10 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? Some people have, us included, so we thought it would be a good idea to make a list with all the methods available for starting this tool. Read on and see them all:

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

1. Launch the Command Prompt using search (in Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1)

In Windows 10, one of the fastest ways to launch Command Prompt is to use search. Inside the search field from your taskbar, enter command or cmd. Then, click or tap on the Command Prompt result.

If you want to launch Command Prompt as administrator, right-click (or tap and hold, if you use a touchscreen) on the Command Prompt search result, and then click/tap on "Run as administrator."

Search is also very helpful in Windows 7. In this operating system, open the Start Menu, type command or cmd in the search field, and then press Enter or click on the Command Prompt shortcut.

To run Command Prompt as administrator, right-click on it and then click on the "Run as administrator" option from the contextual menu.

In Windows 8.1, switch to the Start screen and start typing command or cmd. Then, once the search results are displayed, press Enter on your keyboard or click/tap on the Command Prompt shortcut.

To run Command Prompt as administrator, right-click on its shortcut and then click/tap on "Run as administrator".

2. Launch the Command Prompt using Cortana (Windows 10 only)

If you use Windows 10 and you have a microphone installed on your computer or device, you can also tell Cortana what you want to do. Say "Hey Cortana" if you enabled her to answer you anytime you call for her, or click/tap on the microphone icon from the search field on your taskbar. Then, ask Cortana to "launch Command Prompt."

In just a moment, Cortana understands what you want and immediately launches the Command Prompt. Unfortunately, there is no command you could use to ask Cortana to launch Command Prompt as administrator.

3. Launch the Command Prompt using the Run window (in Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1)

One of the quickest ways to launch the Command Prompt, in any modern version of Windows, is to use the Run window. A fast way to launch this window is to press the Win + R keys on your keyboard. Then, type cmd or cmd.exe and press Enter or click/tap OK.

4. Launch the Command Prompt from the Start Menu (in Windows 10 and Windows 7) or from the Start Screen (in Windows 8.1)

In Windows 10, open the Start Menu and go to the Windows System shortcuts folder. There, you can find a shortcut for Command Prompt.

If you want to run Command Prompt as administrator, right-click (or tap and hold, if you have a touchscreen) on its shortcut, then open the More sub-menu and finally, click or tap on "Run as administrator."

If you are using Windows 7, open the Start Menu and go to All Programs. Then, open Accessories and click the Command Prompt shortcut.

To run it as administrator, right-click on its shortcut and then click the "Run as administrator" option.

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, click or tap the Command Prompt shortcut.

If you want to run Command Prompt with administrative privileges, right-click (or tap and hold on it) and then click/tap on the "Run as administrator" option.

Read the second page of this article to learn more ways of opening the Command Prompt in any modern version of Windows.