The 'Run' box in Windows is a versatile tool to quickly open programs and Windows features
The Run box in Windows is a fast and easy way to open programs, locate files and access Windows tools.
Not to be confused with the command line, the Run box is a rapid way to open files and programs.
It's opened from the Start menu or by using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R.
This article highlights some Run commands that most Windows users would use, such as opening Microsoft apps like Word, Notepad, Calculator and the Snipping tool. You can open folders such as Documents and start a search without opening your browser first. You can adjust mouse settings, open the User folder in File Explorer, go the C: drive, access Windows Services, turn Windows Features on and off, add and remove programs, and open Facebook Messages.
Most Windows Run commands will work in Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 and aren't case sensitive. Run commands for many Windows programs and tools can be found here (these are commands for system tools and Windows programs).
Using the Run box cuts down on the time spent finding apps and folders that you use everyday. It's easier and faster than using the mouse to locate and run various files and programs. If you know the name of an executable file or a folder you can open it from the Run box - for instance you can open Microsoft Word using the run command Winword, and the Documents file by typing Documents. Give it a try.
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