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How to Open and Use WordPad in Windows 10

WordPad is a word processor software with basic formatting options, and it is included in all versions of Windows Operating System. Here this article will guide you how to open and use WordPad in Windows 10 and reset its settings if things go wrong.

How to Open WordPad in Windows 10

There are 4 ways to start a WordPad and create a new rick text document.

Way 1: Open WordPad via Run

Press Win+R to open Run box. Input WordPad, then hit Enter.

Open Notepad via Run

A new blank and untitled WordPad will be automatically launched on your computer.

Way 2: Open WordPad using Cortana Search

Type wordpad into taskbar search box, and press Enter.

Open Wordpad via Search

Way 3: Open WordPad from Start Menu

Go to the Start Menu and click All apps, you can find it under Windows Accessories folder.

Open Wordpad from All Apps

Way 4: Open WordPad via Context Menu

Right-click on blank area in Desktop or File Explorer, select New > Rich Text Document.

Open Notepad via Context menu

How to Customize WordPad Document

1. Specify the font for text by changing the font settings.

Click the Home options, change the font setting as you want. Here you can even insert a image, if you like.

Customize Wordpad

2. Change the appearance of a WordPad document.

On the File menu, click Page Setup. In the Page Setup dialog box, click a size in Size.

Change the appearance of a Wordpad document

How to Print a WordPad Document

To qiuckly print a WordPad Document use shortcut key: Ctrl+P.

Step 1: In a WordPad document, click on File option, then click on Print option.

Step 2: To see how your document will look before you print it, click Print Preview.

Print a Wordpad document

Step 3: Select the printer and preferences you want, and then click Print.

Print a Notepad Document

Note: You must have a default printer set in the Printers folder.

Learn more how to conntect a printer see 2 Ways to Connect a Printer to Over Newwork.

How to Reset WordPad to its Default Settings

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

Open Registry Editor

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


On the right pane of Registry Editor, under WordPad, delete Options key.

Reset WordPad Settings

Exit and open WordPad again, you will see it with its default settings.