[Tip] Get Classic Wordpad (without Ribbons) in Windows 7 and Later

Someone asked us how can he get the good ol' classic Wordpad and Paint programs back in Windows 7 as he can't get used to the new ribbon interface. So here we'll tell you a way to get the classic Wordpad and Paint apps back in Windows 7 and later OS.

Actually Windows 7 supports the old Wordpad and Paint.

Following tutorial shows you how to get classic Paint app working in Windows 7:

[Tip] Get Classic MS Paint (without Ribbons) in Windows 7 and Later

And here is the step-by-step tutorial to get classic Wordpad program working in Windows 7:

Get Classic Wordpad Program Without Ribbon UI in Windows 7:

If you have Windows Vista installed along with Windows 7 in your computer, you can directly run the "wordpad.exe" file present in "C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories" folder and it'll run the old Wordpad without any problem.

But if you don't have Windows Vista installed, you can download the classic Wordpad program from following link:

Download Classic Wordpad Program

You can create a shortcut of Wordpad EXE file at Desktop or pin the shortcut to Taskbar or Start Menu for quick and easy access.

Replace New Wordpad App with Classic Wordpad in Windows 7:

If you want to completely replace the new Wordpad in Windows 7 with the old Wordpad program, you can follow these simple and easy to use steps:

1. Open following folder:

C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories

You can also open it by typing the path in RUN dialog box and press Enter.

2. Now take ownership of "wordpad.exe" file. To take ownership, check out following tutorials:

[Guide] How to Take Ownership (Permission) of a File or Folder Manually in Windows?

Add Take Ownership Option in File / Folder Context Menu in Windows Vista and 7

3. Now rename the "wordpad.exe" file to "wordpad_backup.exe".

4. Now go to "en-US" folder and take ownership of "wordpad.exe.mui" file.  After taking ownership rename the file to "wordpad_backup.exe.mui".

5. Now copy "wordpad.exe" file from downloaded ZIP file and paste it in "C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories" folder.


Do the same thing for "wordpad.exe.mui" file, copy it from downloaded ZIP file and paste in "C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\en-US" folder.


NOTE: If you are using a different language edition of Windows, replace the wordpad.exe.MUI file in your local language folder as well. For example, Czech locale users will need to replace wordpad.exe.MUI file in cs-CZ folder along with en-US folder.

That's it. Now Windows 7 will start using the classic Wordpad program without ribbons.

If you want to restore the new Wordpad program in future, simply delete the new "wordpad.exe" and "wordpad.exe.mui" files and then rename the backup files to their default names.

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