How to use the Explorer address bar as a run box in Windows 10

How to use the Explorer address bar as a run box in Windows 10

December 15, 2015 For Administration

The latest installment of Microsoft's Windows, Windows 10 has many new and revamped features.

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One of these features is the ability to run different commands and access different locations and utilities simply by using the address bar in Windows 10 File Explorer.

Yes, you can use several different commands to launch different tools from File Explorer and also access different libraries on your PC.

For example: Place the cursor in the address bar. Now type Notepad and then hit Enter.

The result would be a new document, ready for editing, open in Notepad for you.

Let's try a position now.

Place the cursor in the address bar, type Download and press Enter when finished. You will notice that File Explorer has automatically moved to the location of the Downloads folder.

How to use the Explorer address bar as a run box in Windows 10

Let's try to access something more powerful and useful, like the command prompt.

Place the cursor in the address bar by simply clicking on it anywhere. Once the cursor is positioned, type Cmd and press Enter.

How to use the Explorer address bar as a run box in Windows 10

You will see the command prompt open. You can now use the command prompt to boot anything into Windows. Basically, having the ability to access the command prompt from the address bar makes being able to access different programs and utilities on your PC a reality.

But Microsoft has introduced numerous commands that can be used directly in File Explorer, just identify the command you want to use according to your need, type it in the address bar and press Enter.

I have classified the different commands into two distinguishable categories

1- Position shortcuts

Shortcuts that can be used to access different locations.

2- Commands

Various commands depending on the type of utility / tool / program they activate.

Location shortcuts

Microsoft Windows has multiple folders located in different locations based on their native usage and function, this in turn can become a major obstacle when multitasking. You can use location shortcuts to access these locations faster.

a) Documents: the documents folder

b) Downloads: the download folder

c) Pictures: the folder of pictures

d) Videos: the video folder

e) Control: the control panel

f) Favorites: the favorites folder


Windows essentially has different commands that can run different utilities from different locations, with the command prompt being the most versatile. But the command prompt also needs to be accessible somewhere, so having lots of shortcuts helps in difficult situations like crashes, software crashes, infected files, etc. Here are some commands you can type in File Explorer to access different tools and programs. .

a) calc- Open the calculator

b) cleanmgr- Open Disk Cleanup

c) compmgmt.msc - Open Team Management

e) devmgmt.msc: Open Device Manager

f) iexplore: apri Internet Explorer

g) zoom in - Magnifying glass open

h) mip - Mathematical input panel

i) msinfo32- Show system information

j) dxdiag - Directx Diagnostic Tool

k) osk - On-screen keyboard

l) Narrator - Open Narrator

m) painting-painting

n) regedit: opens the registry editor

o) snippingtool - Open the snipping tool

p) taskmgr- Task Manager

q) wmplayer – Windows Media Player

r) write - Open Wordpad

These were some of the commands you can type in File Explorer and use it to launch various utilities and tools and access different folders. 🙂

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