How to Open Command Prompt (CMD) on Windows 11

Seven easy ways to open Command Prompt on Windows 11.

Windows has always included a command prompt to perform basic tasks. It is quicker, more convenient, and offers many tools not offered by the traditional GUI method, which is why many users prefer it over the conventional GUI method. CMD is a crucial part of Microsoft Windows to get done tasks with just keystrokes.

Command Prompt in Windows 11 can be launched in several ways. Choose the way that suits your needs once you’ve learned all the methods. Our favorite is pinning it to the taskbar and start menu.

Command Prompt using Windows Terminal

Learn to open Command Prompt in Windows Terminal (PowerShell) on Windows 11. Windows Terminal is a set of three aspects Azure cloud shell, PowerShell, and Command Prompt.

Users of command-line tools can set up and manage their terminal windows with Windows Terminal. You can open several tabs simultaneously, including Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell.

Windows Terminal opens the PowerShell tab by default when you launch it. Windows Terminal provides several options for opening the Command Prompt, including opening it in a new tab or setting it up to open every time you launch it. How we will accomplish both will be discussed.

Run Command Prompt in Windows Terminal

Open the Start Menu by pressing the Windows key, then search for Windows terminal, and then click on the correct result to open the Windows Terminal.

Windows terminal in search result

Alright, you see the down arrow icon, clicking it will reveal that you can open the command prompt by pressing control + shift +2.

Opening Command prompt tab in terminal

It will open the command prompt in the same Windows terminal but in the New tab.

Windows terminal

Set Command Prompt Default in Terminal

Make Windows terminal open Command Prompt by default, after that launching the Windows terminal this way will open a Command prompt by default.

You can make Command Prompt your default profile by choosing the Options drop-down menu that appears when you click the downward-facing arrow in Windows Terminal. With CTRL + , you can launch Terminal Settings.

In the Windows Terminal Settings page, select the ‘Startup’ tab (if not opened automatically) and click on the Default profiles drop-down menu.

windows terminal default profile

From the menu, choose Command Prompt. And click on the Save button to save these settings.

Windows terminal, Settings

Windows Terminal will launch by default with Command Prompt by default. When Windows Terminal is launched, the Command Prompt will be opened by default. Now the default behavior for Windows Terminal is to launch with Command Prompt.

Launch CMD from Start Menu

The Start Menu is also an easy way to open the Command Prompt. Press the WINDOWS key or click on the Start icon in the Taskbar to launch the Start Menu if you want to access Command Prompt from the Start Menu. At the top of the window, select the Command Prompt icon.

  1. Search Command Prompt in search.
  2. When you see Command Prompt in the search result, Right Click and select Pin to start.

Also, if you wish to open the command prompt as admin privileges. You can search Windows prompt in the start menu, Right-click on the Command prompt from the Start menu, and select Run as administrator.

Windows 11, Command Prompt pinned in start menu

Note: in Windows 11, if you select Pin to start, it will appear under the Pinned section in the start menu.

Pin Command Prompt to Start and Taskbar Windows 11

In order to quickly access.Windows prompt you can’t pin it to start menu and in the taskbar. The process of doing this is very easy. You search for command prompt in the search menu and when you find the appropriate result, right-click on it and select pin to start for pinning to Start menu and pin to taskbar for pinning to the taskbar.

Open Command Prompt from Search Menu

You can also open the Command Prompt from the Search Menu, Click on the Start button, and type Command Prompt.

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Command Prompt in search result

Open Command Prompt from Run Command

Run gives you quick access to the Command Prompt application. Press Windows + R to launch the Run dialog box, type cmd in the text area, and click ‘OK’ / press ENTER to launch it.

Run CMD command

OpenCommand Prompt from Desktop Shortcut

  1. Right click anywhere on Desktop.
  2. Select New Item ➜ Shortcut.
  3. Type CMD in the location of the item.
  4. Type cmd.exe as a name for this shortcut.

Adding a shortcut to the desktop makes sense if you frequently access Command Prompt for executing tasks.

Click the right mouse button on any empty portion of the desktop to add a shortcut for Command Prompt. Then one click over New item, hover over ↗️Shortcut, and click it.

Create CMD shortcut on Windows 11

Click on Next at the bottom of the screen to move to the Create Shortcut window. Type ‘cmd‘ in the text box under Type the location of the item and click Create Shortcut.

Click on Finish at the bottom of the form to finish. After entering a suitable name for the shortcut, click on Next.

The command prompt can be accessed by right-clicking on the desktop shortcut and selecting open or selecting ‘Run as administrator’ for an elevated command prompt.

Open Command Prompt from the Taskbar

People who use the Command Prompt frequently may find this option useful. It’s very convenient to have it on the Taskbar, so it can be reached with a click. Command Prompt must first be pinned to the Taskbar before it can be accessed from there.

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Pin Command prompt in taskbar (#2)
  • Click the search result, right-click on it, and choose ‘Pin to taskbar’ as the option to save Command Prompt to the Taskbar.
  • You can also access Command Prompt by clicking on its Taskbar icon.
  • Using the Taskbar shortcut to access the command prompt, right-click on the Command Prompt option, then click the Run as Administrator option.

Open Command Prompt from File Explorer

From This PC

  1. Open This PC by pressing Windows + E or with anyother method.

Cmd in This PC

C:\Windows\System32

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