4 Ways to Open Command Prompt Effectively

Few years back, when I got my personal computer, cmd was the first thing to grab my attention. I used to search for all cmd tips and tricks and later show them to my friends, thinking they would be impressed.

how to open cmd

Now, I don’t know if they were surprised or not, but this tinkering with cmd, turn out quite beneficial to me. I started reading tech blogs and implement whatever I learned, on my computer.

Fast forward few years, I started my own websites and today, I am doing it full time.

So yes, cmd has a special place in my heart. It triggered the inner geek me. And it might do the same for you. Now, even if you don’t want to be a tech blogger, you will definitely learn something useful from cmd.

But before that, you need to know how to open cmd. Right?

So here are different ways to open cmd. So let’s get started.


#1 Open Command Prompt from Start Menu

Press the windows key top open the start menu and the type in cmd and hit enter.

To launch cmd as admin, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

how to open cmd from start menu

If you are on Window 10, then you can also launch a command prompt from the power menu. Press ‘Win + X’ key and select command prompt from the menu.

This way is much quicker.

open cmd from power menu in windows 10

#2 Open cmd from the RUN box

Press ‘Win + R’ key to open RUN dialog box. Then type cmd and hit enter.

open cmd from run box

If you open cmd frequently for a single command, like to check your internet connectivity using ping. Then instead of opening cmd window and then typing your command, directly execute it through Run box.

The advantage of that is, first it’s quick and second, RUN box stores the history. So next time you want to run the same command, press ‘WIN + R’ key to open run, then use UP/DOWN arrow key to find that from history and hit enter. Save a lot of time.

running a cmd command directly from RUB box

#3 Open cmd from the Windows File Explorer

To open cmd in a specific directory, open file explorer (Win + E), go to the directory where you want to open cmd, next click on the fileOpen command prompt.

This will open cmd in the current directory. No need to you use the cd command.

open cmd from file explorer

You can also do this, by holding your shift key and right click on empty space. From the right-click menu select, open command window here.

pen cmd with shift click

#4 Open Command Prompt from Task Manager

If you have Task Manager already open, then you can run cmd directly from it.

Go to File > Run New Task > type in ‘cmd’ > and hit enter.

open cmd from task manager


Also see: 5 Less Known CMD Tips & Tricks (Video)

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