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Windows’ default Notepad, while not rolling in features by any means, does have a few useful applications, such as stripping text formatting. 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, 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 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.
Getting back into the swing of a Windows pooter at work. The one redeeming feature? The wonderful zero-formatting 'Notepad' app. Zen-like!
— Sarah Bruegger (@SarahBruegger) April 28, 2016
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