How to Install or Open Notepad in Windows 11 (and More)

In this post, you’ll see:

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

Where to Find Notepad in Windows 11

Method #1

Here are the steps to open Notepad in Windows 11:

  1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Windows key or hitting the Start button in the taskbar.
  2. Type notepad.
  3. Click the Notepad app in the search results.

That’s all.

Method #2

Click the “Start” button. Beneath the search box, you can see the “All apps” button. Hit it. In the N section, select “Notepad.”

Method #3

Press Windows + R to open the Run Command. Type notepad and press the Enter key.

You can also use the above command in one of the following programs to launch the Windows 11 Notepad application.

  • Task Manager (Click File > Run new task to use this command)

Method #4

This method only applies to you if you haven’t installed Notepad from Microsoft Store.

In C: > Windows > System32, you’ll find the notepad executable file. Double-click it.

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


How to Open Notepad as an Administrator

Here, you’ll learn how to run Notepad as an administrator and how to create a shortcut that lets you launch Notepad as an administrator. Let’s start with the former.

Method #1

Here are the steps to open Notepad as an administrator:

  1. Hit the Start button or Windows key.
  2. Type notepad.
  3. Right-click the “Notepad” app in search results.
  4. Click “Run as administrator.”
  5. In the UAC popup, hit “Yes.”

Method #2

Enter “notepad” (without double quotes) in Run and press CTRL + Shift + Enter. Click the “Yes” button in the UAC popup.

Method #3

Click the “Start” button. Hit the “All apps” button. Right-click “Notepad” in the N section. Move mouse over “More.” Click “Run as administrator.” In the UAC popup, hit “Yes.”

Method #4

This method only applies to you if you haven’t installed Notepad from Microsoft Store.

Go to C: > Windows. Right-click the “Notepad” file. Click “Run as administrator” in the context menu. Click the “Yes” button in the UAC popup.

To create the shortcut that launches Notepad as an administrator, follow these steps:

  1. Create a Notepad shortcut.
  2. Right-click it and click “Properties.”
  3. Click the “Advanced” button.
  4. In the popup, select “Run as administrator.”
  5. Hit the “OK” button.
  6. Hit the “OK” button.

From now on, when you open the Notepad shortcut, you’ll see a UAC popup. Click “Yes,” and Notepad will open as administrator.


How to Install Windows Notepad in Windows 11

You can install the Windows Notepad app from the Microsoft Store.

Alternatively, you can install Notepad by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I. Click “Apps” on the left sidebar.
  2. Hit “Optional features” on the right.
  3. Click the “View features” button on the top right.
  4. Select “Notepad (system)” and click the “Next” button.
  5. Hit the Install button.

That’s all.


How to Uninstall Windows 11 Notepad App Completely

If you’ve installed Notepad from the Microsoft Store, you can uninstall it like you usually uninstall the app from Windows 11.

Otherwise, follow these steps to uninstall Notepad:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.
  2. Hit “Apps” on the left sidebar.
  3. Click “Optional features” on the right.
  4. Hit “Notepad (system).”
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

How to Delete Notepad Document from Windows 11

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Enter the name of the Notepad file.
  3. Click on the location of the file in the search results. You can find the file now.
  4. Select it and hit the “Trash can” icon on the top.

Notepad Frequently Asked Questions

Here, you’ll see the frequently asked questions about Notepad and their answers. Let’s start.

  1. What’s the Notepad application? Would you please check this guide where I’ve talked about it?
  1. Is Notepad software? Yes.
  1. Is Microsoft Notepad app free? Yes, it is.
  1. Is Notepad part of Microsoft Office? No.
  1. Is Microsoft Notepad safe? Yes, it is.
  1. Is Notepad a word processor? No, it is a text editor.
  1. How to change font color in Notepad? You can’t since there is no option to do that.
  1. How to write bold in Notepad? You can’t do that in Notepad.
  1. How to italic or underline text in Notepad? You can’t.
  1. How to undo in Notepad? Press Ctrl + Z to do this tssk.
  1. How to select all in Notepad? Press Ctrl + A to do this task.
  1. How to align text in Notepad? There is no option to do this task.
  1. Is it possible to insert a picture into Notepad? No, you can’t insert an image into the Notepad.
  1. Is it possible to center the text in Notepad? No, there is no such option.
  1. Is there a Help menu in Notepad? Yes, you can see it at the top of the Notepad.
  1. How do I open Notepad files?

Double-click the Notepad files to open it. If you’ve enabled single click, then single click to open it.

Alternatively, you can do this from Notepad. Here’s how:

Launch Notepad. Press Ctrl + O or hit the File menu at the top and then click Open. Now go to the location where the file exists. Please select it and then hit the Open button.

  1. How to always open Notepad in a maximized state?

Right-click on the Notepad shortcut. Hit Properties. Navigate to the Shortcut tab. Then open the drop-down list next to Run. You’ll see these options:

  • Normal window – This opens the Notepad in size before closing it.
  • Minimized – Opens Notepad in a minimized state.
  • Maximized – Opens Notepad in a maximized state.

Choose the latter option. Click the OK button.


See: How to Launch Notepad++ in Windows 11

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