7 Ways to Open Command Prompt in Windows 11/10

If you always work with CMD, you probably need to read this. Here’s how to open Command Prompt in Windows 11/10 using many different methods.

navigating to the cmd app

CMD (Command Prompt) is an important tool we have on Windows 11, Windows 10, and older versions like Windows 8.1. Here’s how to open Command Prompt in Windows 11/10, 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, and is slightly different from Windows 11.

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, as well as Windows 11, with some differences in the interface.

How to Open Command Prompt in Windows 11/10 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.

opening command prompt through the run dialog box

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.

opening command prompt through the task manager

You should now see the Task Manager. Click File, and then choose Run new task.

creating a task in windows 10

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 11/10

command prompt windows+x menu

Windows 11/10 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 the easiest way.

Opening Command Prompt in Start Menu

Windows 11/10 brings Command Prompt in Start Menu. It’s located in the Windows System folder. You can also do more customization in Windows 11/10’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.

command prompt in start menu windows 10

Open Command Prompt through the Search

Windows 10’s latest update brought a new feature that separates Cortana from 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 11/10.

You can open the Search bar. Begin typing “cmd”. Then, click Command Prompt.

command prompt through the search

Running CMD through the File Explorer’s Address Bar

Windows 11/10’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.

opening cmd in file explorer

Open CMD by Navigating to the File Itself

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.

navigating to the cmd app

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 11/10. Right-click, then choose New. Choose Shortcut.

creating shortcut to open cmd

Type “cmd.exe” in the location. Click Next.

command prompt cmd

Now, the Command Prompt can be easily opened from the desktop.

opening command prompt through 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.

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