Nick Karnik
Nick Karnik

Computer Scientist | Hacker | Entrepreneur | Ex-Microsoft | YC



Run command optimized

In Windows 7 the run command is integrated with the search option. However, if you’ve disabled the search option in the Start Menu there are other ways to access it more efficiently.

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The traditional shortcut to Run is still available in the Programs->Accessories->Run. You can go to that location and copy it to the start menu. Now you can click Start->Run and enter your command.

An efficient option that I use is the Hot Key (<Windows>+ R) to launch the Run Command window.

You can further optimize your productivity by adding the Address Bar to your Taskbar if you don’t prefer Hot Keys.

You can do this by:

  1. Right-clicking the task bar
  2. Go to Toolbar->Address
  3. Ensure that it is checked. If not, check it.
  4. You will then see an address bar like the one in Internet Explorer on your Taskbar.

This option is a good substitute for the Run Command, Internet explorer address bar as well as the Windows Explorer address bar. You can even use <Ctrl>+Enter to automatically complete the extension for websites. Eg: Enter Bing and press <Ctrl>+Enter to launch your default browser with