Computer professionals have a certain knack for the Command Prompt (CMD). This is because the CMD provides an avenue for administrative tasks easily. The knowledge of opening the CMD is a great advantage. In this guide, we will highlight 14 ways to open the command prompt in Windows 10.
How To Open Command Prompt In Windows 10
Here, we have compiled the 14 best ways you could use to access the CMD.
Important: The update for Windows can show you PowerShell, instead of Command. Not to worry, PowerShell is a change by the creators and it is very similar to the CMD. You could switch back to CMD if you so desire in the Power Users menu.
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1. Opening Command Prompt From The Start Menu
- Open the start menu.
- Go to the Windows System Shortcuts folder. Click on it.
- Click on the Command Prompt shortcut there.
If you want to run Command Prompt as an administrator, right-click or press and hold on its shortcut, then open the More sub-menu and finally, click or tap “Run as administrator.”
Alternatively, you can also hold the Ctrl and Shift keys pressed and click or tap on the Command Prompt shortcut to launch CMD as admin.
2. Opening Command Prompt From Desktop With Shortcut “Windows+X” Power Users Menu
- Make sure no other app is open, just you on your desktop page.
- Simultaneously press the windows key and X together.
- A menu pops up.
- Click on “Command Prompt” or “Command Prompt (Admin).
3. Opening Command Prompt Using Search Bar
- Go to the search field on your taskbar.
- Type in CMD.
- Click the Command Prompt result.
If you want to launch Command Prompt as administrator, use the “Run as administrator” link from the right side of the search panel.
Alternatively, you can also right-click (or press and hold, if you use a touchscreen) on the Command Prompt search result, and then choose “Run as administrator.”
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4. Opening A Command Prompt From Task Manager
- Open Task Manager with more details.
- Open the “File” menu and then choose “Run New Task.”
- Type cmd or cmd.exe, and then click “OK” to open up a regular Command Prompt.
- You can also check the “Create this task with administrative privileges” to open Command Prompt as administrator.
5. Opening Command Prompt Using Its cmd.exe Executable File
- Navigate to file explorer.
- Go to the partition where Windows is installed.
- Click on the Windows folder.
- Type in “System32”.
- Find the cmd extension and open it.
6. Opening A Command Prompt In Admin Mode From Task Manager
- Go to the file menu.
- Press the CTRL key and simultaneously click on “Run New Task”
- The Command Prompt opens up with administrative features.
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7. Opening Command Prompt From File Explorer’s Address Bar
- Go to the address bar
- Type in “cmd” and press enter.
- The Command Prompt should open instantly.
8. Opening Command Prompt From The Run Box
- Press the Windows key and R key simultaneously.
- The “Run box” opens.
- Type in “cmd” and press enter.
- This opens Command prompt.
- Type “cmd” and then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open an administrator Command Prompt.
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9. Using Cortana To Open Command Prompt
This uses voice recognition with the aid of a microphone.
- Tap on the search bar.
- Say “Hey Cortana”
- Then ask Cortana to “open Command Prompt”
- Cortana immediately opens the Command Prompt.
10. Opening Command Prompt From The File Explorer File Menu
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- Go to File explorer.
- Select any folder you wish to open in the Command Prompt.
- Choose from one of these options:
- Open command prompt- Opens a Command Prompt within the currently selected folder with standard permissions.
- Open command prompt as administrator- Opens a Command Prompt within the currently selected folder with administrator permissions.
11. Opening The Command Prompt From The Old Microsoft Edge Or Internet Explorer
- Open the Internet explorer program or the old Microsoft Edge.
- Enter the command, “file://C:/Windows/System32/cmd.exe.”
- Press enter key.
- A popup appears, click on “Run”.
Note: This method only opens Command Prompt windows with standard user rights, not administrative privileges.
12. Opening Command Prompt By Scrolling Through The Start Menu
- Click on start menu
- Open the “Windows System” folder.
- Click “Command Prompt.”
To open with administrative privileges, right-click Command Prompt and choose “Run as administrator”
13. How To Open Command Prompt When You Boot Windows 10 Using The Advanced Startup Options
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If you need to run advanced commands in Command Prompt and your Windows 10 PC no longer works properly, you might need a way to open CMD at boot, before Windows 10 loads itself completely.
To do that, you can use the Recovery options. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app
- Navigate to Update & Security.
- Select Recovery on the left side of the window, and click or tap on Restart now in the Advanced startup section from the right.
- On the Choose an option screen, press Troubleshoot.
- Click or tap on Advanced options.
This brings you to the Advanced options screen. Here, you should get an entry called Command Prompt. Click or tap on it.
Your Windows 10 computer or device reboots and then asks you to choose a user account from the list of administrators configured on the PC. Select it and enter your password if asked.
You can now use CMD to do anything you want, including performing advanced tasks such as boot repairs or partition management with diskpart, for instance.
14. Open Command Prompt From A Folder’s Context Menu In File Explorer
To open a Command Prompt window to any folder;
- Hold Shift key while right-clicking the folder in File Explorer
- Select “Open command window here.”
- Create a Shortcut for Command Prompt on the Desktop
- Right-click an empty spot on the Desktop. From the context menu, select New > Shortcut.
- Type “cmd.exe” into the box and then click “Next.”
- Give the shortcut a name and then click “Finish.”
You can now double-click the shortcut to open Command Prompt. If you want to open the Command Prompt with administrative privileges instead, right-click the shortcut and choose “Properties” from the context menu.
Click the “Advanced” button and check the “Run as administrator” option. Close both open properties windows
Now you just have to double-click the shortcut to open Command Prompt as an administrator.
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