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The Run command is used frequently by experienced computer users and can easily be added and removed from the Start menu in Windows 7.

We finally got my hubby a new Toshiba laptop with Windows 7. We noticed one very inconvenient difference and wondered if perhaps you could help us find where Run is now.

On the XP, you click on Start and Run is in the option right behind Search. We use this often for such things as MSConfig, Regedit, CMD, SFC, etc. Now, we don't know where to find this valuable tool. Is there a Run feature on Windows 7? If so, how can one find it?

In this excerpt from Answercast #12, I show how to add the familiar Run command to the Start menu and also suggest a much faster way to activate Run on your machine.

Does Windows 7 have a Run command?

"Absolutely! there is a Run feature on Windows 7."

What I recommend you do, instead of looking for it in the Start Menu (which I'll tell you about in a minute) is this:

  • Windows Key + R

Much like typing a Ctrl-R. If you hold down the Windows key and click on R (or press R), it will bring up the Run dialog box that you're so familiar with.

I use that all the time for many of the programs that you just listed yourself. You can get it whether it's visible in the Windows menu or not. Windows key + R is the Run command.

Configuring the Start menu

As for getting it back on your Start menu, what you need to do is right-click on your Start menu and click on Properties. In Customize, you'll see a long list of things that can be turned on or off on your Start menu.

One of them is, in fact, the Run command. It's a simple checkbox. You turn it on and, after hitting OK on the dialog box, the Run command is once again visible in the Start menu.

It's simply an option.

The reason that it defaults to Off (I believe) is that for the average computer user, it's actually slightly more confusing when they want to run a program.

For those who know that they want the Run command, it's very easy to go turn it on.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Bill Landau
April 26, 2012 12:03 PM

There is another option you didn't mention: click on Start (the Orb) and type the command you want to run and hit enter. By default, when you hit Start, the focus is in the "Search programs and files" box. If you enter any of the commands such as Cmd or RegEdit, they will be run when you hit enter. I think that's one of the reasons that Run is not shown by default.

Hans
April 27, 2012 1:58 PM

Here is RUN:
Click Start > click All Programs > click Accessories and there is RUN in the list

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