How to Reset WordPad and Notepad Settings to Defaults?

If you’ve changed the default font settings and other options in WordPad or Notepad and want to revert back to Windows default values, this post tells you how to do that.

Reset WordPad Settings

Start Regedit.exe and go to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Wordpad

The Options sub key stores the Wordpad settings you configured. Delete this key would restore the original settings when you open Wordpad next time.

WordPad reset settings

The Recent File List sub key stores the list of most recently used files in Wordpad, which is shown when you click the File menu in Wordpad.

WordPad MRU reset

To clear the most recently used files listing, delete this key.

WordPad MRU reset

Reset Notepad settings

The settings for Notepad are stored here.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Notepad

Notepad reset settings

Right-click on the key and choose Delete.

Exit the Registry Editor.

Using Command-line or Batch file

To do this quickly using command-line, run this from Command Prompt.

reg delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Notepad /f
reg delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Wordpad /f

You should see the message The operation completed successfully.

That’s it!

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