This post shows students and new users the steps to find and use Microsoft WordPad in Windows 11. Microsoft Wordpad is a free rich text editor application that you can use to create and edit files, include text with different fonts and colors, insert images 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 may not appear as expected. If you don’t have Microsoft Word installed, you can get by with WordPad in the meantime.

Some features, such as headers, footers, and annotations, are not supported by WordPad.

Here are the steps you can take to find and use Microsoft WordPad on a Windows 11 computer.

How to open WordPad in 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 can get by with WordPad for less advanced use.

To use WordPad in Windows 11, click the Start menu, then search wordpad in the search box. Below Best match, Select the Wordpad application to open.

windows 11 open wordpad

That will open the WordPad application.

windows wordpad in windows 11

Alternatively, the Run command box can also be used to open WordPad in Windows 11.

press the Windows key + R on your keyboard, then type to write or wordpad and press the GET INTO wrench.

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wordpad in windows 11 run command box

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

C:Program FilesWindows NTAccessorieswordpad
windows 11 wordpad file

The shortcut is available in the path below:

C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsAccessories

Again, for basic use, WordPad might suffice. However, if you want to create advanced documents with mail combinations, spell check, styles, tables, headers and footers, columns, margins, and more, you should consider Microsoft Word or an alternative productivity suite.

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

Create a new file Touch or click File, and then touch or click New.
Open a file Touch or click File, and then touch or click Open.
Save a file Touch or click File and then touch or click Save.
Save a file with a different name or format Touch or click Save As.

You should do that!

Conclusion:

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

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