How To Install Notepad

Nowadays, there is no shortage of third-party text editors but many people still like using Notepad, the text editor included in every version of Windows. Actually, it’s not uncommon for Windows users to uninstall Notepad in favor of another text editor only to look for instructions on how to install Notepad soon after. At the moment, you could install Notepad via Settings, PowerShell, Command Prompt and Store. Read to the end to learn what must be done to bring Notepad back to your Windows PC.

Installing Notepad On Windows: Summary

Via Settings

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Apps and choose Optional features in Apps & features.
  • Step 3: Hit Add a feature, check the box checkbox next to Notepad and hit Install.
  • Step 4: After the installation finishes, restart your computer. 

Via PowerShell

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type PowerShell and hit Run as administrator. 
  • Step 2: In PowerShell (Admin), run the command Get-WindowsCapability -Online | Where-Object {$_.Name -like “*notepad*”}.
  • Step 3: Note down the result. Next, run the command Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name ### in PowerShell (Admin). Remember to substitute what you have noted down for ###. 

Via Command Prompt

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type cmd and hit Run as administrator. 
  • Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), run the command DISM.exe /Online /Get-Capabilities | find “Notepad”.
  • Step 3: Note down the result. Next, run the command DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:###. Keep in mind that you must substitute what you have noted down for ###. 

Via Store

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type Store and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: In Store, search for Notepad, click the best match and pick Get.
  • Step 3: Restart your computer as soon as the process wraps up. 

Alternatively, you could search for Windows Notepad using a search engine on your web browser. Open the result linking to Microsoft’s downloads page and hit Get to install Notepad. 

What Must Be Done When Notepad Refuse To Save Files

  • Step 1: Right-click the file you want to save then pick Properties.
  • Step 2: Go to Security tab, select Edit under Groups or usernames and choose your account. 
  • Step 3: Check the checkbox next to Full control in the Allow column, pick Apply and click OK. Last but not least, restart your computer.

Ways To Get Rid Of Notepad

Via Settings

  • Step 1: Open Settings, select Apps and choose Optional features in Apps & features.
  • Step 2: Search for Notepad using the search bar under Installed features.
  • Step 3: Click Notepad, pick Uninstall and restart your computer.

Via Command Prompt

To uninstall Notepad via Command Prompt, open Command Prompt (Admin) and run the command powershell -command “Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.WindowsNotepad* | Remove-AppxPackage”

Via PowerShell

To uninstall Notepad via PowerShell, open PowerShell (Admin) and run the command  Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.WindowsNotepad* | Remove-AppxPackag.

How To Save Word Document As Text File

  • Step 1: Open the word document you want to save, click File and pick Save.
  • Step 2: Set the destination for the file.
  • Step 3: Select the dropdown menu next to Save as type, choose Plain text and hit Save. Next, in File conversion, click your preferred options and pick OK to complete the conversion.

Notepad Not Showing Up: Troubleshooting

Following installation, Notepad usually won’t appear on the desktop by default. It’s possible to access Notepad in many ways and Start menu is the easiest: open Start menu, expand Windows Accessories and hit Notepad. Alternatively, press Windows key, type notepad and hit Enter.

You could also create a Notepad shortcut on your desktop for ease of access:

  • Step 1: Press Windows + E to open File Explorer then navigate to This PC > C: drive > Windows >System 32.
  • Step 2: Locate Notepad, select it, choose Home and hit Copy path.
  • Step 3: Right-click an empty space on your desktop, hover the mouse over New and pick Shortcut.
  • Step 4: Paste the path to Type the location of the item, click Next and pick Finish. 

How To Set Notepad As Default Text Editor

  • Step 1: Open Settings, click Apps and pick Default apps
  • Step 2: Hit  Choose default apps by file type. 
  • Step 3: Under Associate file types with specific apps, make your way to .txt (Text Document), click the Plus icon and pick Notepad. 

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