How to Create your own Run Command Shortcuts in Windows 11/10/8/7?

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If you love to use the keyboard, here is a small but handy trick for you. We use run command shortcuts to launch all Windows tools and control panel programs or Settings apps quickly. Similarly, just like the default run commands, you can also create your own run commands in Windows 11/10. With a few clicks, you can create your own run command in a Windows operating system. This feature is convenient for quickly launching a program or a folder.

You may already know that the default programs in Windows can be launched by typing their names in the Run command box. For example, you can type Notepad in the Run command box and then hit the Enter key to open the Notepad app. By typing the Wordpad in the Run dialog box and hitting Enter key, open the Wordpad app.

Likewise, you can create Run command shortcuts for installed programs without any third-party tool. For example, if you want to run a Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet, typing the excel and hitting Enter from the keyboard is also possible.

To open any program from the Run command box, you need to place the program shortcut. Once you copy the program shortcut to the Windows directory, you can launch them via the Run command box.

How to Create your own Run Command Shortcuts in Windows 11/10/8/7?

Step 1. Click on the Start menu, right-click on the program icon, click More and then select Open file location. This will open the Start menu programs folder. In my example, we will create a Run command for the MS Office Excel program, but you can do it for any application as per your requirement.

Step 2. Programs shortcut folder opens.

Step 3. Copy the program shortcut you would like to launch through the Run command box and paste it into the Windows directory (Usually, it is “C:\Windows“). You might get Destination Folder Access Denied dialog. Click the Continue button.

Step 4. You can see in the following image we have copied the Excel 2016 shortcut and pasted it on the Windows directory/folder. But there is a catch in this, we have pasted Excel 2016 shortcut, but we want to use excel word in the Run dialog box to open the MS Excel spreadsheet. So, we rename it in Windows directly as Excel.

While renaming the file in the Windows directory, the User Account Control (UAC) window may prompt, click Yes to continue.

Step 5. Finally, open the Run dialog box using the Windows logo + R keys from the keyboard and type the name of the program in the dialog box to launch the program. For example, we want to launch the Microsoft Office Excel program by typing the string Excel in the Run dialog box. My Run command box should appear like the below image:-

Step 6. Click the OK button or press Enter from the keyboard to open the MS Excel spreadsheet.

Step 7. Similar steps are applicable for a folder if you want to access it through the Run command box quickly. Suppose you have a folder with the name GearUpWindows somewhere on your PC, and you want to open it quickly through the Run dialog.

First, you need to create a shortcut of the Folder. To create a shortcut of any folder, right-click on the folder and select the “Create shortcut” option.

Step 8. A Shortcut dialog box may open stating that “Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?”

Step 9. Click Yes to confirm.

Step 10. The above action creates a shortcut of the folder on your PC’s Desktop.

Step 11. Copy and paste this newly created folder shortcut in the Windows directory (Usually C:\Windows).

Step 12. Click the Continue button if a Destination Folder Acess Denied dialog box appears.

Step 13. Rename the folder shortcut in the Windows directory through which name you want to open it using the Run command box. For instance, we want to open it with the name gear; we rename it as Gear.

Step 14. Now, open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows logo + R keys. Type gear in the Run box. Click the OK button or press Enter from the keyboard to open up GearUpWindows folder.

GearUpWindows folder opens.

The steps mentioned above to create your own Run command shortcuts apply to all Windows versions, including Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

Warning:- Don’t delete or rename any files in the Windows folder that you didn’t create yourself.

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