Where is Notepad in Windows 10?

In this post, we’ll see where Notepad in Windows 10 is.

With that, we’ll also view the steps to reset, reinstall, uninstall, and many more. Let’s start.

Where is Notepad in Windows 10?

You can open the Notepad in four diverse ways. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Open Start menu. Type notepad and then hit the Notepad app in the search results.

Method #2

Click on the Start button. Click the “Windows Accessories” folder. Hit on “Notepad,” which is above “Paint.”

Method #3

Use notepad command in any of the following programs to start Notepad.

  • Task Manager (In it, click File > Run new task to use the command)

Method #4

Go to C: > Windows > System32 folder. This is where the Notepad executable file exists.

Double-click the “notepad” file.

Note: You can also find Notepad executable file in C: > Windows.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Notepad?

Notepad is a text editor program. It’s basic, and it lacks what many other text editor programs have.

For instance, you can’t make a selective text bold in Notepad. But it’s a popular text editor, and easy to use.


How to Reinstall or Uninstall Notepad in Windows 10?

Let’s see how to reinstall Notepad:

Right-click on the “Start” button. Hit the “Apps and Features” option.

Click on the “Optional features” link, which is in the “Apps & features” section.

Hit “Add a feature” at the top. Select “Notepad” and then hit the “Install” button.

Let’s see how to uninstall Notepad:

Right-click on the Start button. Hit the “Apps and Features” option.

Click on the “Optional features” link, which is in the “Apps & features” section.

Click on “Notepad.” You see the “Uninstall” button. Hit it.


How to Run Notepad as Administrator?

Let’s see how to open Notepad as an administrator in Windows 10.

Method #1

Click on the “Start” button or press Windows key.

Type notepad. Right-click on the Notepad app in the search results.

Hit “Run as administrator” option. In the UAC pop-up, hit “Yes.”

Method #2

Open Run.

Type notepad and press CTRL + Shift + Enter keys together.

Hit the “Yes” button on the UAC pop-up.

Method #3

Click on the Start button.

Hit Windows Accessories folder. Right-click on the “Notepad.”

Hover your mouse over “More.” Hit “Run as administrator” option.

In the UAC pop-up, hit “Yes.”

Method #4

Go to C: > Windows. Find the notepad file.

Right-click on it. Hit the “Run as administrator” option in the context menu.

Hit the “Yes” button on the UAC pop-up.


How to Reset Notepad in Windows 10?

Let’s see how to reset Notepad:

Open Registry Editor. Take a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Expand Hkey_Current_User > Software > Microsoft.

Find the “Notepad” key.

Right-click on it and then hit the “Delete” option.

Tap “Yes” in the confirmation pop-up.

That’s it. Open Notepad, and you see the change.


Do Windows 10 have Notepad or WordPad?

Windows 10 have both the Notepad and WordPad.


Which is Better Notepad or WordPad?

Both are good. But WordPad have many features that Notepad doesn’t have.


What is the Default Font in Windows 10 Notepad?

The default Notepad font is “Consolas.” The default style is “Regular.”

The default font size is “11,” and the default script is “Western.”


How to Change Notepad Default Font, Size, Style, and Script?

Start Notepad. Click Format > Font.

In the pop-up, you see the list of fonts under “Font.” Choose the one you prefer.

If you prefer, change the default font size, script, and style from here. Hit the “OK” button.

Note: Remember, you can’t change the font for selective text in the Notepad.


How to Delete a Notepad Document in Windows 10?

Open Start menu. Type the name of the file.

Right-click on the file name in the search results.

Hit the “Open file location” option and you see the file.

Right-click on it and then hit the “Delete” option.


How to Enable Status Bar and Word Wrap?

Status Bar is by default enabled on Notepad and Word Wrap isn’t.

The latter is enabled for showing the file contents within the window size. In other words, you need not scroll horizontally to view the file contents.

Not only that, but it’ll also bring the cursor to the new line as you reach the end of the current line while typing.

With that said, let’s see the steps to enable them.

Launch Notepad. Hit the “View” at the top.

You see the “Status Bar” option. Hit it to enable or disable the Status Bar.

Hit the “Format” at the top. You see the “Word Wrap” option. Click on it to enable or disable Word Wrap.


How to Create a Notepad Shortcut?

Here, we’ll see the steps to create a Notepad shortcut in the Windows 10 desktop or File Explorer.

Right-click on the File Explorer or desktop’s blank area. Hover your mouse over “New.”

Hit “Shortcut,” which is under “Folder.”

In the “Create Shortcut” pop-up, type notepad. Hit the “Next” button.

Provide the name for the shortcut if you don’t like the suggested one. Click on the “Finish” button.

That’s it. You see the shortcut on the desktop.

To create a shortcut that launches Notepad as an administrator:

Create a shortcut of Notepad using the above steps.

Right-click on it. Hit “Properties.” Click the “Advanced” button.

In the pop-up, select the “Run as administrator” option. Hit the “OK” button. Hit the “OK” button.

That’s it. From now on, when you open the shortcut, it’ll show you UAC pop-up. Hit “Yes” in that, and you see the Notepad opened as administrator.


How to Assign a Shortcut Key for Notepad Shortcut in Windows 10?

Right-click on the Notepad shortcut. Hit “Properties.” In the “Shortcut” tab, you see the “Shortcut key” field.

In that field, provide the key which you want to use to launch Notepad. I’m providing ,.

Hit the “OK” button.

That’s all. From now on, whenever I press CTRL + Alt + , keys, Notepad will be launched.

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


Notepad Shortcut Keys

Let’s see Notepad shortcut keys and their actions:

  • 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 a new Notepad window.
  • CTRL + O – To open a document.
  • CTRL + S – To save a document.
  • Shift + CTRL + S – To save the document as a new document.
  • CTRL + P – To print.
  • CTRL + + – Zoom in.
  • CTRL + – – Zoom out.
  • CTRL + 0 – Restore default zoom.
  • Delete – To delete a letter on the right side of the cursor.
  • CTRL + Delete – Deletes a word on the right side of the cursor.
  • CTRL + X – Cut the selected text.
  • CTRL + C – To copy the selected text.
  • CTRL + V – To paste.
  • CTRL + Z – Undo.
  • F5 – Include the current date and time into 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 left side, then you see the Bing search results for it.
  • CTRL + F – Opens “Find” pop-up.
  • CTRL + H – Opens “Replace” pop-up.
  • CTRL + G – Open “Go To Line” pop-up.
  • F3 – To find next.
  • Shift + F3 – To find previous.
  • CTRL + Home – Brings the cursor to the top of the document.
  • CTRL + End – Bring the cursor to the end of the document.

How to Add Notepad to Send To Menu?

Copy the shortcut of Notepad.

Launch Run. In it, type shell:sendto and then hit “Enter” key.

Paste the Notepad shortcut into the “SendTo” folder.


How to Add Notepad to Start Menu or Taskbar?

Open Start menu. Type notepad. In the search results, you see the Notepad app.

Right-click on it and you see four options:

  • Run as administrator
  • Open file location (opens the Windows Accessories folder which contains the Notepad shortcut)
  • Pin to Start
  • Pin to taskbar

Hit “Pin to Start” if you want to pin Notepad as a tile in the Start menu. Hit “Pin to taskbar” if you want to add Notepad to the taskbar.


How to Add Notepad to Right-click Menu?

Here, we’ll see how to add Notepad or Notepad as administrator to the right-click menu.

Add Notepad to Right-click Menu

Open Registry Editor. Take 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.

Provide the key name as you prefer (here, I’m giving it as Notepad). Press “Enter” key.

Right-click on the key you’ve created and then select New > Key. Provide the name of the key as command and then hit the “Enter” button.

In the right pane, double-click the “Default.” In the “Value data” field, provide Notepad %1 and then hit the “OK” button.

That’s it. From now on, right-click on the file you want to open in Notepad. Hit the “Notepad” option in the context menu. The file opens in Notepad.

Note: Do you want to remove Notepad from the context menu? Delete the first key you’ve created (in my case, it is Notepad).

Add Notepad as Administrator to Right-click Menu

Open Registry Editor. Take a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

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

Double-click the “Default” in the right pane. Provide 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. Provide the key name as command.

Double-click the “Default” in the right pane. Provide notepad %1 in the “Value data” field. Hit the “OK” button.

That’s all. From now on, right-click on the file you wish to open. You see the option (in our instance: Notepad Admin) in the context menu.

If you hit that option, you see a UAC pop-up. Hit the “Yes” button. The file opens in the Notepad which got launched as administrator.

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