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

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

Where to Find WordPad in Windows 11

Method #1

Here are the steps to open the WordPad app:

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Type wordpad.
  3. Click on the WordPad application in the search results.

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

Method #2

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is WordPad? Would you 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:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I. Click on the “Apps” option on the left sidebar.
  2. Select the Optional features on the right.
  3. Hit the “View features” button on the top right.
  4. Select “WordPad” and then click the “Next” button.
  5. 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 popup, 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:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.
  2. Hit on the “Apps” on the left sidebar.
  3. Click on the Optional features on the right.
  4. Hit on “WordPad.”
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

Here’s another method to uninstall WordPad:

Press Windows + R. Type cmd in the Run Command box and press Shift + Ctrl + Enter. Click Yes on the popup. You can now see the elevated Command Prompt.

Please enter the following command into it, and then press Enter key. 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 popup. 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 popup, click “Yes.”


How to Delete WordPad Document in Windows 11

Here are the steps to remove a WordPad document:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Enter the name of the WordPad file.
  3. Click on the location of the file in the search results. You’ll find the file now.
  4. 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’ll find the list “Recent documents.” It is a list of documents you recently worked. When you click on the filename on the list, WordPad will open the document.

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 popup 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 an individual entry: You’ll see the entries in the right pane when clicking on the “Recent File List” key.

Locate the filename you don’t want in the Recent documents list in the Data column. Right-click on this entry and select “Delete.” Click “Yes” in the confirmation window. That’s it.

Note that you can use the above steps to remove multiple entries at once too and make sure to select the entries after locating.

Follow these steps to remove all entries: Right-click on the “Recent File List” key. Choose “Delete” and then “Yes.”


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