This post shows students and new users steps to open and use the Command Prompt in Windows 11. In Windows, the Command Prompt allows users to perform tasks or run commands on their computer without using Windows GUI or the graphical user interface.
The Command Prompt is a useful command-line interface app that executes commands in Windows. However, it is not an app that new users use regularly. Instead, it is a very handy tool mainly used by advanced users and those that know how it works.
Windows 11 also has a command-line interface app called Windows Terminal. Now Windows Terminal is the default console to open installed shells like the Command Prompt and PowerShell.
Below are some steps that one can use to open and use the Command Prompt in Windows 11.
How to open and use the command prompt in Windows 11
As mentioned above, the Command Prompt allows users to perform tasks or run commands on their computer without using Windows GUI or the graphical user interface.
What steps show you how to open the command prompt in Windows 11?
Open Command Prompt in Windows Terminal
Windows Terminal default in PowerShell. However, you can also open the Command Prompt via the Windows Terminal app.
Read the post below to open the Command Prompt via Windows Terminal.
How to open Command Prompt in Windows Terminal
Open the Command Prompt from Windows Search
Windows Search allows you to search for apps and settings. It can also be used to open the Command Prompt in Windows 11.
Open Windows Search or press the keyboard short Windows key + S.
Then type cmd into the Windows Search box. Under Best match, select the Command Prompt app to open.
Open Command Prompt from Run box
Windows Run command box can open an application or document whose path is known directly. Command variables can also be entered in the box to execute those commands quickly.
To open the Command Prompt via the Run command, you can search for the Run apps or press the keyboard shortcut: Windows key + R.
Next, type the cmd in the Run box and press Enter or OK to open the Command Prompt.
Open Command Prompt from File Explorer
Another way one can open the Command Prompt is via File Explorer. All programs have their executables in File Explorer. If you know where the executable lives in File Explorer, you can browse there and launch the app.
First, open File Explorer or use the keyboard shortcuts: Windows key + E. Next, navigate to and open the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Locate and double-click the cmd.exe executable to open the Command Prompt.
Open Command Prompt using Power User Menu
One more method in Windows 11 is through the Power User Menu. First, press the keyboard short: Windows key + X or right-click on the Start menu to launch the Power User Menu. Then choose Windows Terminal from the menu that appears.
Open the Command Prompt as administrator
As you can see above, there are multiple ways to open the Command Prompt. If you want to open the Command Prompt app as administrator, then the post below should be helpful.
How to open and run apps as an administrator in Windows 11
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