How to use WordPad in Windows 10

I bet quite a few of you must not have heard of the WordPad. Or even if you have heard about it, you have not used it, or you may have simply forgotten about its existence. Why? Well, if we need a basic text editor, we use the Notepad. If we need an advanced text editor, we use Microsoft Word. But somewhere in the middle, with more features than the humble Notepad, but lesser features than the mighty Word software, stands Wordpad – which is free!

WordPad is a word processor software with basic formatting options, and it is included in all versions of the OS since Windows 95 onwards. It has always been there, but never really used much. In this post, today, we will take a look at it, see how to use Wordpad in Windows 10 and reset Wordpad settings, if things go wrong.


WordPad in Windows 10

To use the Wordpad in Windows 10, type ‘wordpad‘, in the taskbar search and click on the result. This will open WordPad.


To open Wordpad, you can also use the Run command write.exe. Press WinKey+R, type write.exe or wordpad.exe and hit Enter.

The file name of Wordpad is wordpad.exe, and it is located in the following location:

C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories

Its shortcut can be found in the following location:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

Wordpad lets you create, edit, save, open, view, and print text documents. You can use bold, underline & italics formatting, change font type color & size, create bulleted lists, center or left/right justify paragraphs, insert images, and more. Just play around with the easy-to-use Ribbon menu, till you get a feel of all that it has to offer.

WordPad, along with other built-in tools like Character Map, Windows Fax and Scan are now being ported to the Windows Store as Universal apps. You can now download the Wordpad app from the Windows Store.

What is the file extension for Wordpad

Wordpad uses the .rtf or Rich Text Format file extension, to save files by default. But it can save documents in .docx (Office Open XML), ODT (Open Document), .txt (Text) formats too.

Reset WordPad settings to default

We have seen how to reset Notepad settings – now let us see how to reset WordPad settings to default in Windows 10. But before you begin, you may want to create a system restore point or backup your Registry.

To reset Wordpad settings to its default, close Wordpad, and Run regedit to open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:



In the left pane, you will see Options.  Delete this Options key.

Now when you open Wordpad, you will see it with its default settings.

Let us know if you use the Wordpad or not – and your reasons in any case why you prefer to use it or why you do not feel the need to.

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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. ReadandShare

    While Wordpad has everything that I need for word processing, it cannot encrypt files — nor can it open encrypted files. And that’s a deal breaker for me. Fortunately, there are any number of free word processing apps out there — like Libreoffice, OpenOffice, Kingsoft (WPS), etc., etc.

  2. bjlmartens

    When I open a new page in WordPad in Windows 10 it doesn’t look anything like the image posted. I just have a blank page with the Title line and Menu Bar. How can I set it up to open a new page that has all the functions shown in that image?

  3. That’s the default view of Wordpad the image displays. Anyway you could check the settings under the View tab.

  4. Parker Brooks

    I use Word for typing something to print, Notepad for saving simple notes, and WordPad for when I need to make simple notes with text formatting. Word has too many options, and I don’t need or like the page separations for this task.

    Also, WordPad is the best of the three for opening LARGE text files or editing html code.

  5. lovezion

    Thank you for the good article! You’re so right, I never thought about it, I didn’t use it in the past until….a few weeks ago when I lost my Word 2003 and can’t afford to buy another one. So until I can think about getting a Word, I’m using WordPad and surprisingly I found it pretty cool…but not like Word. lol!

    While at it, could someone tell me how to put a subject name on WordPad? Thanx. :o)

  6. Tommy Bailey

    Does Wordpad have spell check and punctuation capabilities?

  7. MarybethDevlin

    The “print preview” function has stopped working in WordPad following a Windows 10 update. When I click on preview, it goes to “print-screen” instead. Any way to restore it? Thank you.

  8. ??????? «????????» ????????

    I have some RTF-documents printed in Wordpad with fixed-pitch CourierNew font including pseudo-graphic symbols for tables and even simple electrical schemas. This documents are properly displaying and printing with Wordpad in Windows XP, but Wordpad in Windows 10 displays and prints pseudo-graphics with SegoeUISymbol font that is not fixed-pitch though alpha-numeric symbols are in CourierNew font. As the result, documents becomes unreadable in Windows 10 though I can work with them in Windows XP as usual.
    Why can’t Wordpad use specified font for pseudo-graphics in Windows 10? Is it problem with CourierNew font or with Wordpad program?

  9. Hameed

    Does wordpad in windows 10 have page border option?I can’t find any when I checked

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