How to Open Run Dialog Box in Windows 10

To execute run commands, you have to first open the Run window. Here are 6 must-know ways to open the Run dialog box in Windows 10.

Windows has a neat little built-in program called Run that lets you execute specific run commands and even open programs, folders, and files. In case you are wondering, the Run program is not a new thing. It has been a part of Windows for a very long time. In fact, if you ever read a Windows guide that requires you to open the Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor you will know that one of the most common ways to open these tools is to execute the run commands.

Considering the importance and usefulness of the Run program, it is useful to know different ways to open the Run window in Windows 10. This helps you deal with situations where if one method did not work, you can use the other way to open the Run program.

In this quick and shortcut article, let me show you all the simple ways to open the Run dialog box in Windows 10. The methods shown below will also work in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

How to Open Run Window

  1. Press the ‘Windows Key + R’ shortcut
  2. Search for “Run” in the Start menu
  3. Open Run from ‘Win + X’ menu
  4. Launch Run dialog from the command prompt
  5. Open Run dialog from PowerShell
open run dialog box

1. Press the ‘Windows Key + R’ shortcut

The easiest way to open the Run dialog is to use its own keyboard shortcut. Just press the “Windows Key + R” shortcut on your keyboard and the Run window will pop-up immediately. One of the best things about this is that the keyboard shortcut is baked into Windows for a long time now. So, you don’t have to worry whether the shortcut works or not in other Windows versions.

run dialog box keyboard shortcut

2. Search for “Run” in the Start menu

The Run program is registered in the Start menu just like any other application in Windows. As such, you can simply search for it in the Start menu. First, open the Start menu by pressing the “Windows key” on your keyboard. In the Start menu, type “Run” and click on the top result to open the Run dialog box. As soon as you do that, the Run window will open immediately.

search for Run in the Start menu

3. Open Run from the ‘Win + X’ menu

The power user menu in Windows lets you open a lot of essential tools with just a single click and the Run dialog is no different. In case you don’t know, Microsoft introduced the Power user menu back in Windows 8 and is available in Windows 10 too. To open the Power user menu, either right-click on the Start menu or press the “Windows Key + X” shortcut. Next, click on the “Run” option in the list to open the Run dialog box.

Open Run from the Win + X menu

4. Launch Run dialog from the command prompt

If you ever want to, you can open the Run dialog box from the Command Prompt. This is especially useful if you want to create a custom shortcut or to open the run window from a script. To open the Run window from the Command Prompt, use the below command.

explorer.exe Shell:::{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

open Run using command prompt

5. Open Run dialog from PowerShell

To open the Run window from PowerShell, use the below command.

(New-Object -ComObject "Shell.Application").FileRun()

open Run using PowerShell

That is all. It is that simple to open the Run dialog box in Windows. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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      I hope that helps.

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