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10 Ways to Open the Command Prompt in Windows 10




The command prompt has been around forever, and it is still a fantastic resource to get available while it may not be useful in Windows as one would expect. Now we are showing you all the different ways to open the command prompt. We are betting you do not understand them all.

Obviously, should you understand them all, pat yourself on the back. And it is worth noting this post is founded on Windows 10 but the bulk of them should work in earlier versions as well

Open Command Prompt from Win+X Power Menu

Press “Win + X”, and click/tap on Command Prompt, or Command Prompt (Admin) to open it in Administrator mode.









Open Command Prompt from Task Manager

Open Task Manager with more details. Choose File and then Run New Task. Type cmd or cmd.exe, and hit OK to open up a regular command prompt. You can also check the box to open as administrator.









Open a Command Prompt in Admin Mode from Task Manager the Secret Easy Way

To open a command prompt in Administrator mode from the Task Manager, you can hold the CTRL key while clicking File -> Run New Task and it’ll immediately open an administrator mode command prompt.









Open Command Prompt from Search

It is simple to open the command prompt by typing “cmd” into the search box (Win S). Instead, click/tap on the microphone icon in Cortana’s search area and say “Start Command Prompt”.

To open type cmd into the search box, Administrator, and right -click and select Run as Administrator, or emphasize the result together with the arrow keys and press CTRL SHIFT INPUT to open an administrator mode command prompt.









Open Command Prompt from All Apps in Start Menu

Open the Start menu, and click/tap on All apps at the bottom.






In All apps, scroll down and expand the Windows System folder, then click/tap on Command Prompt.







Open Command Prompt from File Explorer

Open File Explorer, and navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder, and click/tap on cmd.exe. You can actually do this from any file browser window by right-clicking on cmd.exe and choosing Open.








Open Command Prompt from Run

Press the “Win + R” key to open RUN dialog box. Type cmd, and click/tap on OK.








Open Command Prompt from Explorer Address Bar

Open File Explorer, and click/tap on its address bar (or press “Alt + D” on your keyboard). Now simply type cmd in the address bar and it’ll open the command prompt with the path to your current folder already set.







Open Command Prompt Here from File Menu

Open File Explorer, select or open a folder or drive in which you would like to open the command prompt from. Click/pat on the “File” tab on the Ribbon, and choose “Open command prompt”. It’s two choices:

Opens a Command Prompt within the currently selected folder with permissions that are normal.
Opens a Command Prompt.













Open Command Window Here in File Explorer

O open a Command Prompt window in drive or just about any folder, hold down the shift key and right-click on the folder or drive. Right-click on a folder or empty space in the right hand pane of Explorer while holding down the SHIFT key, and from the context menu, select “Open command window here”. The prompt chooses the path of the folder from where it’s opened.












Note that normally you have to press the shift key to get that option. To make this option permanent, follow this simple registry hack.

Create a Shortcut for Command Prompt on the Desktop

Right-click an empty spot on the Desktop. From the context menu, select “New > Shortcut”.














In the box labeled “Type the location of the item,” enter “cmd.exe”.












Press “Next”, give the shortcut a name and choose “Finish”.












If you want to open the command prompt in Administrator mode, right-click on the new shortcut icon and choose “Properties” from the context menu. Click the “Advanced” button and check “Run as administrator”.
















Now you have created a shortcut that will open the command prompt with administrative privileges when double-clicked.


















































































































































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