Creating Customized Run Commands

The Run command on Microsoft Windows operating system allows you to directly open an application or document with just a single command instead of navigating to it’s location and double-clicking the executable icon. However, it only works for some of the inbuilt Windows programs such as Command prompt (cmd), Calculator (calc) etc. So now lets try to create our own customized commands as per our needs.

For example let me create a run command for opening Firefox browser – The worlds most widely used Internet Browser. Here are the steps :

  • Right click on your Desktop and select New -> Shortcut.
  • You will see a “Create Shortcut” Dialog box .
  • Click on “Browse”, navigate to: Program Files -> Mozilla Firefox from your Root drive (usually C:\) and select “firefox.exe”  and click on “OK”.
  • Now click on “Next” and type any name for your shortcut. You can choose any name as per your choice; this will be your customized “Run command”. In this case I name my shortcut as “ff”. Click on “Finish”.
  • You will see a shortcut named “ff” on your desktop. All you need to do is just copy this shortcut and paste it in your Windows folder (usually “C:/Windows”). Once you have copied the shortcut onto your Windows folder, you can delete the one on your Desktop.
  • That’s it! From now on, just open the Run dialog box(Win Key + R), type ff and hit Enter to open the Firefox.

In this way you can create customized Run commands for any program of your choice.

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