Windows operating systems like Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows Server provides the Command Prompt or MS-DOS in order to execute commands in a user-friendly way. Even the PowerShell is also a command prompt generally the MS-DOS is used as the first choice for the term “Command Prompt”.
Open Command Prompt via Windows+X Power User Menu
The Windows+X Power User Menu provides some shortcuts for the management of Windows. It can be used to open Command Prompt. But “PowerShell” is provided as Command Prompt for the Windows 10 operating systems. If you are using Windows 8 the MS-DOS is provided as a command prompt. Also, the PowerShell command prompt can be opened as Administrator like below.
Open Command Prompt via Start Menu
Start Menu provides the “Command Prompt” in different ways. One of them is typing “command prompt” to the Start Menu which lists related Command Prompt like below.
Open Command Prompt via Windows Run
Windows Run is a very useful tool in order to open the command prompt. First, the windows run tool can be opened with the
WIN+R keyboard shortcut. Then we use the
cmd command as input to the Windows Run to open the command prompt.
Open Command Prompt via File Explorer
File Explorer is used to managing files. The command prompt is an executable file with the name “cmd.exe”. The cmd.exe is located under the
C:\Windows\System32 like below. Just click on the cmd.exe in order to open Command Prompt.
Open Command Prompt via File Explorer Address Bar
The File Explorer provides an address bar in order to specify and use paths. But it has a useful feature too. The address bar can be used to run some commands where the Command Prompt can be opened by using the File Explorer address bar. Just type
cmd to the address bar and press enter which opens the command prompt.
Open Command Prompt via File Explorer Context Menu
The File Explorer provides a context menu in order to manage files and folders with some auxiliary options. The command prompt can be opened via the File Explorer context menu. By default right-click to the File Explorer does not show the Command Prompt. The right-click should be accomplished with the
SHIFT key. There “Open PowerShell window here” is listed for Windows 10 operating systems. If you are using Windows 7 or a previous operating system “Open command window here” is displayed in the context menu.
Open Command Prompt via Task Manager
Even it is not the best and most practical the Task Manager can be used to open the Command Prompt. First, the Task Manager should be opened, and then the
File menu and
Run new task should be clicked like below.
In the Windows, Run use the “cmd” command like below.