How to reset Notepad to default settings on Windows 10

The humble, but very useful Notepad is a built-in basic text editor included in the Windows operating system, which is also used to save certain file formats like Registry files, Batch files, Script files, NFO, DIZ files, etc. Over a period of time, we often customize its settings to suit our requirements. We might change its default font, its style and size, the window position, word wrap and status bar settings, etc. While you can revert each one back, if you want to reset all Notepad settings to default values, then this post shows you how to do it.

Reset Notepad to default settings

The default font in Notepad in Windows 10, is Consoloas with Regular style, and font size 11. Word Wrap and Status Bar are disabled. To reset all Notepad settings, from the WinX Menu, open Run box, type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

But before you begin, you may want to create a system restore point and/or backup your Registry.

Next, navigate to the following key:


Now in the left pane itself, right-click on Notepad and select Delete.

reset Notepad to default settings

This will delete all the saved settings of Notepad, that you can see in the right pane.

Having done this, your Notepad will be reset to its default settings.

Love the Notepad? Then these Notepad tips & tricks are sure to interest you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Deadward

    is it safe For Text Documents ?

  2. 2b

    The humble and to me NOT useful Notepad, is in Windows 10 (after an update) associated with its plain text extensions.

    The windows 10 way to switch and associate to other software, does not work for .log files, for example. Log files stubbornly will stay associated to the lousy Notepad.

    Therefore I want to say that the way file associations in windows 10 work, is not user friendly, compared to all earlier windows versions.

    I want to make my own associations with my own icons at that. It used to be okay in Windows XP. In Windows 7 and 8 users could at least do more than in Windows 10. If microsoft keeps this up, I will try something else than windows. Please do add how to completely remove Notepad, because almost anything else out there is better for plain text. Please pass this info on and have a nice day.

  3. dan

    notepad++ my dude, and you can. go to default programs by file.

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