How to Open and Use Notepad in Windows 10

Get help with Notepad in Windows 10: Notepad is a plain text editor that you can use to create simple documents. The resulting file is usually saved with a .txt extension. This article explains various ways to open Notepad and adjust text in Windows 10. This makes Notepad more suitable for viewing or editing text (.txt) files.

How to open Notepad in Windows 10


There are several ways to start the Notepad and create new text documents.

Method 1: Open Notepad via Run

Press Win + R to open the Run box. Enter notepad and press Enter.

run notepad
run notepad

A new blank notepad without a title will automatically start on your computer.

Method 2: Open Notepad from Start Menu

Open the Start menu and click All Apps. You can find it in the Windows Accessories folder.

launch notepad
launch notepad

Method 3: Open Notepad via Context Menu

Right-click an empty area on the Desktop or File Explorer and select New -> Text Document.

create a new text document
create a new text document

Method 4: Open Notepad with Cortana Search

Step 1: Open the Start menu.

Step 2: Enter notepad in the search field and press Enter.

open notepad in windows 10
open notepad in windows 10

If you need to use the Notepad application often, you can pin it to the Start or Taskbar. This allows you to quickly create a new text document through the start menu or task bar.

pin notepad to start
pin notepad to start

How to Enable Word Wrap in Notepad


If you enable Word Wrap, text is included in your text document so that it does not scroll through the entire text.

Procedure: Click the Format tab and select Word Wrap.

The scroll bar at the bottom of the editor window disappears. A check mark is displayed next to the “Line break” option in the “Format” menu.

enable word wrap
enable word wrap

How to Format Text in Notepad


Use the following steps to adjust the default font, style and size in the Notepad.

Procedure: Click the Format menu and select Font.

font settings
font settings

This gives you a list of all installed fonts and options for using bold, italic, etc. You can choose the format you want. When finished, click OK. Changing the font immediately affects the entire document.

change font in notepad
change font in notepad

How to Enable Status Bar via Registry Editor


The status bar cannot be activated if Word Wrap are activated. How to make the status bar visible in notepad when Word Wrap are activated.

Step 1: Press Win + R, open Run, type regedit and press Enter.

run regedit
run regedit

Step 2: In Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Notepad

In the right panel of Notepad, double-click the Status Bar button.

enable status bar
enable status bar

Step 3: Change the value from 0 to 1. Click OK to save this setting.

display status bar in notepad
display status bar in notepad

Press F5 to update the Registry Editor. Open the Notepad. The status bar appears at the bottom of the Notepad application software. This shows a message for the number of rows and column positions in the status window.

status bar in notepad
status bar in notepad

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