How to Change Default Font in Notepad and Notepad++ (and More)

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

How to Change Default Font in Notepad and Notepad++

First, let’s see Notepad, and then Notepad++.

How to Change Windows 11 Notepad Default Font, Size, Style, and Script

The default font in Windows Notepad is “Consolas.” The default style is “Regular,” the default font size is “11,” and the default script is “Western.”

Here’s how to change them:

Open Microsoft Notepad. To do this: Press Windows + R, type notepad, and hit Enter key. Click on “Format” and then hit “Font.”

In the popup window, you’ll find a list of fonts under “Font.” Choose the one you prefer. From here, you can also change the default font size, script, and style. Click the “OK” button.

That’s it.

Note: You can’t make the text bold, italic, and underline in Notepad.

How to Change Default Notepad++ Font and its Size

The following are the steps to change the default font and font size in Notepad++:

Open Notepad++ and hit Settings at the top. Hit Style Configurator. Make sure you select Global Styles in Language in the popup and Global override in “Style.”

Choose the font you prefer from the drop-down list beside the Font name in the Font Style section. If you want the font bold, italic, or underlined, select the appropriate options.

Choose the font size you prefer from the drop-down list beside Font size. Choose Enable global font if you’ve changed the font and Enable global font size if you’ve changed the font size.

You need to select the appropriate options for bold, italic, and underline:

  • Enable global bold font style
  • Enable global italic font style
  • Enable global underline font style

Hit Save & Close button, and that’s all.


How to Reset Notepad in Windows 11

Below you’ll find the steps for resetting Notepad in Windows 11. Note that the following steps will reset all settings such as font, window size, and position.

Here are the steps to reset Notepad:

Open the Registry Editor. To do this: Press Windows + R, type regedit, and hit Enter key. Hit Yes in the popup window. I suggest you make a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Extend HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft. Find the “Notepad” key. Right-click on it and select “Delete.” Tap “Yes” in the confirmation popup.

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


How to Enable Notepad and Notepad++ Word-Wrap and Status Bar

Notepad and Notepad++ have the status bar enabled by default, but word-wrap isn’t.

The latter displays file content within the window width, so you don’t have to scroll horizontally to view the contents. Additionally, it places the cursor on the new line when you reach the end of a line as you type.

Let’s look at how to enable or disable them in the Windows 11 Notepad app first.

Enter “notepad” (without double quotes) in the “Run Box” and press the Enter key. You can see Notepad.

For the Notepad status bar, follow these steps: click on “View” at the top, and you’ll find the “Status Bar” option. Click on it to display or hide the status bar.

For Notepad word-wrap, follow these steps: click “Format” at the top, and you’ll find the “Word Wrap” option. To enable or disable word-wrap, click on it.

To enable word-wrap in Notepad++, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Notepad++ and hit View at the top.
  2. Click on the “Word wrap” option.
  3. Keep in mind that a tick next to this option means it’s turned on.

That’s all. To disable word-wrap, follow the steps above.

Here’s another way to disable or enable word-wrap: Click on the “Word wrap” icon, which you’ll find under the Plugins menu at the top. Keep in mind that the “Blue” color over the icon means it’s enabled.

To create a shortcut for the word-wrap, follow these steps:

Hit Settings at the top of the Notepad++ and click on Shortcut Mapper. Using the Filter at the bottom, you can quickly find the “Word wrap” in the Name column.

The Shortcut column is blank for “Word wrap.” Double-click the “Word wrap.” Click OK after setting the shortcut in the popup window.

That’s it. From now on, you can use the shortcut to enable or disable word-wrap in Notepad++.

To hide the status bar in the Notepad++, follow these steps:

  1. Open Notepad++. Hit Settings at the top and select Preferences.
  2. Make sure you’re in the General section by looking at the left side of the popup.
  3. Find the Show status bar option.
  4. Uncheck it, hit the Close button, and that’s it.

If you like to revert, check it and hit the Close button.


How to Enable Always on Top in Notepad++

Note: Notepad doesn’t have “always on top” functionality.

Always on top lets a window stay on top of other open windows. And this functionality in Notepad++ is disabled by default. Here’s how to enable it:

  1. Launch Notepad++.
  2. Hit View at the top.
  3. Click on the “Always on Top” option; a tick beside this option indicates it’s enabled.

That’s all.

To disable “always on top,” you need to follow the steps above. The critical thing to remember is that each time you exit Notepad++, this feature will be disabled, so you need to turn it on each time you want it.

To create a shortcut for the always on top, follow these steps:

Hit Settings at the top of the Notepad++ and click on Shortcut Mapper. Using the Filter at the bottom, you can quickly locate “Always on Top” in the Name column.

You can see that the Shortcut column is blank for Always on Top. Double-click the “Always on Top.” In the popup, set the shortcut and then hit the OK button.

That’s all. From now on, you can use the shortcut you set to enable or disable the always on top functionality.


How to Zoom In and Out in Notepad and Notepad++

Let’s see Notepad first, then Notepad++.

Open Notepad and hit the View at the top. Hover your mouse over Zoom, and you can see these options:

Zoom In, Zoom Out and Restore Default Zoom. Self-explanatory, right? Please select the one you prefer, and that’s it.

Here’s an alternate method to do the above tasks:

In the Notepad, press Ctrl and + to zoom in. For zoom out, you need to press Ctrl and -. To restore the default zoom, you need to press Ctrl + 0.

For Notepad++, follow these steps:

In Notepad++, press Ctrl and scroll your mouse wheel down for zoom out. To zoom in, you need to press Ctrl and scroll your mouse wheel up.

Alternatively, you can use the icons under the Tools menu to do these tasks. The icon on the left is for zoom in, and the one beside it is for zoom out.

Here are another couple of ways to do these tasks:

Method #1

Hit the View menu at the top and hover your mouse over Zoom. You can see these options:

Zoom In, Zoom Out and Restore Default Zoom. Self-explanatory, right? Please select the one you prefer, and that’s all.

Method #2

Press Ctrl and + on the numeric keypad to zoom in. To zoom out, you need to press Ctrl and – in the numeric keypad. To restore the default zoom, you need to press Ctrl and / on the numeric keypad.


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