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

In this post, you’ll see:

Let’s get started.

Where to Find Notepad in Windows 11

Method #1

To open Notepad, follow these steps:

Open the Start menu. Enter notepad and click the Notepad app in the search results.

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 then press the Enter key.

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

  • Command Prompt
  • Windows PowerShell

Method #4

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

In C: > Windows > System32, you will find a notepad executable file. Double-click the file.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Notepad?

Please check this guide where I’ve talked about it in detail.

How to always open Notepad in a maximized state?

Right-click on the Notepad shortcut.

Hit Properties. Navigate to the Shortcut tab.

Open the drop-down list next to Run. You will 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.

Is it possible to insert a picture into Notepad?

No, you cannot insert a picture into Notepad.

Is it possible to center the text in Notepad?

No, there is no such option.

Is there a Help menu in Notepad?

Yes, you can see it at the top of Notepad.

Is Microsoft Notepad free?

Yes, it is.

How to Run Notepad as an Administrator

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

Method #1

Hit the Start button or Windows key.

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

Click on “Run as administrator.” In the UAC pop-up, press “Yes.”

Method #2

Enter notepad in Run and press CTRL + Shift + Enter.

Click the “Yes” button in the UAC pop-up.

Method #3

Click the “Start” button. Hit the All Apps button.

Right-click on the “Notepad” in the N section.

Move the mouse over “More.”

Click on “Run as administrator.” In the UAC pop-up, press “Yes.”

Method #4

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

Go to C: > Windows.

Right-click on the “Notepad” file.

Click “Run as administrator” in the context menu.

Click the “Yes” button in the UAC pop-up.

To Create a Shortcut that Launches Notepad as an Administrator

Create a Notepad shortcut.

Right-click on it and click on “Properties.”

Click the “Advanced” button.

In the pop-up, select “Run as administrator.”

Press the “OK” button.

Press the “OK” button.

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

How to Install Notepad in Windows 11

You can install the Notepad app from the Microsoft Store.

Alternatively, you can install it by following these steps:

Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.

Click on the “Apps” on the left sidebar.

Hit on the Optional features on the right.

Click the “View features” button on the top right.

Select “Notepad (system)” and then click the “Next” button.

Hit the Install button.

That’s all.

How to Uninstall Notepad Completely from Windows 11

If you have installed Notepad from Microsoft Store, then you can uninstall it like you normally uninstall an app from Windows 11.

Otherwise, follow these steps:

Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.

Hit on the “Apps” on the left sidebar.

Click on the Optional features on the right.

Hit on “Notepad (system).”

Click the Uninstall button.

How to Delete a Notepad Document from Windows 11

Open the Start menu.

Enter the name of the Notepad file.

Click on the location of the file in the search results.

You will find the file now. Select it and then hit the “Trash can” icon at the top.