How to uninstall or install WordPad in Windows 11

If you are looking to uninstall/install WordPad, then you are at the right place.


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WordPad is an application program that comes built-in with Windows, just like the integrated Notepad. It’s a simple word processor that helps you type letters, notes, or other documents. WordPad also supports many of the same formatting commands as Microsoft Word does. Although it’s basic text editor, it’s pretty useful for users who want to make a note of something urgently, or even create important documents in the absence of Word document. However, if you want more features than what this program offers, you can uninstall it and install Microsoft Word.

With Windows 10 you get an option to uninstall the WordPad and now, even Windows 11 allows you to remove the app. The WordPad works as a complete Word document and can be a great replacement for the Notepad++ for many. While the Notepad++ is a free app and is popular with many users, just like the Notepad, the WordPad allows you do much more with its advanced features like the option to format texts, align text, add pictures, change font name or color, and more.

At the same time, there are a lot of advanced functions that the WordPad does not support, like the adding a table, changing the color of the background, checking grammar, etc. And, these broad functions are offered by Microsoft Word. So, if the WordPad features are good enough for your daily requirements, you can install the same, or uninstall it and get the MS Word.

Here’s how you can  uninstall and install WordPad in Windows 11.

 

How to Uninstall WordPad in Windows 11

If you are looking to install an advanced Word document with better features like the Microsoft Word and uninstall the WordPad app, then follow the below instructions:

 

Step 1:Go to the Start icon, right-click on it and select Settings from the context menu.

 

Start Right Click Settings

 


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Step 2: In the Settings app that opens, on the left side of the pane, click on the Apps option.

 

Settings Apps

 

Step 3: Now, on the right side of the window, click on Optional features.

 

Settings Apps Optional Features

 

Step 4: Next, in the Optional features settings, go to the right side of the window and under the Installed features, scroll down towards the bottom to find the WordPad app.

Click on the down arrow next to it to expand the section and click on Uninstall.

 

Apps Optional Features Installed Features Wordpad Uninstall Min

 

Now, wait for it to get uninstalled. Once uninstalled, you can exit the Settings window and continue to install an advanced Word app.

How to Install WordPad in Windows 11

 

If due to some reason, you want to re-install the WordPad again at a later date, you can do so easily through App settings. Let’s see how:

 

Step 1: Press the Win + I keys together on your keyboard to launch the Settings app.

Step 2: In the Settings window, click on Apps on the left side of the pane.

 

Settings Apps

 

Step 3: Now, go to the right side and click on Optional features.

 

Settings Apps Optional Features

 

Step 4: In the Optional features settings window, navigate to the right side and next to Add an optional feature option, click on View features.

 

Apps Optional Features Add An Optional Feature View Features

 

Step 5: In the Add an optional feature window, type WordPad in the search field and the results will automatically appear below.

 

Add An Optional Feature Search For Wordpad

 


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Step 6: Go to WordPad and check the box next to it.

Click Next to proceed.

 

Add An Optional Feature Wordpad Check Box Next Min

 

Step 7: In the next section, click on the Install button at the bottom.

 

Add An Optional Feature Wordpad Install

 

Now, wait for the app to be installed.

Once completed, close the Settings app and you should now be able to use the WordPad app back again.

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