7 Ways To Launch The Command Prompt In Windows

Geeks and IT professionals love the Command Prompt and for good reason - it allows you to do many administrative tasks with ease. But what are all the possible ways to launch it? Have you thought about that? We did, and we have come up with 7 methods for launching this tool. Do you know other methods?

NOTE: This guide applies to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

1. Launch The Command Prompt Using Search Or Cortana

Search is very helpful. In Windows 7, open the Start Menu and type command or cmd.

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Then, click the Command Prompt search result.

In Windows 8.1, switch to the Start screen and type command or cmd.

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Then, click or tap the Command Prompt search result.

In Windows 10, you can use Cortana to search for, and launch the Command Prompt. Inside Cortana's search field, enter command or cmd. Then, click or tap on the Command Prompt result.

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Alternatively, if you have a microphone installed on your device, you can simply tell Cortana what you want to do. Click or tap on the microphone icon in Cortana's search field and tell her to "Launch Command Prompt".

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In just a moment, Cortana will understand what you want and immediately launch the Command Prompt window.

2. Launch The Command Prompt From The Run Window

One of the quickest ways to launch the Command Prompt is to use the Run window (press Win+R on your keyboard to open it).

Then, type cmd or cmd.exe and press Enter or click/tap OK.

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3. Launch It From The Start Menu/Screen

If you are using Windows 7, open the Start Menu and go to All Programs -> Accessories. There you will find the Command Prompt shortcut.

Command Prompt, launch, run, open, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

In Windows 8.1, go to the Start screen. Click or tap on All apps and scroll right, until you find the Windows System folder. There you will see the Command Prompt shortcut.

Command Prompt, launch, run, open, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

In Windows 10, open the Start Menu and go to All apps -> Windows System. There you will find the Command Prompt shortcut.

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About the Author: Codrut Neagu
Codrut is a Senior Editor on Digital Citizen. He has studies in IT, telecom and law. He's passionate about technology and he is fluent in working with several operating systems, including Windows and Linux. He likes to test security products and he feels like at home when digging through the registry, optimizing things or having fun on Telnet.