The Run window in Windows allows you to run quick commands, start programs, open files or folders, all by typing a quick command and clicking OK or pressing Enter. Even though it doesn’t have a very visible shortcut in recent versions of Windows, this tool still exists and there are many ways to access it. Here’s how to open the Run window in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10:
1. Use the Windows + R keyboard shortcut
This method is universal in all versions of Windows and it is also the fastest. Press simultaneously the Windows and R keys on your keyboard and the Run window is displayed immediately.
2. Use Search
As always in Windows, using Search is a great idea to find just about anything. If you are using Windows 10, type the word “run” inside Cortana’s search box and click or tap the appropriate search result.
In Windows 8.1, go to the Start screen and start typing the word “run”. Then, click or tap the Run search result.
In Windows 7, click the Start button and type the word “run” in Start Menu’s search box. Then, click the Run search result.
3. Use the Start Menu or the Apps View
If you use Windows 10, press the Start button to open the Start Menu.
Then, click or tap “All Apps -> Windows System -> Run”.
If you are using Windows 8.1, open the Apps View. Scroll the list of apps to the right and go to “Windows System -> Run”.
In Windows 7, open the Start Menu and then click “All Programs -> Accessories -> Run”.
It’s a bit confusing that Microsoft has changed the folder for the Run shortcut in each version of Windows.
4. Use the Win + X power user menu (Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 only)
Both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have a hidden power user menu that includes a shortcut for the Run window. There are many ways to access this menu, the easiest being to use the Windows + X keyboard shortcut. If you want to learn more about this menu and how to open it, read this guide: What Is The WinX Menu & How To Access It?.
Here’s how this menu looks in Windows 8.1:
As you can see, the Run shortcut is easily accessible.
These are all the methods we know for opening the Run window and all of them work in modern Windows operating systems, without making any special configuration in the operating system. We used only the default configuration of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. If you know other methods, don’t hesitate to share them below.