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How To Correctly Use the Windows Run Command

If you are tired of always having to click on the Start Button and then navigating through your Programs folder to launch some of Windows common programs and accessories, then try using the Windows Run Command feature built into the operating system. You can quickly run common programs and accessories such as Calculator, Dos Command Prompt, Notepad, Solitaire, System Configuration Editor, System Configuration Utility and Wordpad etc. And believe it or not, you can also quickly Run all Microsoft Office applications as well. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to use the Windows Run Command.


Using the Windows Run Command

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Run Icon, which will open up the Run Menu for you.
  3. Locate the white area of the screen next to the word Open: in the Run Menu.
  4. Now type in the name of the application that you want to launch omitting its EXE file extension.
  5. For example, to launch Notepad.exe or Wordpad.exe, just type in the words Notepad or Wordpad.
  6. For Microsoft Office applications, just type in Excel, Outlook, Winword, Msaccess, Powerpnt etc.
  7. Then click the OK button at the bottom of the screen after your input has been made to launch it.

Note: Some Windows programs and accessories are actually listed in abbreviated format. For example, the game Solitaire is not listed as Solitaire.exe but is abbreviated by Microsoft as Sol.exe. Therefore, to launch Solitaire from the Run Command, you would simply type in Sol and hit the OK button to launch it. And if you noticed above, Microsoft Powerpoint is abbreviated by Microsoft as Powerpnt.exe etc.

Note: This Technical Brief Will Work For All Operating Systems Including Windows XP.

You Can Also Clear The Contents of The Windows Run Menu By Reading: Clear The Run Menu Contents


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