How to Open Windows 11 Run Command (and More)

Written by Thirumalraj

In this post, you’ll see:

Please click or tap on the above link to navigate to the corresponding section.

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Open Windows 11 Run Command

You can open the Run Command Box in four different ways.

Method #1

Windows 11’s Run Command keyboard shortcut is Windows + R. Together, press both keys.

Method #2

Open the Power User menu (for that, right-click the Start button or press the Windows and X keys simultaneously).

Choose “Run” between “Search” and “Shut down or sign out.”

Method #3

Open the Start menu. Type run and click Run app in the search results.

Method #4

Open the Start menu. Click the “All apps” button beneath the search box.

Click on “Windows Tools” from the app list. Double-click “Run.”

That’s all.

How to Disable Run Command

Here’s how to disable the Run Command Box in Windows 11:

Open Registry Editor. I recommend Registry backup before continuing.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

Right-click the blank space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Enter NoRun as the name and press the “Enter” key.

Double-click it and enter 1 in the Value data field. Click the OK button.

Restart File Explorer.

That’s it. When you access Run from now on, you’ll see this message:

“This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.”

You can enable the run by replacing 1 with 0 or deleting the DWORD you created above. Restart File Explorer.

Alternate Method

Open local group policy editor.

Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

Double-click the “Remove Run menu from Start Menu” in the right pane.

Select Enabled. Click the OK button.

That’s all.

Note: To enable “Run,” follow the steps above, but select Not Configured or Disabled.

How to Add Run to Windows 11 Start Menu, Taskbar, or Desktop

How to Add Run as Start Menu or Taskbar Shortcut?

Click the Start button.

Type run. You’ll notice the “Pin to Start” and “Pin to taskbar” options on the right pane.

If you want Run to appear in the Start menu, click Pin to Start. You can see the shortcut in the “Pinned” section.

If you want the Run Command shortcut in the taskbar, click “Pin to taskbar.”

How to Add a Run Shortcut to the Start Menu

This one will add a Run shortcut to the app list.

Launch the Run dialog box. Press the “Enter” key after entering shell:programs.

Find the shortcut “Run” in the folder “Windows System.” Copy shortcut.

Click “Programs” in the address bar. In the Programs folder, paste the shortcut.

How to Create a Desktop Shortcut for Run Command

Method #1

Open the Start menu. You’ll see the Open file location option when you type run. Please click on it.

Click “Copy” after right-clicking the Run shortcut, and paste the shortcut on the desktop.

That’s all.

Method #2

Right-click the blank area of the desktop.

Hover your mouse over New. Select Shortcut.

Type explorer shell:::{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} and press Next.

You can change the shortcut name if you wish and click Finish.

If you like, you can change the shortcut icon.

How to Make Run Command on Windows 11

Here’s how to create a Run Command for your favorite apps, files, and folders:

Method #1

Make a shortcut for the one you want. You shouldn’t include space in the shortcut name, which is the command.

Copy this shortcut and paste it into the “Windows” folder on the “C” drive.

Method #2

This method doesn’t work for folders but files and apps.

Copy the path to the file or executable file of the app.

Here, I want to create the Run Command for PotPlayer. I’m copying the path to its executable file.

Now open the Registry Editor. Before proceeding, I recommend making a backup of the Registry.

Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion. 

Right-click “App Paths.” Select New > Key.

Specify the key name without spaces and add .exe at the end (I specify potplayer.exe).

Remember that the key name is with and without .exe is the command.

The right pane contains “Default.” Double-click it.

Paste the path you copied earlier into the “Value data” field. Click the OK button.

That’s all there is to it. If you execute the command potplayer or potplayer.exe in the Run Command Box, PotPlayer gets opened.

Category of this post: