CMD (Command Prompt) is an important tool we have on Windows 10 and older versions like Windows 8.1. Here’s how to open Command Prompt in Windows 10, using different ways.
The Command Prompt is a command-line interpreter that is most popular on Windows, and Windows 10 brought it with additional ways to open it.
While you can do these methods on Windows 10, you can also do some of these in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
- 1 How to Open Command Prompt in Windows 10 through the Run Dialog Box
- 2 Open Command Prompt Through the Task Manager
- 3 Windows+X Menu on Windows 10
- 4 Opening Command Prompt in Start Menu
- 5 Open Command Prompt through the Search
- 6 Running CMD through the File Explorer’s Address Bar
- 7 Open CMD by Navigating to the File Itself
- 8 Create Shortcut for CMD to Open It Easily from the Desktop
How to Open Command Prompt in Windows 10 through the Run Dialog Box
The Run dialog box is a quick way to open programs or software, and one of them is CMD (Command Prompt). You can open CMD by using this simplest method. You can also use CMD to open files.
Just press Windows Logo+R on your keyboard at the same time. You should see a Run dialog box. Now, begin typing “cmd”. Then, press Enter.
Command Prompt should be opened after you press Enter.
That’s the easiest way to open Command Prompt. Want to do the harder one?
Open Command Prompt Through the Task Manager
The Task Manager is simply an interface that shows a list of tasks, services, programs, and other stuff that are running on your computer. You can also run a new task, and open CMD through that.
To do this, just right-click the Taskbar. Click Task Manager.
You should now see the Task Manager. Click File, and then choose Run new task.
Now, type CMD then press Enter. You can also check the Create this task with administrative privileges to open the Command Prompt as an administrator, to gain more access to the system stuff.
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Windows+X Menu on Windows 10
Windows 10 has the Windows+X menu which contains some important tools, including the Command Prompt. But, it is set by default to show the PowerShell menu instead.
Learn how to change it to the Command Prompt on the Windows+X menu, so you can open the CMD through the easiest way.
Opening Command Prompt in Start Menu
Windows 10 brings Command Prompt in Start Menu. It’s located in the Windows System folder. You can also do more customization in Windows 10’s Start menu.
Now, just open the Start menu by clicking the Windows logo. Scroll down until you find the “W” section. Open the Windows System folder. Then click Command Prompt.
Open Command Prompt through the Search
Windows 10’s latest update brought a new feature that separates Cortana from the Windows Search. It’s a really nice change since some people just don’t like Cortana and want to use the search feature instead. If you don’t like it, you can also disable Cortana on Windows 10.
You can open the Search bar. Begin typing “cmd”. Then, click Command Prompt.
Running CMD through the File Explorer’s Address Bar
The Windows 10’s File Explorer allows you to open up Command Prompt easily from the address bar. This makes it so much easier to access CMD if you’re already on File Explorer.
Just begin typing “cmd” in the address bar. Then press Enter.
CMD is originally placed in the System32 folder. While you can use other easier ways to open CMD, you can also do this if you just want to.
Simply navigate to this location:
Then, simply double-click the cmd.exe file.
Create Shortcut for CMD to Open It Easily from the Desktop
You can do this way if you’re mostly working with CMD. Creating a shortcut on the desktop makes it easy to access something.
Just show the desktop on Windows 10. Right-click, then choose New. Choose Shortcut.
Type “cmd.exe” in the location. Click Next.
Now, the Command Prompt can be easily opened from the desktop.
Windows 10 has some methods for you to open CMD. If you regularly work with CMD, there’s the need to learn how to open it in different ways. If you really need it, you can create a shortcut to it on the desktop. That’s a lot easier.