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How to Run Notepad as Administrator

Written by Thirumalraj

Here, you’ll see different ways to run Notepad as an administrator.

You’ll also see how to create a shortcut that lets you launch Notepad as an administrator.

I use Windows 11 PC. Let’s start with the former.

Run Windows 11 Notepad as Administrator using Start Menu

Here are the steps to open Notepad as an administrator:

  1. Hit the Start button or Windows key.
  2. Type notepad.
  3. Right-click on the “Notepad” app in the search results and click “Run as administrator.”
  4. In the UAC popup, hit “Yes.”

That’s it.

Here’s an alternative method:

Click the “Start” button and hit the “All apps” button.

Right-click “Notepad” in the N section and move the mouse to “More.”

Select “Run as administrator.” In the UAC popup, hit “Yes.”

Launch Notepad as an Administrator using File

This method only applies if you haven’t installed Notepad from Microsoft Store.

Go to C: > Windows and right-click the “Notepad” file.

Click “Run as administrator” in the context menu and click the “Yes” button in the UAC popup.

Access Notepad as an Administrator using Run

Type “notepad” (without double quotes) in Run and press CTRL + Shift + Enter.

Click the “Yes” button in the UAC popup.

Run Notepad as Administrator using PowerShell or Command Prompt

Open PowerShell as an administrator or Command Prompt as an administrator.

Type notepad and press the Enter key.

Launch Notepad as an Administrator using Task Manager

Open the Task Manager. Click the File at the top.

Hit the Run new task and type notepad in the popup.

Select “Create this task with administrative privileges” and hit the OK button.

Create a Shortcut to Open Notepad as an Administrator

To create a shortcut that launches Notepad as an administrator, follow these steps:

  1. Create a Notepad shortcut.
  2. Right-click it and click “Properties.”
  3. Click the “Advanced” button.
  4. Select “Run as administrator” in the popup and hit the “OK” button.
  5. Hit the “OK” button.

That’s it. From now on, when you open the Notepad shortcut, you’ll see a UAC popup. Click “Yes,” and Notepad will start as an administrator.

Thanks for reading.