Windows Command Prompt

The Command Prompt is an extremely resourceful tool for Windows operating system. Microsoft has kept this command line interpreter application in almost all the Windows versions. It is officially known as Windows Command Processor and also referred as cmd.exe, cmd prompt and command shell. It is used just like MS-DOS i.e. commands are typed into its interface.

Usually, the commands used in the command prompt are for performing advanced admin related functionalities, troubleshooting or solving certain system issues and automating tasks with the help of scripts and batch files. It gives you the quickest way to resolve or carry out tasks as compared to their graphics interface alternatives. There are also some functionalities that cannot be performed without a command prompt.

Command prompt also comes with different methods that can be used to open it. There are different keyboard shortcuts and easy places from where you can access cmd but not a lot of users are familiar with them. In this post, we are going to show you 8 different methods for opening the Command Prompt in Windows 10.

1. The Keyboard Shortcut Method

Step 1: Simultaneously press ‘Windows + X’ keys in order to open the Power Users menu

Step 2: In the menu, there will be two options that you can choose i.e. ‘Command Prompt’ and ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’

In some PCs, there will be the PowerShell option in the Power Users menu instead of Command Prompt. This switch was made after the Creators Update was rolled out. You can switch the Command Prompt back by pressing keys ‘Windows + X’ then selecting Settings from the menu. Click on the ‘Personalize’ icon and select ‘Taskbar’. Turn off the option ’Replace Command Prompt with Powershell in the menu when I right-click the start button or press ‘Windows + X’’.

2. The Task Manager Method

Step 1: Press ‘Ctrl + Shift + Esc’ to open the Task Manager.

Step 2: Select ‘File’ and then click on ‘Run New Task’.

Step 3: Enter the text ‘cmd’ and click ‘Ok’ to open the Command Prompt.

3. The Admin Mode Task Manager Method

Step 1: Open the Task Manager and click on ‘File’.

Step 2: Press ‘Ctrl’ key while clicking on ‘Run New Task’. The Command Prompt will open in admin mode.

3. The Start Menu Method

Step 1: Click on the windows icon from keyboard.

Step 2: Type the text ‘cmd’ and click on the Command Prompt icon to launch it.

4. The Start Menu Scroll Method

Step 1: Click on the windows icon from keyboard.

Step 2: Scroll down to the ‘Windows System’ folder and expand it. Select ‘Command Prompt’ from the expanded list to open it.

5. The File Explorer Method

Step 1: Open the File Explorer.

Step 2: Click on the drive where your operating system is installed. In my case, It is ‘C’ drive and follow the path ‘Windows\System32’.

Step 3: In the search menu, write ’cmd’ and double-click on the .exe file to run the Command Prompt.

6. The Run Method

Step 1: Press the keys ‘Windows + R’ to open the ‘Run’ dialog box.

Step 2: Enter ‘cmd’ and select ‘Ok’ to open the Command Prompt. For admin mode, use ‘Ctrl + Shift + Enter’ after typing cmd in the run box.

7. The File Explorer Address Bar Method

Step 1: Open the File Explorer.

Step 2: Enter ‘cmd’ in the address bar and press the ‘Enter’ key.

8. The Desktop Shortcut Method

Step 1: Go to your Desktop and right-click on any empty space.

Step 2: Select ‘New’ and then ‘Shortcut’ from the opened context menu.

Step 3: Enter ‘cmd.exe’ in the opened window and select ‘Next’.

Step 4: Enter the name of the shortcut created and select ‘Finish’. A command prompt shortcut will be created on your desktop. Double-click the newly created shortcut icon and command prompt will open.


So, these were the eight different methods that can be used for opening the Command Prompt in Windows 10. Let us know in the comments below which of these methods are your favorite.


8 Ways to Open the Command Prompt in Windows 10
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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