Windows Windows 7

How To Add the Run Command to Window 7’s Start Menu

January 7, 2010

Those of you who rely heavily on the run dialog may have noticed it is no longer in the Windows 7 start menu by default. If, like myself, you’re accustomed to using the Win+R hotkey then this isn’t much of an inconvenience. However if you’d like to add it back to the start menu this can be done easily by following these steps:

  1. Right Click on your taskbar
  2. Click Properties
  3. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog select the Start Menu tab
  4. Click the Customize button
  5. Scroll down the list until you see Run Command and click the check box beside it
  6. Click OK twice to close the dialog boxes

That’s it, you should now see “Run…” when you click your start button 😛

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  1. Nice. I have to ask what the point is though.. when you can use the search box on the windows 7 start menu to run commands anyway.

  2. @Mike – The Start Menu does not allow you to run the same commands as the run dialog. Rather it searches an index of what’s on your hard drive and offers you results based on that. So if you want to run a command such as “control userpasswords2” you will need the old fashioned run dialog. On top of that, many like myself are used to using the run dialog and prefer not to have to reach for the mouse to launch an application — using the Start Menu search slows us down.

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