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How to Reset Notepad to Its Default Settings on Windows


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Notepad is a basic but useful text editor that’s been included in Windows in some form since the beginning. You’ve probably customized Notepad for the way you work, but now you want to reset Notepad to its default settings. No worries. It’s easy, and we’ll show you how.

You can customize the default font, font style, and font size in Notepad, enable or disable word wrap and the status bar, as well as change the size and position of the Notepad window. You can manually change these settings back to their defaults, but we have an easier and quicker way to reset Notepad to its default settings using the registry.

Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack and as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.

Open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.

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NOTE: You may not see this dialog box, depending on your User Account Control settings.

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In the tree structure on the, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftNotepad

Right-click on the “Notepad” key in the tree and select “Delete” from the popup menu. You can also select the “Notepad” key and press “Delete” on the keyboard.

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On the “Confirm Key Delete” dialog box, click “Yes”.

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To close the Registry Editor, select “Exit” from the “File” menu.

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All your saved settings for Notepad will be deleted and the default settings will take effect the next time you open Notepad and a new “Notepad” key will be created in the registry.

If you’re not comfortable editing the Registry yourself, we’ve created a downloadable registry hack you can use to delete the “Notepad” key from the from the registry. Extract the .zip file, double-click the .reg file, and click through the prompts.

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if you enjoy working with the Registry, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to make your own Registry hacks.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people’s lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.


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