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Launch Run

Learn how to launch the Run command line application in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.


OS: Microsoft Windows 10, 8 / 7 / Vista / 7 / XP






Run is a command line application or terminal used to directly open any programs or documents whose path is known, and this small application has been bundled with all versions of Microsoft Windows. In this tutorial, we show you how you can launch the Run application from the shortcuts in the Start menu of different Windows versions. Learn how to launch Run in:

Windows 10
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP


Windows 10

Follow these steps to bring up the Run app in Windows 10:

  1. Within Windows 10, press the Windows key on your keyboard to bring up the Start Menu, as shown in Figure 1, below.

    The Start Menu in Windows 10
    Figure 1: The Start Menu in Windows 10

    Alternatively, just click your cursor in the Cortana window, highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.

    The Cortana window
    Figure 2: The Cortana window
  2. Now type the first few letters of the word "run" to bring up a screen with possible results, as you can see in Figure 3, below.

    Results screen
    Figure 3: Results screen
  3. Within the results, you will see Run listed -- just click it to launch Run.

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Windows 8

Follow these steps to launch Run in Windows 8:

  1. When you launch Windows 8, you see the Metro interface, as shown in Figure 4. If you are not seeing the Metro interface, press the Windows key on your keyboard to bring it up.

    Windows 8 Metro interface
    Figure 4: Windows 8 Metro interface

  2. Within the Metro interface, don't select anything -- just type the first few letters of the word "run". This brings up a screen with possible results, as you can see in Figure 5.

    Results screen
    Figure 5: Results screen

  3. On the left side of the screen you will see Run listed (as you can see highlighted in white within Figure 5, above) -- just click it to launch Run.

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Windows 7

Follow these steps to launch Run in Windows 7:

  1. Choose Start | All Programs | Accessories | Run , as shown in Figure 6.

    Run in Windows 7
    Figure 6: Run in Windows 7

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Windows Vista

Follow these steps to launch Run in Windows Vista:

  1. Choose Start | All Programs | Accessories | Run , as shown in Figure 7.

    Run in Windows Vista
    Figure 7: Run in Windows Vista

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Windows XP

Follow these steps to launch Run in Windows XP:

  1. Choose Start | Run, as shown in Figure 8.

    Run in Windows XP
    Figure 8: Run in Windows XP

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Tip: You can also access Run application by holding down Start key followed by R from the keyboard.


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