Where is WordPad on Windows 10?

In this post, we’ll see where WordPad on Windows 10 is.

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

Where is WordPad on Windows 10?

Pick any of the below ways to access WordPad in Windows 10.

Method #1

Use the command write in any of the following programs to open WordPad.

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

Or use the command start write in the Windows PowerShell.

Method #2

Open Start menu.

Type wordpad.

Click the WordPad app on the search results.

Method #3

Click on the “Start” button.

Click the “Windows Accessories” folder.

Hit “WordPad.”

Method #4

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

Find and double-click the “write” file.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is WordPad?

WordPad is an RTF (Rich Text Format) editor program.

It’s not basic like Notepad and not advanced like MS Word.


How to Reinstall or Uninstall WordPad on Windows 10?

Let’s see how to reinstall WordPad:

Right-click on the “Start” button.

Hit Apps and Features > Optional features.

Click on “Add a feature.” Select “WordPad” and then hit the “Install” button.

Let’s see how to uninstall WordPad:

Right-click on the “Start” button.

Hit Apps and Features > Optional features.

Hit “WordPad.” Click on the “Uninstall” button.


How to Reset WordPad on Windows 10?

Let’s see how to reset WordPad to default:

Open Registry Editor. Take a backup of Registry.

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

Right-click on the “Options” key.

Hit the “Delete” option. In the confirmation pop-up, click on the “Yes” button.


How to Change WordPad Font on Windows 10?

The WordPad default font “Calibri” is unchangeable.

But you can change a WordPad document font, and here’s how:

Open the document.

Select the text for which you want to change the font.

Choose the font you prefer from the “Font” drop-down list at the top.


How to Delete a WordPad Document on Windows 10?

Let’s see how to remove a WordPad document:

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. You see the file.

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


How to Delete Recent Documents List on WordPad?

If you click on the “File” at the top, you see the “Recent documents” list.

It’s nothing but a list of documents in which you worked recently. If you hit a file name on the list, then that file opens in WordPad.

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

Launch Registry Editor. Take a backup of Registry before continuing.

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

To Remove Single Entry

Hit the “Recent File List” key. In the right pane, you see the entries.

Look into the “Data” column to find the file name, which you don’t want to be in the “Recent documents” list.

Right-click on that entry and then hit the “Delete” option. Hit “Yes” in the confirmation pop-up.

To Remove All Entries

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

Hit the “Delete” option. Click on the “Yes” button.


How to Create a WordPad Shortcut?

Follow the underneath steps to create a WordPad shortcut in the Windows 10 desktop or File Explorer.

Right-click on desktop or File Explorer blank area.

Hover your mouse over “New” in the context menu. Hit “Shortcut.”

Type write in the “Create Shortcut” pop-up. Click the “Next” button.

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


How to Add WordPad to Context Menu on Windows 10?

Let’s see how to add WordPad to context menu on 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 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 WordPad). Hit the “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 the path you’ve copied earlier, hit the Space bar key, and then enter %1. Hit the “OK” button.

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

Note: Want to remove WordPad from the context menu? Delete the first key you’ve created.


I hope that this post shows you where is WordPad on Windows 10. I also hope that the other topics in this guide are useful to you.