Launching Applications From The Run Command In XP

One of the easy ways of launching applications is to use the Run command. For example, if you want to launch the calculator, simply open the Run command and type ‘calc’. If you wanted to open Microsoft Word, simply type in winword, press Enter and the program opens.

You can customize the name used to open an application. For example, instead of having to type winword you could type in “Word.” This can be accomplished in a few simply steps. Using the Microsoft Word example:

  1. Locate winword.exe in the Program Files\Microsoft Office directory. Right click the executable and click Create Shortcut.
  2. Right click the shortcut and click cut.
  3. Locate the Windows directory and paste the shortcut in here.
  4. Right click the shortcut and choose rename.
  5. Type in the name you want to use to open the application, such as Word, and press Enter.
  6. You can now open the Run command and type in Word instead of winword to launch Microsoft Word.
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  • Utnnyan

    This doesn’t seem to work for me.

  • EMG

    You have to paste the shortcut into c:\windows\system32, not just windows. The ‘run’ command looks into the system32 folder for matching words. Otherwise, this works fine.

  • Robert C Guy

    You have to paste the link into any folder included in your system’s PATH variable. On the desktop RightClick on the ‘My Computer’ icon and select properties, click on the “Advanced” tab (almost certainly the upper left tab), click on “Environment Variables” (or press [Alt]+”n”), In the lower selection box labeled “System Variabls” (accessible by keyboard with [Alt]+”s”) there is a variable called “Path” (or similar); any directory identified in this variable will be searched through for anything issued from the Run command. Because of this, if you create, for instance, a directory on your computer in “C:\path” and add that to the Path variable so it looks like “….;C:\path;…” then any link, .bat, .cmd, etc that is put in that folder will be accessible by the run command.

  • Olamide Olatunji

    This is very useful