How to Install, Open and Reset WordPad in Windows 10

Learn how to install, open, and reset the WordPad application on your Windows 10 computer in this post. Let’s get started.

How to Install WordPad in Windows 10

Here’s how to install WordPad:

Right-click on the “Start” button.

Click on “Apps and Features.”

Hit “Optional features.”

Click “Add a feature.”

Select “WordPad” and then click the Install button.

You may also install WordPad this way:

Open the Run Command by pressing Windows + R.

Enter cmd, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. In the pop-up, click Yes to see the elevated Command Prompt.

Type the following command and then press the Enter key. 

Here’s the command: DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:Microsoft.Windows.WordPad~~~~

How to Reset WordPad to Default Settings

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type regedit and then press Enter. Hit Yes in the pop-up.

You can now see the Registry Editor. I suggest you create a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Extend HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Applets > Wordpad.

Right-click on the “Options” key.

Click “Delete.” In the confirmation pop-up, click “Yes.”

Where to Find WordPad in Windows 10

Method #1

Open WordPad by clicking on the Start menu, typing wordpad, and then clicking on the WordPad application in the search results.

Note: To open WordPad as an administrator, right-click on the WordPad app in the search results and select Run as administrator. Then, click Yes on the pop-up.

Method #2

To open Microsoft WordPad, use the write command in one of the following programs.

  • Run Command
  • Task Manager (Hit File > Run new task option to use the command)

Or use the start write command in Windows PowerShell.

Method #3

Click the “Start” button. Click on “Windows Tools.” Double-click “WordPad.”

Method #4

This is the Windows 10 WordPad location: C: > Windows > System32. Locate and double-click the file “write”.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is WordPad?

WordPad is an RTF (Rich Text Format) editor that isn’t as simple as Notepad and more advanced than Microsoft Word.

Which option is used to close WordPad?

If you want to close WordPad, click File at the top and then Exit. You can also close the app by pressing Alt + F4.

Is Microsoft WordPad free?

Yes, it is.

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