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Why be so elusive with the RUN box?

  1. #1

    Why be so elusive with the RUN box?


    As an IT professional, I can tell you that I have saved HOURS and HOURS using the RUN box both
    in Windows XP and Windows 7 to launch a myriad of apps like notepad, mspaint, msconfig, services.msc,
    and the list goes on. On a pen only (no keyboard) tablet, you have to go through TOO MANY steps to
    do these kind of searches.

    Why didn't they put the RUN box on the Charms menu? There is plenty of room for it. That would
    make it easy as pie!

    Microsoft is gonna tick off a lot of people like me by making it longer and more difficult to do the same
    things in previous versions of Windows.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You don't need run to launch apps, unless you need to specify parameters. Just open the start menu and start typing the first few letters of the app "Not..." for instance, and Notepad is right there. Takes half a second.

    If you need to do Run, WinKey+R brings it up.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Another convenient way to get to "run" is through the power user tasks menu. Why be so elusive? MS is pushing a new way to run/use Windows and doesn't mind taking flack to "nudge" users to do so.
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    Win-R will bring up the run menu.

    Also, right click in lower left corner and Run is included in this menu.


    I launch a majority of my apps using the Run menu too.
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    Win8.1 Pro 64bit


    +1 on the Winkey + R. It's just faster and simpler to it that way.
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    Not forgetting, if you are using Metro, a right click for "All Apps" will show run, which you can then pin to start. Can't really see that it is more elusive than in Windows 7?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Not forgetting, if you are using Metro, a right click for "All Apps" will show run, which you can then pin to start. Can't really see that it is more elusive than in Windows 7?
    It probably comes down to force of habit. I end up using my mouse a lot for work. So, when I am in my desktop and my hand is already on my mouse, it's just 2nd nature to click on Start Button, go to search field and type in notepad, or snipping, or winword to launch an application. Using WinKey+R is not 2nd nature to me and I have to think about it for a second.

    I don't like to jump out of the desktop and over to the Start Screen to launch an application as I find the transition a bit jarring and I can actually get distracted looking at the tiles and then miss what's happening on my desktop like new Outlook emails or incoming Lync instant messages.

    For me, it's not really that "run" is elusive, it's more that the Start button is missing which is my natural gateway to Run/Search.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You have to move your hands to the keyboard anyways to type notepad or cmd... so the whole "My hand is already on the mouse" bit seems made up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    You have to move your hands to the keyboard anyways to type notepad or cmd... so the whole "My hand is already on the mouse" bit seems made up.
    my right hand is on the mouse, my left hand on the keyboard. I click on start, go to run box, type n with my left hand and it goes to notepad. I hit enter and it launches.

    It's just force of habit and what comes naturally.
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    Try this:
    1- go to start panel, press any key & the Backspace key
    2- scroll to far right and right-click on Run
    3- bottom left corner click on Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start
    OR
    4- click on 'Open file location' then right-click the Run shortcut & click Send to ... Desktop
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