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5 Simple Ways to Open CMD in Windows 10

CMD (Command Prompt) used by many Geeks Security persons and for doing some tricks to impress you friends. There are different ways to opening CMD we’ll discuss some with you here. Few ways might be unique to you!

Command Prompt is a useful tool which sometimes makes our work faster then opening and closing external windows, I personally use CMD in Windows for checking DNS and making ping to server etc, lots of work to do with it.

1. Open Command Prompt from Explorer Address Bar

Open File Explorer, and click/tap on its address bar (or press “Alt + D” on your keyboard). Now simply type cmd in the address bar and it’ll open the command prompt with the path to your current folder already set.


2. Open Command Prompt Here from File Menu

Open File Explorer, select or open a folder or drive where you want to open the command prompt from. Click/tap on the “File” tab on the Ribbon, and select “Open command prompt”. It has two options:

  • Open command prompt — Opens a Command Prompt within the currently selected folder with standard permissions.
  • Open command prompt as administrator — Opens a Command Prompt within the currently selected folder with administrator permissions.


3. Open Command Window Here in File Explorer

To open a Command Prompt window in any folder or drive, hold down the shift key and right-click on the folder or drive. Right-click on a folder or empty space in the right-hand pane of Explorer while holding down the SHIFT key, and from the context menu, select “Open command window here”.

The prompt takes the path of the folder from where it is opened.


Note that normally you have to press the shift key to get that option. To make this option permanent, follow this simple registry hack.

4. Open Command Prompt from Search

You can easily open the command prompt by typing “cmd” into the search box (Win + S). Alternatively, click/tap on the microphone icon in Cortana’s search field and say “Launch Command Prompt”.

To open as Administrator, type cmd into the search box, and either right-click and choose Run as Administrator, or highlight the result with the arrow keys and press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to open an administrator mode command prompt.


5. Open Command Prompt from All Apps in Start Menu

Open the Start menu, and click/tap on All apps at the bottom.


In All apps, scroll down and expand the Windows System folder, then click/tap on Command Prompt.


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