WordPad Keyboard Shortcuts (and More)

This post shows you how to add WordPad to the desktop, File Explorer, Start menu, taskbar, and right-click menu.

You will also find WordPad shortcut keys. Let’s get started.

How to Add a WordPad Shortcut to Desktop or File Explorer

Right-click on the blank area of the desktop or File Explorer.

Move the mouse over “New” in the context menu.

Click on “Shortcut.”

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

If you don’t like the suggested shortcut name, type your own and click “Finish.”

How Do I Add WordPad to the Taskbar, Start Menu or Context Menu?

How to add WordPad to the context menu in Windows 10:

Go to C: > Windows > System32. Right-click on the “Write” file while holding down the “Shift” key. Click the “Copy as Path” option in the context menu.

You can open the Registry Editor by pressing Windows + R, typing in regedit, and then clicking the OK button. In the pop-up window, click Yes.

I recommend that you backup the Registry before proceeding.

In the left pane, expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > *. Right-click on the “shell” key, and then select New > Key.

Enter the key name you prefer (here, I specify it as WordPad). Press the “Enter” key. Right-click on the key you have created, and then select New > Key.

Enter the name of the key as command and then press Enter.

Double-click on “Default” in the right pane. In the “Value data” field, enter the path you have previously copied, press the Space key, and then enter %1. Hit the “OK” button.

That’s it.

Just right-click on the file you want to open on WordPad and select “WordPad” from the context menu. The file opens in WordPad.

If you want WordPad removed from the context menu, delete the first key you created.

To Add WordPad to the Taskbar or Start Menu:

Open the Start menu. Type wordpad. Right-click on the WordPad app in the search results.

Pin WordPad to the taskbar by clicking the “Pin to taskbar” option.

To pin WordPad to the Start menu, click Pin to Start.

WordPad Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + YRedo.
Ctrl + LLeft align.
Ctrl + ECenter align.
Ctrl + RRight align.
Ctrl + JJustify.
Ctrl + ASelect all.
Ctrl + CCopy.
Ctrl + XCut.
Ctrl + BBold.
Ctrl + VPaste.
Ctrl + IItalic.
Ctrl + UUnderline.
Ctrl + ZUndo.
Ctrl + PTo print.
Ctrl + SSave.
Ctrl + DInsert an MS Paint drawing.
Ctrl + OOpen an existing document.
Ctrl + NCreate a new document.
F12Save the document as a new file.
Ctrl + DeleteDelete the next word.
Ctrl + HReplace.
F3Find the next instance of the term.
Ctrl + FFind.
Ctrl + 2Double line spacing.
Ctrl + 5Set line spacing to 1.5.
Ctrl + 1Single line spacing.
Ctrl + Shift + =Superscript.
Ctrl + =Subscript.
Alt + F4Close WordPad.
Ctrl + down arrowMove cursor to the line below.
Ctrl + F1Minimize or expand the ribbon.
F10To hide or show keytips.
Ctrl + up arrowMove the cursor to the upper line.
Ctrl + EndEnd of the document.
Ctrl + HomeBeginning of the document.
Ctrl + Shift + AFor all caps.
Ctrl + Shift + LChange the bullet style.
Ctrl + Shift + >Increase the font size.
Ctrl + Shift + <To decrease the font size.
Shift + F10Show context menu.
Ctrl + Page DownGo to the page below.
Ctrl + Page UpGo to the above page.
Ctrl + right arrowMove the cursor to the next word in the right.
Ctrl + left arrowMove the cursor to the next word on the left.


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