5 Easy Methods to Open Notepad in Windows 11

All Windows operating systems come pre-installed with Notepad, a straightforward text editor. It can be used to quickly take notes, write straightforward scripts, or edit text files. The various ways to open Notepad in Windows 11 will be covered in this article.

Method 1: From the Start Menu

  1. In the bottom left corner of your screen, click the Start button.
  2. You can either scroll down to the Windows Accessories folder and click on Notepad in the Start menu, or you can type “Notepad” into the search bar and hit Enter.

Method 2: From the Run Dialog

  1. To open the Run dialog, press the Windows key and R on your keyboard.
  2. In the Run dialog, type “notepad” and hit Enter.

Method 3: From the Command Prompt

  1. By entering “cmd” into the search box and pressing Enter, you can launch the Command Prompt.
  2. In the Command Prompt, type “notepad” and hit Enter.

Method 4: From the File Explorer

  1. By clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar or by pressing the Windows key + E on your keyboard, you can access the File Explorer.
  2. Go to the place where you want to create or open a text file and then navigate there.
  3. Anywhere in the File Explorer window, use the right-click context menu to choose “New > Text Document.”
  4. It will generate a new text file and launch Notepad on its own.

Method 5: From the Taskbar

  1. Click the taskbar with the right mouse button and choose “Taskbar Settings” from the context menu.
  2. Select the “Choose which icons appear on the taskbar” option in the Taskbar Settings window.
  3. Toggle “Notepad” on by scrolling down.
  4. Your taskbar will now have a Notepad icon when you close the Taskbar Settings window. Notepad can be opened by simply clicking the icon.


This article covered five distinct ways to launch Notepad in Windows 11. There is a method that will work for you whether you prefer to use the Start menu, the Run dialog, the Command Prompt, the File Explorer, or the Taskbar. You can quickly access and use Notepad whenever you need it by following these easy steps.

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