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How to Open a Command Prompt in Windows 8 and 8.1

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A command prompt is an entry point for typing computer commands in the Command Prompt window. By typing commands at the command prompt, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows graphical interface.

This tutorial will show you how to open an unelevated command prompt in Windows 8.


EXAMPLE: Command Prompt

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Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
Open a Command Prompt from Win+X Power Users Tasks Menu

1.
Open the Power User Tasks Menu, and click/tap on Command Prompt. (see screenshot below)

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Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
To "Open Command Prompt Here"

NOTE: This option allows you to open a command prompt that opens to the location of the selected folder or drive.

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. In File Explorer, select or open a folder or drive that you want to open the command prompt at that location for, click/tap on the File tab on the Ribbon, and click/tap on Open command prompt. (see screenshots below)

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3. In File Explorer, press and hold the Shift key, then right click or press and hold on a folder or drive that you want to open the command prompt at that location for, and click/tap on Open Command Prompt Here. (see screenshots below)

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Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8 OPTION THREE Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
Open a Command Prompt from the "Run" Dialog

1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type cmd and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8 OPTION FOUR Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
Open a Command Prompt from Task Manager


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If you are signed in as a standard user, then this will open a unelevated command prompt.

If you are signed in as an administrator, then this will open an elevated command prompt.


1. Open Task Manager with more details.

2. Click/tap on File (menu bar), then press and hold the CTRL key and click/tap on Run new task. (see screenshot below)

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Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8 OPTION FIVE Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
Open a Command Prompt from Search Apps

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to search for cmd.exe.

2. Search for CMD from Start Screen

A) From the Start screen, start typing cmd, and go to step 4 below.

3. Search for CMD from Search Apps

A) Open the Charms bar, and click/tap on Search, and go to step 4 below.
NOTE: You could also press the Windows + Q to open Search.

4. In the Search flyout, type cmd, and press Enter or click/tap on Command Prompt. (see screenshot below)

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Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8 OPTION SIX Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
Open a Command Prompt from File Explorer

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Open File Explorer, navigate to the file below, and run/open it. (see screenshot below)


C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe


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That's it,
Shawn