Geeks and IT professionals love the Command Prompt and for good reason - it allows you to perform many administrative tasks with ease. But what are all the possible ways to launch it? Have you thought about that? I did, and I have come up with 7 methods for launching this tool. Do you know other methods?
1. Launch the Command Prompt Using Search (Windows 7 & Windows 8)
Search is very helpful, both in Windows 7 and Windows 8. In Windows 7, open the Start Menu and type command or cmd.
Then, click the Command Prompt search result.
In Windows 8, go to the Start screen and type command or cmd.
Then, click or tap the Command Prompt search result.
2. Launch the Command Prompt from the Run Window (Windows 7 & Windows 8)
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.
3. Launch it from the Start Menu/Screen (Windows 7 & Windows 8)
If you like clicking on stuff and you are using Windows 7, open the Start Menu. Then, go to All Programs -> Accessories.
There you will find the Command Prompt shortcut.
In Windows 8, go to the Start screen. Right click somewhere on the empty space (or flick from the bottom), to display the contextual menu. Click or tap All apps and scroll right, until you find the Windows System folder.
There you will see the Command Prompt shortcut.
4. Create a Command Prompt Shortcut on the Desktop (Windows 7 & Windows 8)
If you prefer using your own shortcuts, then don’t hesitate to create a shortcut to the Command Prompt. This guide will share how: How To Create Shortcuts in Windows.
Alternatively, you can download our collection of shortcuts and use what we have created: Download The Biggest Library of Windows 7 & Windows 8 Shortcuts. In this pack you’ll find plenty other useful shortcuts to download and use.
5. Pin it to the Start Menu/Screen or the Taskbar (Windows 7 & Windows 8)
If you would rather have a clean Desktop, you might want to pin the Command Prompt to the taskbar, the Start Menu (in Windows 7) or to the Start screen (in Windows 8).
Here are some guides to get you started:
- The Complete Guide to the Windows 7 Start Menu
- The Complete Guide to Pinning Everything to the Windows 8 Start Screen
6. Launch the Command Prompt From the Power User Menu (Windows 8 only)
Windows 8 includes a hidden menu for power users that can be accessed from the Desktop. The quickest way to launch it is to press Win+X on your keyboard.
The menu includes many useful shortcuts, including two shortcuts for the Command Prompt.
If you would rather use the mouse or touch to open it, go the bottom-left corner on the Desktop until the Start thumbnail is shown. Then, right click or press and hold the thumbnail to display the menu.
7. Launch it from Windows/File Explorer (Windows 7 & Windows 8)
Last but not least, you can open Windows Explorer (in Windows 7) or File Explorer (in Windows 8).
Then, open the partition where Windows is installed and browse to Windows -> System32.
There you will find cmd.exe - the executable used by the Command Prompt.
These are all the ways I know for launching the Command Prompt in Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you know others, don’t hesitate to share them in a comment below. Also, if you are looking for some great articles, sharing how to use the Command Prompt, don’t hesitate to read our recommendations below.