If you like to use the keyword, here is a small but handy trick for you. We use run command shortcuts to quickly launch all Windows tools and control panel programs or Set apps. I most likely love the default run commands, and you can also create your run commands in Windows 11/10. You can create your run command in a Windows operating system with a few hits. This feature is convenient for quickly launching a program or a folder.
Already, you may know that the default programs in Windows could 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 the Enter key, open the Wordpad app.
Now, 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 clicking Enter on the keyboard is also possible.
To open any program from the Run command box, you need to place the program shortcut. So you copy the program shortcut to the Windows directory, and then 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. Firstly, click on the Start menu, right-click on the program icon, click More, and select Open file location. It 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. Now, the Programs shortcut folder opens.
Step 3. After that, 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 the Destination Folder Access Denied dialog. Hit the Continue button.
Step 4. Then, you can see that 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 give another name to it in Windows directly as Excel.
Even renaming the file in the Windows directory, so the User Account Control (UAC) window may prompt, hit Yes to continue.
Step 5. Lastly, open the Run dialog box using the Windows logo + R keys from the keyboard and write 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 writing the string Excel in the Run dialog box. My Run command box should appear like the below image:-
Step 6. Next, press the OK button or hit Enter from the keyboard to open the MS Excel spreadsheet.
Step 7. The same steps are applicable for a folder if you want to quickly access it through the Run command box. Suppose you have a folder with the name RiseWindows somewhere on your PC, and you want to open it quickly through the Run dialog.
Now, you need to create a shortcut to the Folder. To create a shortcut for any folder, right-click on the folder and select the “Create shortcut” option.
Step 8. After that, 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. Next, click Yes to confirm.
Step 10. Then the above action creates a shortcut to the folder on your PC’s Desktop.
Step 11. So copy and paste this newly created folder shortcut in the Windows directory (Usually C:\Windows).
Step 12. Next, Click the Continue button if a Destination Folder Acess Denied dialog box appears.
Step 13. Now, 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, so we rename it Gear.
Step 14. Finally, open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows logo + R keys. Type gear in the Run box. Click the OK button or hit Enter from the keyboard to open up RiseWindows folder.
The gear folder will open.
The steps mentioned above to create your Run command shortcuts apply to all Windows versions, including Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.
Tip:- Don’t delete or rename any files in the Windows folder that you didn’t create yourself.