How to Run Notepad as an Administrator

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.

Open Windows 11 Notepad as an Administrator using the 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 over the “More.”

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

Launch Notepad as an Administrator using File

This method only applies to you 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.

Access Notepad as an 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.

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. In the popup, select “Run as administrator” 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.

If you want to add an option to the context menu which will let you open the file with Notepad, which will open as an administrator, check out this guide.

I hope this guide, “How to Run Notepad as an Administrator,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.