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How to fix Windows 11 notepad crashing issue?

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Are you facing Windows 11 Notepad crashing issue? Notepad is a simple and useful text editor that comes preinstalled with Windows 11. It allows you to create and edit plain text files, store temporary notes, write codes, and more.

However, people have reported that the Notepad keeps closing automatically or crashing while open, causing them to lose important work.

Fortunately, there are a few fixes that you can try to resolve the Notepad crashing issue in Windows 11. But before that, let us understand why Notepad crashes on Windows 11.


Why does Notepad crash on Windows 11?

There are several possible reasons why Notepad may crash on Windows 11, such as:

  • Bug in the application: A bug in the Notepad app itself. Some users have noticed that Notepad 11 (version 11.2302) closes automatically without prompting for confirmation, even if there are unsaved changes. This may be due to a glitch in the app that Microsoft needs to fix.
  • Corrupted system files: If some of the system files related to Notepad are damaged or missing, the app may not function properly and crash unexpectedly.
  • Software conflict: If you have installed or updated any other software recently, it may interfere with Notepad and cause it to close automatically.
  • Virus or malware infection: If a malicious program infects your computer, it may affect Notepad and other apps and make them unstable or unresponsive.

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How to fix the Notepad crashing issue on Windows 11?

Here are a few fixes that you can try:

Update Notepad

Have you not updated the Notepad application in a while? If not, then you should probably do it asap.

Step 1: Press the Windows key + S and type store. Click on Microsoft Store.

Step 2: Type Notepad in the search box at the top.

If you have any updates available, you will see the Update button. Just click on the button to start the update.


Repair Notepad

Another option is to repair Notepad using the built-in troubleshooter. This will scan and fix any issues with the app’s files or components.

To do this, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the Windows key + I to open Settings and then navigate to Apps > Installed Apps.

Step 2: Locate Notepad and click the three-dot icon on the right. Click on the Advanced options from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Here click on Repair.

Also read: Fix: Updates are underway in Windows 11 


Reset Notepad

If repairing the Notepad didn’t work, you can try resetting it to its default settings. This will clear any corrupted or faulty data that may cause the app to crash.

The Reset option is available just below the Repair option. Follow the steps mentioned in the Repair Notepad section to reach the Reset option.


Run Check Disk

Check Disk (CHKDSK) is another built-in tool that scans your disk drives and fixes errors or bad sectors. This can help fix Notepad’s crashing issue in Windows 11.

Check out our detailed article on how to run Check Disk.

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Run a malware scan

You can download any standard anti-virus on your computer and perform a quick or detailed scan to detect any malicious programs. This will fix the Notepad crashing issue in Windows 11.

Windows also provide an in-built virus detection software. Type Windows Security in the taskbar search space and click on the software. Here, select Virus and threat protection and then run a full scan.


Run the DISM command

Try running a DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command. This will scan and repair any corrupted system files that may affect Notepad and other apps.

Head to our detailed guide on how to run the DISM command in Windows.

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Reinstall Notepad

If none of the above solutions works, you can reinstall Notepad completely. This will ensure you have a fresh app copy without any errors or conflicts.

To uninstall Notepad, go to Settings > Installed apps > Notepad. Here, click on the three dots and then select Advanced options.

After that, click on Uninstall to delete the Notepad application from your PC.

Once uninstalling the application, head to the Microsoft Store and download a fresh copy of Notepad.

We hope these seven fixes will help you resolve the Notepad crashing issue on Windows 11.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: [email protected]

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