33 replies on How to open Command Prompt (14 ways)

  1. Joe Oloughlin says:

    along with this how about some comment
    about expanding and keeping a bigger
    dos box available

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      I am not sure I understand very well what you are requesting.

      • Bamit says:

        To answer Joe’s comment;
        If the DOS cmd window is already open, then left click the tiny icon of the c: on the upper left of the window. Go to properties then make adjustments under the Layout tab.
        If it is from a shortcut that you created and you want it to always be the same, just right click on the shortcut, goto properties then layout.

    • K. RAVI BABU says:

      In windows7(accessing command prompt) :
      =>1. click f1(universal help button). It open s a window.
      =>2. Type in search box “open command prompt” and click enter
      =>3. open the link “open a command prompt window” then you get link to open command prompt

  2. Kareena says:

    There is one more way that I know of and its great if your on the directory you want to use because it takes it straight to that.

    You just shift + right click on the file/folder you want to use it for, and click the option ‘open command prompt here’.

    Hope that made sense 🙂

  3. Gilad Tabul says:

    Hi! Can’t you also go to Notepad and type in “command.com” and then save the file as a *.bat file?

  4. geets says:

    another tip: if you’re in windows explorer, click in the path (will highlight path) and type cmd and hit enter on keyboard (I know it seems like you overwrite the path, but it won’t after you hit enter.) this will take you to the cmd prompt set to the explorer path. Is a time saver if it is a long path.

  5. vijaya sawant says:

    Directory of C:

    8/22/2011 07:30 AM

    8/22/2011 07:35 AM
    Documents and Settings
    9/22/2011 08:57 AM
    Program Files
    9/22/2005 05:43 AM 0 CONFIG.SYS
    9/22/2005 05:43 AM 0 AUTOEXEC.BAT
    7/28/2015 02:17 PM
    9/22/2011 09:10 AM
    2 File(s) 0 bytes
    5 Dir(s) 12,990,644,224 bytes free

    can i also describe to my personal data* as above personalize language like bytes

  6. kalva Ravi Babu says:

    Step 1) Windows + r (launching run option)
    Step 2) type: c:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe and click enter (in windows family). That launches command prompt.

  7. ye says:

    Another method:
    Go to internet explorer and type in “file://C:/Windows/System32/cmd.exe” in the address bar

  8. Stan says:

    In File Explorer, point to folder where you want to open command prompt. Hold down shift while right clicking on folder name. Select “Open command window here”.

  9. Kenny says:

    Okay, here’s a challenge.

    I was using Windows7 recovery when it came to last step, i.e. “Setup is starting services”. A new message said Windows can’t do that and click OK to restart.. I did and it began again at the last step. “System is staring services”.
    And again it couldn’t.

    I think I know why. I have used IOBIT’s Advanced System Care for maintenance for quite some time. I also use it’s Turbo Boost feature which shuts down unneccessary services for gaming performance. I fly a flight simulator.

    Apparently I forgot to reset Turbo Boost to “work” mode and the recovery program can’t start them.

    Bottomline is I don’t have a fully functioning OS, can’t access even in safe mode’s , including with the command prompt. Can’t quit the recovery program, can’t set ASC to work mode.

    Any suggestions..

  10. MsDigitalCitizen says:

    Love the title of this site. Love love love it. I teach ‘digital literacy’ to seniors. Please, people; the ‘duh…’ and ‘stupid question…’ comments truly are not helpful to ANYBODY.

  11. PhistucK says:

    Click on the address bar, enter “cmd” (without the quotes) and press Enter. Done. 🙂

  12. David says:

    From Windows Explorer…
    1.) Navigate to Parent of Folder that you want to open CMD in.
    2.) Press SHIFT and Right Mouse on Folder that you want to open CMD window in. This reveals a drop-down menu.
    3.) Click on “Open command window here”.
    4.) Done.

  13. Jonathan says:

    Technically, that’s really only three ways to start CMD; Use exe file, create a shortcut, launch from run box – those are the only universal three which you’ve listed. But there are other ways: Enable hidden Admin account, run from Safe Mode, Run From Disk, or run using 3rd party tool, Task Scheduler, or Task Manager.

  14. Larry Ray says:

    So how do old people find Command Prompt (Run As Administrator) in Windows 10 now. Typing “Command Prompt” into Cortana only opens command prompt. How do you got to Run Command Prompt as Administrator?

  15. Haramrit says:

    You can also do this:

    If you wish to open CMD in a particular directory, you can type cmd in the address bar in that directory and hit Enter. It automatically opens cmd with the present working directory.

    Hope it helps. 🙂

  16. Rhonda hazlip says:

    It brings me to user account control

  17. John says:

    Does anybody know how to bypass the windows 10 login screen? or how to get to the command run with out login windows 10?

  18. Jan Knol says:

    Ctrl + Shift + Esc
    file > run new task > “cmd”
    only way to run cmd when explorer won’t launch

  19. James says:

    I have an elevated cmd pinned to my taskbar an use it regularly


    Very Useful Article. Can I execute command like COMP from a directory where
    I have files to compare e.g. CMy Files?

  21. Terry Dean says:

    For #4 cmd within run box, press control-shift-enter keys to open as Administrator

  22. Parth Daave says:

    Also can run cmd prompt via CTRL + R combination and typing cmd there and enter.. boom!

  23. Steve J says:

    With CMD.exe as an icon on the task bar at (say) the first position, open it by pressing the Win-Key and the number 1.

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