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

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I’m using a Windows 11 computer here. Let’s get started.

Where to Find WordPad in Windows 11

Method #1

Open WordPad by clicking on the Start menu, typing wordpad, and then clicking on the WordPad application in the search results.

Note: To open WordPad as an administrator, right-click on the WordPad app in the search results and select Run as administrator. Then, click Yes on the pop-up.

Method #2

To open Microsoft WordPad, use the write command in one of the following programs.

  • Run Command
  • Command Prompt
  • The address bar in File Explorer
  • Task Manager (Hit File > Run new task option to use the command)

Or use the start write command in Windows PowerShell.

Method #3

Click the “Start” button. Hit the All apps button beneath the search box.

Click on “Windows Tools.” Double-click “WordPad.”

Method #4

This is the Windows 11 WordPad location: C: > Windows > System32. Go there, locate and double-click the file “write.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What is WordPad?

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

Which option is used to close WordPad?

If you want to close WordPad, click File at the top and then Exit. You can also close the app by pressing Alt + F4.

Is Microsoft WordPad free?

Yes, it is.

How to Install WordPad in Windows 11

Here’s how to install WordPad:

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 “WordPad” and then click the “Next” button.

Hit the Install button.

That’s all.

You may also install WordPad this way:

Open the Run Command by pressing Windows + R.

Enter cmd, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. In the pop-up, click Yes to see the elevated Command Prompt.

Type the following command and then press the Enter key. 

Here’s the command: DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:Microsoft.Windows.WordPad~~~~0.0.1.0

How to Uninstall WordPad in Windows 11

Here’s how to uninstall the WordPad:

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 “WordPad.”

Click the Uninstall button.

Here’s another method to uninstall WordPad:

Press Windows + R. Type cmd in the Run Command box, and then press Shift + Ctrl + Enter. Click Yes on the pop-up.

You can now see the elevated Command Prompt.

Enter the following command into it, then press Enter.

Here’s the command: DISM /Online /Remove-Capability /CapabilityName:Microsoft.Windows.WordPad~~~~0.0.1.0

How to Reset WordPad to Default Settings

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type regedit and then press Enter key. Hit Yes in the pop-up.

You can now see the Registry Editor. I suggest you create a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

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

Right-click on the “Options” key.

Click “Delete.” In the confirmation pop-up, click “Yes.”

How to Delete WordPad Document in Windows 11

Here’s how to remove a WordPad document:

Open the Start menu.

Enter the name of the WordPad 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.

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.”

Basically, it is a list of documents you recently worked on. When you click on the filename on the list, WordPad will open the document.

Now let’s look at how to remove one entry at a time and all the entries at once.

Open the Run box by pressing Windows + R; type regedit and then press Enter. Click Yes in the pop-up window.

You can now see the Registry Editor. I suggest you make a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

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

Follow these steps to remove individual entries:

You will see the entries in the right pane when you click on the “Recent File List” key.

Locate the filename you do not want in the Recent documents list in the Data column.

Right-click on this entry and select “Delete”. Click “Yes” in the confirmation window.

Follow these steps to remove all entries:

Simply right-click on the “Recent File List” key. Choose “Delete” and then “Yes.”

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