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Notepad and Paint Become Optional Features in Windows 10


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In future versions of Windows 10, Microsoft is making it so you can now completely uninstall the venerable Notepad, Paint, and WordPad programs from the operating system.




The popular Notepad and Paint programs have been automatically installed by the Windows operating system since 1985 when Windows 1.0 was released. WordPad was also automatically installed starting in 1995 as part of the Windows 95 operating system and has provided users with a basic document editor integrated into the operating system.


These programs, though, could not normally be uninstalled from Windows.


In Windows 10 Insider Build 19551, we now see that Microsoft has made these programs optional features that you can uninstall if you wish using the 'Optional features' control panel.



Optional features control panel



According to WindowsLatest, Microsoft Paint and Wordpad are already slated to become optional features in the upcoming Windows 2004 (20H1) build being released in the Spring.


When uninstalling the programs, you will be prompted to restart Windows. After Windows has been restarted, the programs will be entirely removed and even searching for them does not prompt you to reinstall them again.



Notepad Uninstalled



For now, these programs will continue to be installed by default, which makes sense as they take up little space (Microsoft Paint is 6.58 MB, Notepad is 627 KB, and WordPad is 6.24 MB) and are useful to those who do not need more feature-rich alternatives.


By being able to remove them, though, it allows users to install more feature-rich replacements in an easier and more organized manner.

Much easier to install Notepad replacements

Over the years, Windows users have become comfortable launching Notepad by simply typing Notepad and pressing enter in the Run dialog box or the Start Menu search field.


As Windows Notepad is a system program located in C:\Windows, installing a Notepad replacement like Notepad2 and Notepad++ and being able to launch them using the 'Notepad' command has never been simple.


To do so, users would need to make changes to the Registry using the "Image File Execution Options" key.


Now that users can uninstall Windows Notepad completely, they will be able to rename a Notepad replacement's executable to Notepad, add the replacement program's folder to the system PATH, and launch the new text editor as if it was Notepad.



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4 minutes ago, Edward Raja said:

Is this step is the same for Notepad++? As the guide only shows steps for Notepad2.

You know what a web search on Google or DuckDuckgo  is ?  Plenty of guides  to anything  you want to  do.


Heres one even. Replacing Notepad with Notepad++ in Windows compare them and see 



Not trying to be a :moon:hole  or nothing but it's annoying to bring  me back me back this post  to ask  a question  that you could easy researched for yourself .i dont use  windows 10 or Notepad++ I only have Windows 8.1 and   I'm  on Linux and using XED editor ATM

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