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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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The Run Command

The Start screen doesn’t ordinarily include the Run command. But power users and über-geeks may well want to put it back into the Start screen, following the instructions in Chapter 2.

Or don’t bother. Whenever you want the Run command, you can just press +R, or type run at the Start screen, or right-click the lower-left corner of the screen and choose Run from the secret Utilities menu.

The Run command gets you to a command line, as shown in Figure 6-35. A command line is a text-based method of performing a task. You type a command, click OK, and something happens as a result.

Note

The command line in the Run dialog box is primarily for opening things. Windows also comes with a program called Command Prompt that offers a far more complete environment—not just for opening things, but also for controlling and manipulating them. Power users can type long sequences of commands and symbols in Command Prompt.

If you’re a PC veteran, your head probably teems with neat Run commands you’ve picked up over the years. If you’re new to this idea, however, the following are a few of the useful and timesaving functions you can perform with the Run dialog box.

Top: The last Run command you entered appears automatically in the Open text box. You can use the drop-down list to see a list of commands you’ve previously entered.Bottom: The Run command knows the names of all your folders and also remembers the last few commands you typed here. As you go, you’re shown the best match for the characters you’re typing. When the name of the folder you’re trying to open appears in the list, click it to prevent having to type the rest of the entry.

Figure 6-35. Top: The last Run command you entered appears automatically in the Open text box. You can use the drop-down list to ...

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