How to Add Notepad to Desktop in Windows 11

Notepad is an excellent app for quickly taking notes or writing relatively short text documents that you want to save as a plain text file. It is a built-in basic text editor that comes preinstalled in every Windows OS version up to the latest Windows 11.

Notepad does not have a desktop shortcut on Windows by default. To access Notepad like how we usually would, we will have to either launch it from the Start menu’s “All apps” section or manually search for the app via the Start search bar.

However, if you prefer to open Notepad through a desktop shortcut like how you open other apps, you can create a desktop shortcut for Notepad. This guide will show you how to add Notepad to desktop in Windows 11.

How to Add Notepad to Desktop in Windows 11

Also see: How to Recover Unsaved Notepad in Windows 11

How to put Notepad on Desktop Windows 11

The instruction below will show you how to create Notepad icon on desktop in Windows 11, so that you can quickly open Notepad from its desktop shortcut icon instead of having to open it through the Start menu.

To put Notepad on desktop in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the Start menu and search for “Apps:Notepad“. Right-click the Notepad.exe below “Apps” (not the “Best match for apps” section) and select “Open file location“.Create Notepad desktop shortcut Windows 11
    Alternatively, you can open Notepad file location by manually navigating to the following directory in File Explorer.

    C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsNotepad_11.2206.17.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Notepad
  2. In the folder where Notepad.exe resides, right-click the Notepad.exe and select “Show more options“.Notepad Show more options
  3. Next, in the longer context menu, mouse over “Send to” and then select “Desktop (create shortcut)“.How to put Notepad on Desktop Windows 11
  4. A desktop shortcut for Notepad.exe will then be created on your desktop in Windows 11.How to create Notepad icon on desktop in Windows 11

Related: How to Create “This PC” Shortcut on Desktop in Windows 11

Pin Notepad to taskbar for even quicker access

Alternatively, you can also pin Notepad to the taskbar for even quicker launching (basically with a single-click on the Notepad icon). You can do so by first searching for Notepad via the Start menu. Then, right-click Notepad from the search result and select “Pin to taskbar“.

Pin Notepad to taskbar Windows 11

After pinning the Notepad app to the taskbar, you can quickly launch the app by single-clicking the Notepad app’s icon on the taskbar.

Pin Notepad to taskbar for even quicker access

Pin Notepad to Start menu

Another method to quickly launch Notepad would be to pin the app to the Pinned section in the Start menu on Windows 11. Though it may not be as efficient as the other methods mentioned previously, it is still a faster method than manually searching for the Notepad app and launching it through the Start menu.

When you open the Start menu in Windows 11, you will see a section called Pinned. This is the area where all the apps you have pinned to Start appear. To pin Notepad to Start, search for Notepad in the Start menu. Next, right-click the app and select “Pin to Start“.

Notepad Pin to Start Windows 11

Once the Notepad app is pinned to the Start menu in Windows 11, go to the Start menu and left-click the Notepad app in the Pinned section to launch the app. You may need to scroll down the Pinned section if the list of apps exceeds the displayable area.

Pin Notepad to Start menu

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Published by Nyau Wai Hoe - Updated on
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