4 ways to open WordPad in Windows (all versions)

WordPad has been around since Windows 95. If you are an old-school user, you may want to use it in Windows 10, or Windows 8.1 to edit your documents. Unfortunately, the old WordPad app is a bit hidden in the newer versions of Windows, so you may have trouble finding it and opening it. To help you out, we created this tutorial, which describes four methods for starting WordPad:

NOTE: This guide applies to Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. All the methods we share cover these three operating systems.

1. Open WordPad using search

The fastest way to open WordPad in Windows is to use search. In Windows 10, type the word "wordpad" in the search box near the Start button and, in the list of search results, click or tap the appropriate search result.

You can also ask Cortana to "open WordPad," and she will do that for you.

In Windows 7, click the Start button and type "wordpad" in the Start Menu search box. Then, click the WordPad search result.

If you use Windows 8.1, go to the Start screen (or open the Search charm) and start typing "wordpad." In the list of search results on the right, click or tap the WordPad result.

2. Use the Run window to start WordPad

A quick method to start WordPad is to open the Run window (Windows + R), type wordpad in the Open field, and click or tap OK.

This is a fast method, isn't it?

3. Use the Start Menu (in Windows 10 or Windows 7) or the Start screen (Windows 8.1 only) to start WordPad

Window 10 users can also use the mouse or the touchscreen to open WordPad. To do that, click or tap Start, and then scroll down to the list of programs that start with the letter W. There, open the Windows Accessories folder and click or tap on the WordPad shortcut.

If you are using Windows 7, click "Start -> All programs -> Accessories -> WordPad."

If you use Windows 8.1, the procedure involved is a bit more difficult: go to the Start screen and open the Apps view, with a click on its arrow, on the bottom-left corner of the screen.

In the Apps view, look for the Windows Accessories folder on the right and then for the WordPad shortcut found inside this folder.

4. Start WordPad using File Explorer or Windows Explorer

Another method is to use File Explorer (in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1) or Windows Explorer (in Windows 7). Start it and browse your computer to the drive where Windows is installed. Then, go to "Program Files\windows nt\accessories" and look for wordpad.exe.

Double-click on this file and WordPad is started.

Enjoy using WordPad

Now you have started WordPad, and you can use it to edit existing documents, create new ones, print documents and so on. If you want to learn how to use it, we recommend this tutorial: How To Work With WordPad In Windows.

Which method works best for you?

Now you know many ways to start the WordPad desktop app in Windows. Try them out and let us know which method is best for you. Comment below and let's discuss. We are looking forward to having a conversation with you.