Sunday, February 06, 2011

Running Windows programs via the Run command

In Windows, you usually open a program by browsing through the Start Menu and searching through the folders and looking for the program there. Sometimes though, it can be tedious or hard to find them especially when you have lots of programs already installed.

An alternative solution is to create shortcuts and run them via the Run command (pressing Windows key + R, or in the start menu) to launch them quicker! Here are the steps on how you can do it.

First, search for where your program is installed and its filename. One easy way is to search for the shortcut in the start menu, right click and select properties.

A dialog box will pop up; click "Open Location".
The folder where the file is saved will open, and the file to launch the program is highlighted. Right-click the program and select "Create shortcut".
The shortcut will be created in the same folder. Rename it to anything you want. I have named my shortcut "pvz".

Next, copy the shortcut to the C:\Windows folder if using Windows 7, or C:\Windows\System32 folder if using Windows XP. If prompted that you will need administrator access to write to the folder, click "Continue". the shortcut will be placed there.

You're done! Go to the run command and type the name of your shortcut.
Watch your program open.

You can do this for folders and files too, as long as there is a program associated with opening it.

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At 2:46 PM , Anonymous Jacqui said...

so renaming the file is a must??

At 4:51 PM , Blogger borgy said...

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At 4:52 PM , Blogger borgy said...

it's highly recommended. because the default name is "[Filename] - Shortcut" which is unwieldy and long. the trick is to put a convenient, quick-to-type name for it. :)

At 11:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

moar entries!


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