Here is how to download WordPad for Windows 11, the original classic app that Microsoft has removed from Build 26020 and onward. You will get it back again with all its shortcuts and features restored.
Microsoft first announced their intention to get rid of the classic WordPad app in the beginning of September 2023. The company said it is outdated, so they deprecate it in flavor of Word and Notepad.
Many did't agreed. It offered more features than any plain text editor, and supported several widely used formats, such as ODF and RTF. Without having to install anything, it allowed you to quickly compose a rich formatted document with little to zero efforts.
The app existed in Windows since its third version, Windows 3.1 under the name Write. It survived many releases and has got nice improvements over time, such as the above mentioned ODF support and a nicer UI. So the app has a strong fan base who miss it a lot.
Starting with Build 26020, if you clean install Windows 11, you won't have WordPad. It is no longer shipped, is not available as a feature on-demand, and in the Store. It is not even listed in the Start menu.
That's why a custom package has been created for everyone who miss the app.
To get WordPad back in Windows 11, do the following.
Download WordPad for Windows 11
- Navigate to the following website and download the WordPad installer.
- Run it and follow the simple steps of the setup program.
- Specify the desired folder where the app files will be stored. By default it installs to Program files\wordpad.
- Now choose to create a desktop shortcut for either current user or all users, and finish the setup.
- Finally, you can launch WordPad from the desktop shortcut or from the Start menu.
You are done.
The package is built with original app files, of the latest version released by Microsoft. They are not modified or tampered with.
The package supports all multi-lingual resources and installs them when needed. So the app will always be in your operating system's language, e.g. in an OS with the German MUI it will be in German, in Finnish Windows it will be in Finnish and so on. Here's the list of all supported locales:
ar-sa, bg-bg, cs-cz, da-dk, de-de, el-gr, en-gb, en-us, es-es, es-mx, et-ee, fi-fi, fr-ca, fr-fr, he-il, hr-hr, hu-hu, it-it, ja-jp, ko-kr, lt-lt, lv-lv, nb-no, nl-nl, pl-pl, pt-br, pt-pt, ro-ro, ru-ru, sk-sk, sl-si, sr-latn-rs, sv-se, th-th, tr-tr, uk-ua, zh-cn, zh-hk, zh-tw.
The installer uses a smart detection of locales and won't fill your drive with MUI files that you have no use for.
The installer will also register
write.exe aliases, so if you used to launch it from the Run dialog (Win + R) with these commands, they will continue to work.
Finally, you can uninstall the package like any other app.
For that, right-click the Start menu button and select Installed apps.
In the list of apps, scroll down to WordPad, click the three dots button, and select Uninstall. This will remove all traces and files of the app.
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