WordPad and Notepad Shortcut Keys and How to Add to Windows 11

Written by Thirumalraj

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I’m using Windows 11 PC here. Let’s start.

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Notepad Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are the Windows 11 Notepad shortcut keys and their actions:

Left AltDisplays or hides keytips.
Ctrl + ASelect everything in the document.
Ctrl + NCreate a Notepad file in the same window.
Shift + Ctrl + NThis one is the shortcut key for the new Notepad file.
Ctrl + OTo open a document.
Ctrl + SSave the document.
Shift + Ctrl + SSave the document as a new document.
Ctrl + PTo print.
Ctrl + +Zoom in.
Ctrl + –Zoom out.
Ctrl + 0Restore default zoom.
DeleteDelete the letter on the right side of the cursor.
Ctrl + DeleteDelete the word on the right side of the cursor.
Ctrl + XCut the selected text.
Ctrl + CCopy the selected text.
Ctrl + VPaste.
Ctrl + ZUndo.
F5Include the current date and time in the document.
Ctrl + FOpen the “Find” popup.
Ctrl + HOpen the “Replace” popup.
Ctrl + GOpen the “Go to line” popup.
F3Find the next.
Shift + F3Find the previous.
Ctrl + HomeBring the cursor to the top of the document.
Ctrl + EndBring the cursor to the end of the document.
Alt + F4 or Ctrl + WClose the current Notepad window.


  • To minimize the Notepad using the keyboard, press the Alt + Space bar key and N to minimize it.
  • If you want to maximize, resize, move, close, or restore, press these keys respectively after pressing Alt + Space bar key: X, S, M, C, or R.
  • You can’t underline or align left, right, or center in Notepad.

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Create a Notepad Shortcut

Here are the steps to add Windows 11 Notepad shortcut to your desktop or “File Explorer”:

  1. Right-click on the blank area of the “File Explorer” or desktop.
  2. Move the mouse over the “New.”
  3. Click “Shortcut” under “Folder.”
  4. When a popup box appears, type notepad and select Next.
  5. Enter the shortcut name if you dislike the one suggested.
  6. Click the “Finish” button.

That’s it. From now on, double-click this shortcut to open Notepad on Windows 11.

If you want to assign a shortcut key to a Notepad shortcut, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the Notepad shortcut.
  2. Click on “Properties.” You’ll find the “Shortcut key” field under the Shortcut tab.
  3. Specify the key you wish to use to start Notepad in this field. I’m providing ,.
  4. Click the “OK” button.

That’s it. Whenever I press Ctrl + Alt + , keys, it’ll start the Notepad.

Note: You can apply the above steps to the shortcut, which opens Notepad as an administrator.

Add Notepad to Start Menu, Send to Menu, or Taskbar

To add Notepad to the taskbar or Start menu, follow these steps:

You’ll see the Notepad app in the search results when you type “notepad” (without double quotes) on the Start menu. When you right-click on it, you’ll find these options:

  • Run as administrator
  • Pin to Start
  • Pin to taskbar
  • App settings
  • Rate and review
  • Share
  • Uninstall

Click “Pin to Start” to add Notepad to the Start menu. Click “Pin to taskbar” if you want to add Notepad to the taskbar.

To add Notepad to the “Send to” menu, follow these steps:

  1. Copy the Notepad shortcut.
  2. Open the Run by pressing Windows + R.
  3. Type shell:sendto and press the Enter key.
  4. Paste the shortcut into the “SendTo” folder.

How to Add a WordPad Shortcut to Desktop, File Explorer, Taskbar, or Start Menu

To add the WordPad to your desktop or File Explorer, follow these steps:

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

Move the mouse over “New” in the context menu and click on “Shortcut.”

Type “write” (without double quotes) in the popup window and click on the “Next” button.

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

To add WordPad to the taskbar or Start menu, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type wordpad.
  3. Right-click on the WordPad app in the search results.
  4. You can pin WordPad to the taskbar by clicking the “Pin to taskbar” option.
  5. To pin WordPad to the Start menu, click Pin to Start.

WordPad Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are the Windows 11 WordPad shortcut keys and their actions:

Ctrl + YRedo.
Ctrl + LLeft align.
Ctrl + ECenter align.
Ctrl + RFor the right alignment.
Ctrl + JJustify.
Ctrl + ASelect all.
Ctrl + CCopy.
Ctrl + XCut.
Ctrl + BBold.
Ctrl + VPaste.
Ctrl + IItalics.
Ctrl + UUnderline.
Ctrl + ZUndo.
Ctrl + PTo print.
Ctrl + SSave.
Ctrl + DInsert an MS Paint drawing.
Ctrl + OOpen an existing WordPad 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 the 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 on the right.
Ctrl + Left ArrowMove the cursor to the next word on the left.

Note: There is no option for strikethrough or full screen on WordPad.

Thanks for reading.

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