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.
Then, click the Command Prompt search result.
In Windows 8.1, switch to the Start screen and type command or cmd.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
In Windows 10, open the Start Menu and go to All apps -> Windows System. There you will find the Command Prompt shortcut.
4. Create A Command Prompt Shortcut On The Desktop
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. Also, note that even if these shortcuts were created for Windows 7 and Windows 8, they should also work for Windows 10 devices.
5. Pin It To The Start Menu/Screen Or To The Taskbar
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 & Windows 10) or to the Start screen (in Windows 8.1).
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 8.1 & 10 only)
Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 include 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 of your Desktop and right click or press and hold on the Windows icon to display the menu.
7. Launch It From Windows/File Explorer
Last but not least, you can open Windows Explorer (in Windows 7) or File Explorer (in Windows 8.1 & Windows 10).
Then, open the partition where Windows is installed and browse to Windows -> System32.
There you will find cmd.exe - the executable file used by the Command Prompt.
These are all the ways we know for launching Command Prompt in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. If you know of others, don't hesitate to share them in a comment below. Also, if you are looking for some good articles on how to use the Command Prompt, don't hesitate to read our recommendations below.