General Open Command Prompt in Windows 11


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The Command shell is an entry point for typing commands in the Command Prompt console window. By typing commands at the command prompt, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows GUI.

In Windows 11, Windows Terminal is the default console to open installed shells like the Command Prompt in by default now.

If you wanted, you can still directly open the Command Prompt in Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to open a command prompt in Windows 11.


Contents



EXAMPLE: Command Prompt

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Option One

Open Command Prompt in Windows Terminal


1 Open Windows Terminal (wt.exe).

2 Select Command Prompt (Ctrl+Shift+2) from the drop menu. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Open Command Prompt from Search


1 Open Windows Search (Win+S). (see screenshot below)

2 Type cmd into the Search box.

3 Either click/tap on Open or press Enter for Command Prompt.

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Option Three

Open Command Prompt from Run


1 Open Run (Win+R). (see screenshot below)

2 Type cmd in the Open box.

3 Either click/tap on OK or press Enter.

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Option Four

Open Command Prompt from Task Manager


1 Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) in more details view.

2 Click/tap on File on the toolbar, and click/tap on Run new task. (see screenshot below)

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3 Type cmd in the Open box, and click/tap on OK or press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Task Manager if you like.




Option Five

Open Command Prompt from File Explorer


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E). (see screenshot below)

2 Navigate to and open the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

3 Run the cmd.exe file.

4 You can now close File Explorer if you like.

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Option Six

Open Command Prompt from Windows Tools


1 Open Windows Tools.

2 Click/tap on Command Prompt. (see screenshot below)

3 You can now close Windows Tools if you like.

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Option Seven

Open Folder in Command Prompt from File Explorer Address Bar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Navigate to and open the folder (ex: "C:\Windows") you want. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the address bar, type cmd, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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4 A command prompt will now open to the folder path (ex: "C:\Windows"). (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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