AlternativeTo Logo

WordPad Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to WordPad for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Notion. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try LibreOffice - Writer or Apache OpenOffice Writer. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to WordPad and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to WordPad are Microsoft Word, Scrivener, FocusWriter and AppFlowy.

WordPad alternatives are mainly Word Processors but may also be Note-taking Tools or Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WordPad.
This page was last updated
WordPad iconWordPad
  47
  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

WordPad is a simple word processor that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onwards....

Learn more about WordPad

  1. Notion icon

    With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownNotion supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXNotion supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Notion simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableNotion is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Notion.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Notion.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingNotion supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
    Notion vs WordPad opinions
    pros, cons and recent comments
    flcferreira

    Notion is a great promise if and only if you are to take the time needed for the learning curve. It is so heavy in features that it does not compare to the simplicity of Wordpad. Notion's thing is to allow the creation of personal databases. Wordpad's thing is to simply write some text that doesn't require heavy editting.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    1
    playmobilmeister

    more advanced, but still quote easy to use as a simple text editor

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    0
  2. Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool.

    ⚫︎ PortableLibreOffice - Writer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingLibreOffice - Writer can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedLibreOffice - Writer is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
    LibreOffice - Writer vs WordPad opinions
    Some users think LibreOffice - Writer is a great alternative to WordPad, some don't.

    Very much like Microsoft Office and Wordpad combined! Extremely easy to use interface and has no limited features! Best of all FREE! Unlike Micro's BS greed, they want you to pay for a better notepad alternative and there it was just sitting around the corners of the net while many of no-brainers like me had no clue such an amazing thing like Libre exist! Thank you very much Libre! You saved not only our time searching further but also saved our wallets!

    Top positive comment   ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    1

    Using it to write my novels. Paying for Wordpad isn't necessary as long as I have this software.

    Top positive comment   ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    -2
    flcferreira

    Writer is great for heavy text processing work. But the intention of using Wordpad or something alike is to have a lighter, faster, simpler text processor that is not as simple as Notepad.

    Top negative comment   ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    2
    richarddraucker

    Suggesting LibreOffice Writer as an alternative to Wordpad is like suggesting a Boeing 787 as an alternative to a Cessna single engine 2 seater.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    1

    Wordpad is too simple compared to Wordpad. I'm looking for a super lightweight word processor like Wordpad for Linux so I can quickly write simple RTF documents when I don't need the features of LibreOffice. LibreOffice has more features but isn't as lightweight and fast.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    11


  3. Microsoft Word icon

    Microsoft Word

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad

    Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeMicrosoft Word supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingMicrosoft Word can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Microsoft Word simultaneously.
    Suggest and vote on features
    New document view
    Microsoft Word vs WordPad opinions
    Some users think Microsoft Word is a great alternative to WordPad, some don't.
    flcferreira

    It isn't cheap. And it may be heavier to load than Wordpad. Otherwise, it is a great option.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    0

    is a superset of wordpad so yes you can use word to fully replace word pad.

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    -2

    Wordpad comes with Windows, but Word is commercial and has more features than Wordpad. Word may have more features, but is slower, while Wordpad is super lightweight and simple. I'm looking for a lightweight and fast word processor for Linux so I can write quick RTF documents when I don't need the advanced features of a full-fledged word processor, like Wordpad for Windows.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    0

    Not lightweight, costs a decent amount of money. In short, not suitable if you only need something comparable to MS Wordpad.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    3
  4. Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingScrivener supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXScrivener supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
  5. Apache OpenOffice Writer icon

    Apache OpenOffice Writer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor.

    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingApache OpenOffice Writer can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Main window


  6. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableFocusWriter is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Distraction-freeFocusWriter has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    ⚫︎ PortableFocusWriter can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
  7. AppFlowy icon

    AppFlowy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    AppFlowy is an open source alternative to Notion. You are in charge of your data and customizations.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedAppFlowy is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
  8. Walling icon

    Walling

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • iPhone
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Working on a project, researching a topic or writing an article? Walling makes it easy to break down your ideas, refine them and visually organize them.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Walling simultaneously.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
  9. Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.

    ⚫︎ LightweightNotepad consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
    Notepad vs WordPad opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Notepad is still a legitimate alternative to WordPad, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    It's s a text editor, not a RTF editor like Wordpad. If you are looking for an alternative to wordpad, this has nothing to do with it.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    6
  10. WPS Writer, part of WPS Office , is dependable and fast word processing software that is highly compatible with Microsoft Word , and can read and edit DOC and DOCX formats.

    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingWPS Writer can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    Suggest and vote on features
    No screenshots yet
    WPS Writer vs WordPad opinions
    pros, cons and recent comments

    Modern Microsoft Word Look-Alike that opens MUCH faster than Word! Has EVERYTHING you need. Not as bloated as Libre. Stable, Familiar UI, and most importantly....FREE!

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    0
Showing 10 of 54 alternatives