One of the most common utilities you will encounter in Windows is Notepad. Apart from being the default viewer and editor for text files, it’s also used by Windows to edit several other file format types such as batch files, registry files, and scripts. It’s not the most advanced text editing utility around, but the fact Notepad has remained almost unchanged for decades says it does just enough for most people.
One of the problems with Notepad is it’s very easy to change certain things like the default font, and if you or someone else has changed anything about the font, there is nothing in the program that allows you to reset the setting back to the default. If you have children in the family or like to experiment with various settings yourself, it’s easy to mistakenly set the font to something else entirely.
Of course, you’re free to use whatever font you choose that’s on your system. But after using Notepad for so many years, it might look a bit odd with anything other than the default font and you may want it set back.
To set Notepad back to the default font and size in Windows is really very easy, and the issue is more about knowing which font is used as opposed to how to change it. Just follow the simple instructions below.
Open Notepad on whichever Windows operating system you are using, click on the Format menu, and select Font…
For Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7
Windows retained the same default font in Notepad for about a decade from Windows 2000 up to Windows 7. It’s called Lucida Console.
Select Lucida Console for the Font from the list, the Regular Font Style with a Size of 10, followed by clicking OK to save the changes. The Script type should also be Western.
For Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and 11
For Windows 8 in 2012, Microsoft decided to change the default font in Notepad to go with the radical new look of the operating system. That font is still the same today in Windows 10 and 11, it’s called Consolas.
Set the Font in Notepad to Consolas, a Regular Font Style, and a new size of 11. Obviously, if you don’t like this newer font and prefer the old one from Windows XP or 7, you can always change it to Lucida Console with a size of 10, or vice versa.
Although Notepad stores whatever font you used last as the new default, Windows Wordpad doesn’t seem to have this problem because whenever you open a new empty document, it will always use the default font which is Calibri with font size 11.
Resetting Notepad to The Default Font Via The Registry
If for some reason you have problems changing the font through the Notepad program itself, it’s possible to reset the font from the system registry. There is a key in the registry that holds the few settings that are available in Notepad, including font information, word wrap, status bar, window position, and window size.
Download the .REG file above that matches your operating system, and import the file into the registry by double clicking on it. This will reset just the font settings back to the defaults, nothing else will be touched. If Notepad is open, the settings will reset on the next launch although it’s best to do this while Notepad is not running.
Completely Resetting Notepad Settings to Default
There is also a way to reset Notepad completely back to all default settings. This will restore the default font, the window size and position, set word wrap to off, and show the status bar. It simply involves deleting the entire key for Notepad in the registry. The program will recreate new defaults when it runs next time. Download the following .REG registry file and import it into the registry to delete the key.