How to Enable or Disable App Execution Aliases in Windows 11 and 10?


When you use Windows 10/11, you can open multiple applications from the command prompt or run a command box using an alias for their application. When two applications with the same nickname cause an issue, their alias names are similar to the original word. Any application you attempt to open using the run box or command prompt might open an application that is not what you expected.

The latest version of Windows from Microsoft includes a feature that lets you specify which app will use the alias when multiple apps with the same name are used simultaneously. This feature can be found in the Settings app.

This risewindows article will guide you on how to Enable or Disable App Execution Aliases on Windows 11 and 10.

How to Manage App Execution Aliases on Windows 11?

If more than one app uses the same name in Windows 11, you can select which one should use an alias. Do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, open the Settings app.

Step 2. Next, click on the Apps category in the left pane.

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Step 3. Then, click on the Advanced app settings tab on the right pane.


Step 4. Under advanced app setting windows, click on the App execution aliases tile.


Step 5. After that, Windows 11 will display the list of all the apps that can use aliases. Here, you will see the alias names of the apps just below their names. Turn Off the toggle switch beside the app name if you don’t want an app to use the alias name. And, if you want some app to use the alias name associated with that particular app, turn On the toggle switch for that app.


How to Enable or Disable App Execution Aliases in Windows 10?

To enable or disable app execution aliases in Windows 10, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, launch the Settings app.

Step 2. Next, click on the Apps category.

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Step 3. Then, select the Apps and features tab on the left-hand side.

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Step 4. Then, click on the App execution aliases link to see the list of apps that might have conflicting nicknames.


Step 5. At last, turn Offthe toggle button for the apps with the same name.


After that, when you open an app using their alias names through Command Prompt or Run command box, it would only open the apps with their toggle enabled. And if you disabled toggle beside any app, when you try to open that app using Command Prompt, you’ll end up with a message “is not recognized as internal or external command, operable program or batch file.”


In the same way, when you try to open the disabled aliases program through the Run box, you will see a message, “Windows cannot find ‘program name.’ Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.”

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