How to Reinstall and Uninstall WordPad in Windows 10

What is WordPad?

WordPad is an RTF (Rich Text Format) editor program. It is not simple like Notepad and not advanced like Microsoft Word.

In this post you will see:

  • How to open WordPad in Windows 10
  • How to create a WordPad shortcut
  • How to add WordPad to the taskbar or context menu
  • How to reinstall WordPad in Windows 10
  • How to uninstall WordPad from Windows 10
  • How to delete recent documents in WordPad
  • How to delete a WordPad document
  • How to Reset WordPad

Let’s start.

How to launch WordPad in Windows 10

Method #1

Use the write command in one of the following programs to start Microsoft WordPad.

  • Task Manager (Hit File > Run new task option to use the command)

Or use the start write command in Windows PowerShell.

Method #2

Open the Start menu.

Enter wordpad.

Click on the WordPad app in the search results.

Method #3

Click the “Start” button.

Click on the folder “Windows Accessories.”

Press “WordPad.”

Read: How to change file extension in Windows 10

Method #4

Open the C: > Windows > System32 folder where the executable WordPad file is located.

Search and double-click on the “write” file.

How to create a WordPad shortcut

Right-click on the blank area of the desktop or File Explorer.

Move the mouse over “New” in the context menu.

Click on “Shortcut.”

Type write in the “Create Shortcut” pop-up window.

Click on the “Next” button.

Enter the shortcut name if you do not like the suggested one.

Click the “Finish” button.

Read: How to create a calculator shortcut

How to add WordPad to the taskbar or context menu in Windows 10

Here’s how to add WordPad to the context menu in Windows 10:

Go to C: > Windows > System32.

Right-click on the “Write” file while pressing the “Shift” key.

Click the “Copy as path” option in the context menu.

Open the Registry Editor. 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 key name you prefer (here, I specify it as WordPad). Press the “Enter” key.

Right-click on the key you created and then select New > Key.

Enter the name of the key as command and then press “Enter.”

Double-click on “Default” in the right pane.

In the “Value data” field, enter the path you have previously copied, press the Space key, and then enter %1. Hit the “OK” button.

That’s it. Right-click on the file you want to open on WordPad. In the context menu, press the option “WordPad.” The file opens on WordPad.

Note: Do you want to remove WordPad from the context menu? Delete the first key you created.

How to add WordPad to the taskbar

Open the Start menu.

Enter wordpad.

Right-click on the WordPad app in the search results.

Click on the option “Pin to taskbar.”

How to reinstall WordPad in Windows 10

Here’s how to reinstall WordPad:

Right-click on the “Start” button.

Click on “Apps and Features.”

Click on “Optional features.”

Click “Add a feature.”

Select “WordPad” and then click the Install button.

Read: How to reinstall Paint 3D

How to uninstall WordPad from Windows 10

Here is how to uninstall the WordPad:

Right-click on the “Start” button.

Click on “Apps and Features.”

Click on “Optional features.”

Press “WordPad.”

Click the Uninstall button.

Read: How to uninstall Paint

How to delete recent documents in WordPad

If you click on the File menu at the top of WordPad, you will find the list “Recent documents.”

It is nothing more than a list of documents in which you have recently worked. If you click on the filename in the list, the file will open in WordPad.

Let’s see how to remove the individual entry and all at once.

Start the Registry Editor. Make a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Extend HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Applets > Wordpad.

How to remove individual entries

Click on the “Recent File List” key. In the right pane, you will see the entries.

Look in the Data column to find the filename you do not want in the Recent documents list.

Right-click on this entry and then press the “Delete” option. Click “Yes” in the confirmation popup.

Remove all entries

Right-click on the “Recent File List” key.

Click on the option “Delete” and then on “Yes.”

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Delete a WordPad document in Windows 10

Here is how to remove a WordPad document:

Open the Start menu.

Enter the name of the file.

Right-click on the filename in the search results.

Click on the “Open file location” option to see the file.

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

Read: How to hide desktop icons in Windows 10

How to reset WordPad to default settings

Open the Registry Editor and create a backup of the Registry.

Extend HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Applets > Wordpad.

Right-click on the “Options” key.

Click “Delete.

Click the “Yes” button in the confirmation popup.