5 different ways to Open Command-prompt in Windows 11

Most Windows users will never need to open the Command Prompt. There are several options available in the Windows 11 Settings app to customize your operating system. However, you will need to open the Command Prompt to perform some tasks.

The Command Prompt is a helpful tool that allows you to make changes faster than you can in the graphical interface. In addition, some changes in Windows 11 can only be made through the Command Prompt because these changes are not available through the default set of settings.

The Command Prompt itself is actually an executable CLI program, cmd.exe. In the Command Prompt, the user types a command including a basic batch file or a command name and any arguments to specify certain conditions, logging, and so on for the program.

Command Prompt interfaces can be powerful and concise, and some tools not available through the graphical interface can be accessed. The Command Prompt also offers automation through scripting.

This article will read about 5 ways to access the Command Prompt.

5 ways to open Command Prompt in Windows 11

Open the Command Prompt via Win-X menu

The simplest way is to open the Command Prompt via the Win-X menu. However, in Windows 11, it works slightly differently than in Windows 10.

Right-click on the Start button. Then click on “Windows Terminal.”

Windows Terminal open

In the Windows Terminal window, click on the down arrow. Then click on “Command prompt.” The Windows Terminal window now opens a new tab with “Command Prompt”, which is the Command Prompt.

Similarly, you can also open a PowerShell window through Windows Terminal.

Open command prompt using windows terminal

Open Command Prompt as Administrator using Task Manager

You can also start a Command Prompt cmd-let through Task Manager. You can open the Command Prompt normally or open the Command Prompt as Administrator this way.

Right-click on the Start button. Click on Task Manager in the menu.

Open task manager from taskbar

In Task Manager, click “more details” in the lower-left corner. Then click on file and then on “Run new task”.

In the execution window type: cmd.exe

And optionally check the “Create this task with administrator privileges” option to run Command Prompt as Administrator. Click OK.

Open command prompt from taskmanager as administrator

Open Command Prompt through Windows Search

In the taskbar, click the magnifying glass to start a search. In the search window type: Command Prompt and click the result to open the Command Prompt.

Open command prompt from Windows search

Open the Command Prompt through Run

Run is a window that can launch apps and tools by entering a command. This is also how you can open the Command Prompt.

Right-click on the Start button. Click Run from the menu. In the Run window type:


The Command Prompt will now open immediately.

Open command prompt from run dialog

Open the Command Prompt from File Explorer

There are several ways to open a Command Prompt through File Explorer. The first way is to open the executable file in the C:\Windows\ folder.

Open the File Explorer. Go to C:\Windows\System32\ and open the file cmd.exe by double-clicking on it. If you want to run the Command Prompt as Administrator, right-click on the cmd.exe file and choose “Run as Administrator” from the menu.

Run cmd.exe from system32 directory

The second way is possibly even faster. In File Explorer, type in the address bar cmd.exe and open the Command Prompt directly.

run command prompt from windows explorer

With these 5 ways to open Command Prompt, I hope I have helped you and informed you a bit about the possibilities.

Thanks for reading!

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