Ctrl + ZUndo.
Ctrl + PTo print.
Ctrl + SSave.
Ctrl + DInsert an MS Paint drawing.
Ctrl + OOpen an existing document.
Ctrl + NCreate a new document.
F12Save the document as a new file.
Ctrl + DeleteDelete the next word.
Ctrl + HReplace.
F3Find the next instance of the term.
Ctrl + FFind.
Ctrl + 2Double line spacing.
Ctrl + 5Set line spacing to 1.5.
Ctrl + 1Single line spacing.
Ctrl + Shift + =Superscript.
Ctrl + =Subscript.
Alt + F4Close WordPad.
Ctrl + Down ArrowMove the cursor to the line below.
Ctrl + F1Minimize or expand the ribbon.
F1Help.
F10To hide or show keytips.
Ctrl + Up ArrowMove the cursor to the upper line.
Ctrl + EndEnd of the document.
Ctrl + HomeBeginning of the document.
Ctrl + Shift + AFor all caps.
Ctrl + Shift + LChange the bullet style.
Ctrl + Shift + >Increase the font size.
Ctrl + Shift + <To decrease the font size.
Shift + F10Show context menu.
Ctrl + Page DownGo to the page below.
Ctrl + Page UpGo to the above page.
Ctrl + Right ArrowMove the cursor to the next word on the right.
Ctrl + Left ArrowMove the cursor to the next word on the left.

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