How to Enable Notepad and Notepad++ Word-Wrap and Status Bar

Both Notepad and Notepad++ have the status bar and word-wrap.

The latter displays file content within the window width, so you don’t have to scroll horizontally to view the contents.

Additionally, it places the cursor on the new line when you reach the end of a line as you type.

Here you’ll see how to enable or disable them in Windows 11. Let’s begin with the Notepad app.

Enable Notepad Word-Wrap and Status Bar

Launch the Notepad.

For the Notepad status bar, follow these steps:

Click on “View” at the top. You’ll find the “Status bar” option and click on it to display or hide the status bar.

Remember that a tick next to this option means it’s turned on.

For the Notepad word-wrap, follow these steps:

Click on “Format” at the top. You’ll find the “Word wrap” option, and to enable or disable word-wrap, click on it.

Remember that a tick next to this option means it’s turned on.

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Enable Notepad++ Word-Wrap and Status Bar

To enable the status bar in the Notepad++, follow these steps:

  1. Open Notepad++. Hit Settings at the top and select Preferences.
  2. Make sure you’re in the General section by looking at the left side of the popup.
  3. Find the Show status bar option.
  4. Check it, hit the Close button, and that’s it.

To disable it, follow the steps above but uncheck it instead of checking.

To enable Notepad++ word-wrap, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Notepad++ and hit View at the top.
  2. Click on the “Word wrap” option.
  3. Keep in mind that a tick next to this option means it’s turned on.

That’s all. To disable word-wrap, follow the steps above.

Here’s another way to turn on or off word-wrap:

Click on the “Word wrap” icon, which you’ll find under the Plugins menu at the top. Remember that the “Blue” color over the icon means it’s enabled.

Read: How to Change the Default Font in Notepad++

How to Set a Shortcut for Notepad++ Word-Wrap

To set a shortcut for the word-wrap, follow these steps:

Hit Settings at the top of the Notepad++ and click on Shortcut Mapper.

Using the Filter at the bottom, you can quickly find the “Word wrap” in the Name column.

The Shortcut column is blank for “Word wrap.”

Double-click the “Word wrap” and click OK after setting up the shortcut in the popup window.

That’s it. From now on, you can use the shortcut to enable or disable word-wrap in Notepad++.

I hope this guide, “How to Enable Notepad and Notepad++ Word-Wrap and Status Bar,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

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