As time has gone on there has become less and less emphasis put on the command line. Windows as an operating system never did use its command line as much as some others, and time has shown that Windows prefers offering people a way to navigate to a particular place or to offer them button for executing commands rather than using a command line tool.
Nevertheless, there are still plenty of times that you will need to use the command line. This tutorial outlines all the different ways you can get to the command line, which is always by opening the Command Prompt window. It is here that you can then execute your commands.
If you’re comfortable with using it, the Command Prompt can offer a way to get things done quicker than the alternatives. To navigate around the Windows operating systems is to offer people an easier way to get from A to B, but there’s nothing quicker than running a command from the command line when they’re available.
The following tutorial demonstrates what you need to open the Command Prompt in any version of the Windows 10 operating system.
Method One: How to Open Command Prompt from Power User Menu
Here is how you can open the command line from the Power User menu:
Note: as of Windows 10 build 14971, the Win+X menu shows the PowerShell and PowerShell Admin links by default. You can, however, get the swap the PowerShell for Command Prompt entries from the Settings app.
1. Open the Win+X menu and click on the Command Prompt link.
Method Two: How to Open Command Prompt from Task Manager
Here is how you can open the command line from the Task Manager:
1. Open Task Manager and make sure you’ve clicked on the arrow to show more details.
2. Click on File from the main menu and then click on Run new task from the File menu.
3. In the Create new task box, type cmd.exe and then tap/click on the OK button.
Method Three: How to Open Command Prompt in Search
Here is how you can open the command line from the search field that is available in the taskbar:
1. Type CMD into the Cortana search field in the taskbar and then click on one of the two options you’ve got to open the Command Prompt desktop application. (click to enlarge screenshot below)
Method Four: How to Open Command Prompt from All apps in Start Menu
Here is how you can open the command line from the list of All Apps in the Start menu:
1. Click on Start (Windows logo button) in the taskbar and then scroll down the list of All apps and expand Windows System. You’ll then see the Command Prompt app available to click on.
Method Five: How to Open Command Prompt from File Explorer
Here is how you can open the command line from File Explorer:
1. Open the File Explorer (Start > File Explorer/Documents or from its icon in the taskbar) and then navigate to this path using the folders: C:\Windows\System32
Note: You can find your C:// drive by clicking on This PC from File Explorer’s navigation pane.
2. Once inside the System32 folder, scroll down until you can see the cmd app and click on it.
Open Command Prompt Here. You can no longer get access to the Command Prompt and Command Prompt admin links from the File menu in File Explorer. This has now been replaced with the Windows PowerShell. You may, however, still run commands you intended to use in the Command Prompt in the PowerShell windows.
Open Command Window Here. You can no longer hold down Shift and right-click on a file or folder and choose the Open command window here link that was in the context menu. This has been replaced with Windows PowerShell. You can, however, still run your commands that you intended for the command line in the PowerShell window.
Method Six: How to Open Command Prompt from Run
Here is how you can open the command line from the Run dialog:
1. Press the Windows logo + R keys on the keyboard to open the Run dialog and then type CMD and click on the OK button.
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