How to find and use Microsoft WordPad in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to find and use Microsoft WordPad in Windows 11. Microsoft Wordpad is a free, rich text editor app you can use to create and edit files, include text with different fonts and colors, insert pictures, and add links to other files.

WordPad offers more features than Windows Notepad, but less advanced than Microsoft Word. You can use WordPad to open and save text files (.txt), rich text files (.rtf), Word documents (.docx), and OpenDocument text files (.odt).

Files in other formats will open as plain text files and might not appear as expected. If you don’t have Microsoft Word installed, you might get by with WordPad in the meantime.

Some features—like headers, footers, and annotations—aren’t supported in WordPad.

Below are steps one can use to find and use Microsoft WordPad on Windows 11 computer.

How to open WordPad on Windows 11

As mentioned above, Microsoft WordPad offers more features than Windows Notepad, but less advanced than Microsoft Word. If you don’t have Microsoft Word installed, you may get by with WordPad for less advanced use.

To use the WordPad in Windows 11, click on the Start menu, then search wordpad in the search box. Under Best match, select the WordPad app to open.

windows 11 wordpad open

That will open WordPad app.

windows wordpad in windows 11

Alternatively, one can also use the Run command box to open WordPad in Windows 11.

Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard, then type write or wordpad and press the ENTER key.

wordpad in run command box windows 11

In File Explorer, browse to the path below to find WordPad application (wordpad.exe).

C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad
windows 11 wordpad file

It shortcut is available at the path below:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

Again, for basic usage, WordPad might be just enough. However, if you want to create advanced documents with mail merges, spellchecker, styles, tables, headers & footers, columns, margins, and more, Microsoft Word or alternative productivity suite should be considered.

Below is basic table on how to create, open and save files with WordPad.

Create a new fileTap or click File, and then tap or click New.
Open a fileTap or click File, and then tap or click Open.
Save a fileTap or click File, and then tap or click Save.
Save a file under a different name or formatTap or click Save as.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post show you how to find and use WordPad in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

3 Comments

  1. I just installed Windows 11 to work with software. Your article was very helpful, thank you!

  2. Your article is accurate about the location of wordpad.exe, however, on my laptop PC I did as instructed and I am unable to “create a new document” according to an error message I keep getting every time I attempt to open a previously created document using Notepad.

    It seems like permissions aren’t set correctly. I’m just guessing.

    I could use a little help.
    Thanks…

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