Notepad Shortcuts and How to Add Notepad

This post will show you how to add Notepad to your desktop, File Explorer, Start menu, Send to menu, taskbar, and right-click menu.

You will also see the shortcut keys for Notepad. In this case, I am using a Windows 10 PC. Let’s get started.

Notepad Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
F10 or left AltDisplays or hides KeyTips.
CTRL + ASelect everything in the document.
CTRL + NCreate a new document in the same Notepad window.
Shift + CTRL + NCreate a new document in the new Notepad window.
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 into the document.
CTRL + EOpen “Bing” if the cursor has no words on the left side of it. If there’s a word on the cursor’s left side, then you can see the Bing search results for it.
CTRL + FOpen the “Find” pop-up.
CTRL + HOpen the “Replace” pop-up.
CTRL + GOpen the “Go To Line” pop-up.
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.

How to Create a Windows 10 Notepad Shortcut

Check out how to add a Notepad shortcut to your Windows 10 desktop or File Explorer.

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

Move the mouse over “New.” Click “Shortcut” under “Folder.”

When the pop-up box appears, type notepad and select Next.

Enter the shortcut name if you do not like the one suggested.

Click the “Finish” button.

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

Right-click on the Notepad shortcut. Click on “Properties.” You will find the shortcut key field under the Shortcut tab.

In this field, specify the key to use to start Notepad. I’m providing ,.

Press the “OK” button.

That’s it. From now on, every time I press CTRL + Alt + , keys, it will start the Notepad.

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

How do I add Notepad to the Start Menu, Send to Menu, Context Menu, or Taskbar?

To Add Notepad to taskbar or Start menu:

You will see the Notepad app in the search results when you type notepad in the Start menu.

When you right-click on it, you will find these options:

  • Run as administrator
  • App settings
  • Rate and review
  • Share

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

To Add Notepad to Send to menu:

Copy the Notepad shortcut. 

Open Run and type shell:sendto. Press Enter key. 

Paste the shortcut in the “SendTo” folder.

To Add Notepad to the Right-Click Menu:

Open the Registry Editor. Here’s how you can do this: Open Run by pressing Windows + R. Type regedit and then press Enter key. Hit Yes in the pop-up.

I suggest you make a backup of 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 desired key name. Here, I enter it as Notepad. 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.”

In the right pane, double-click “Default.” In the “Value data” field, enter notepad %1 and then click OK.

Now, right-click the file you want to open in Notepad. In the context menu, select “Notepad.” The file is opened in Notepad.

Note: If you want to remove Notepad from the context menu, delete the first key you created (in my case, it was Notepad).

To add Notepad as an administrator to the right-click menu, follow these steps:

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest you make a copy of the Registry before proceeding.

Expand Hkey_Classes_Root > *. Right-click on the “shell.” Select New > Key. Specify the key name as runas.

Double-click on “Default” in the right pane. Enter the name (in our instance: Notepad Admin) in the “Value data” field as you like.

Remember that this is the one you see in the context menu. Hit the “OK” button.

Right-click on the runas and then select New > Key. Specify the key name as command. Double-click on “Default” in the right pane.

Provide notepad %1 in the “Value data” field and press the “OK” button.

That’s it. From now on, right-click on the file you want to open. You’ll see the option (in our instance: Notepad Admin) in the context menu.

As soon as you press this option, you will see a UAC pop-up. Press the “Yes” button. The file will open on the Notepad that was started as an administrator.

Note: Do you want to remove the option you have added from the context menu? Delete the runas key.

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