How to Reset the Windows 10 Notepad to Default Options

Ben Stegner 19-05-2016

Windows’ default Notepad, while not rolling in features by any means, does have a few useful applications, such as stripping text formatting 5 Ways to Strip Formatting When You Copy and Paste Text Here's how to copy and paste without formatting on both Windows and Mac using several convenient methods. Read More . You might also use it when creating a batch file or applying a Registry fix, perhaps from an article you read to fix an issue.


If you haven’t completely ditched Notepad for an alternative Notepad Not Doing The Trick? Try Out The Lightweight Alternatives Xint & Subpad Read More , you’ll be happy to know you can easily reset the app’s settings to default if you want a clean start. Maybe you changed the default font, font size, and word wrapping, and don’t want to change them all back individually. Here’s the speedy way.

Standard Warning: Changing Registry values could damage your system, so be sure to follow instructions carefully. Read our guide to keeping the Windows Registry intact How Not to Accidentally Mess Up the Windows Registry Working with the Windows registry? Take note of these tips, and you'll be much less likely to do lasting damage to your PC. Read More if you’re new to editing it.

Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit into the Start menu, and browse to


In the left navigation pane, right-click on Notepad and choose Delete. This will wipe out all of your settings for Notepad so you can start from a clean slate.

Do you still use Windows Notepad, or do you use something else? Let us know if you found this tip useful in the comments!


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Related topics: Notepad, Windows Tricks.

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