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
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
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 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
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
Step 5. Finally, open the Run dialog box using the
Step 6. Click the
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
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
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
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.