In this post, you’ll see how to add Notepad to your desktop, File Explorer, Start menu, Send to menu, taskbar, and right-click menu.
You’ll also see the shortcut keys for Notepad. Here, I’m using a Windows 11 PC. Let’s get started.
|F10 or left Alt||Displays or hides keytips.|
|CTRL + A||Select everything in the document.|
|CTRL + N||Create a new document in the same Notepad window.|
|Shift + CTRL + N||Create a new document in the new Notepad window.|
|CTRL + O||To open a document.|
|CTRL + S||Save the document.|
|Shift + CTRL + S||Save the document as a new document.|
|CTRL + P||To print.|
|CTRL + +||Zoom in.|
|CTRL + –||Zoom out.|
|CTRL + 0||Restore default zoom.|
|Delete||Delete the letter on the right side of the cursor.|
|CTRL + Delete||Delete the word on the right side of the cursor.|
|CTRL + X||Cut the selected text.|
|CTRL + C||Copy the selected text.|
|CTRL + V||Paste.|
|CTRL + Z||Undo.|
|F5||Include the current date and time in the document.|
|CTRL + E||Open “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 + F||Open the “Find” pop-up.|
|CTRL + H||Open the “Replace” pop-up.|
|CTRL + G||Open the “Go To Line” pop-up.|
|F3||Find the next.|
|Shift + F3||Find the previous.|
|CTRL + Home||Bring the cursor to the top of the document.|
|CTRL + End||Bring the cursor to the end of the document.|
How to Create Windows 11 Notepad Shortcut
Check out how to add a Notepad shortcut to your Windows 10 desktop or File Explorer.
Right-click on the blank area of the File Explorer or desktop.
Move the mouse over “New.” Click “Shortcut” under “Folder.”
When the pop-up box appears, type notepad and select Next.
Enter the shortcut name if you dislike the one suggested.
Click the “Finish” button.
If you want to assign a shortcut key to a Notepad shortcut, follow these steps:
Right-click on the Notepad shortcut. Click on “Properties.” You will find the “Shortcut key” field under the Shortcut tab.
In this field, specify the key you wish to use to start Notepad. I’m providing ,.
Press the “OK” button.
That’s it. From now on, every time I press CTRL + Alt + , keys, it will start Notepad.
Note: You can apply the above steps to the shortcut, which opens Notepad as an administrator.
How Do I Add Notepad to the Start Menu, Send to Menu, Context Menu, or Taskbar?
To Add Notepad to the taskbar or Start menu:
You will see the Notepad app in the search results when you type notepad on the Start menu.
When you right-click on it, you will find these options:
- Run as administrator
- Pin to Start
- Pin to taskbar
- App settings
- Rate and review
Click “Pin to Start” if you wish to add Notepad to the Start menu. Click “Pin to taskbar” if you wish to add Notepad to the taskbar.
To Add Notepad to the “Send to” menu:
Copy the Notepad shortcut.
Open Run and type shell:sendto. Press the Enter key.
Paste the shortcut in the “SendTo” folder.
To Add Notepad to the Right-Click Menu:
Open the Registry Editor. Here’s how you can do this: Open Run by pressing Windows + R. Type regedit and then 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 have created, and then select New > Key. Enter the name of the key as command 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 key name as command. 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. 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 will 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 have added from the context menu? Delete the runas key.