How to Create Your Own Customized Run Commands

Create Customized Run commandsThe Run command on Microsoft Windows operating system allows you to directly open an application or document with just a single command instead of navigating to its location and double-clicking the executable icon. However, it only works for some of the inbuilt Windows programs such as Command prompt (cmd), Calculator (calc) etc.

So, have you ever wondered how to create your own customized Run commands for accessing your favorite programs, files and folders? Well, read on to find out the answer.

Creating the Customized Run Command:

Let me take up an example of how to create a customized run command for opening the Internet explorer. Once you create this command, you should be able to open the Internet explorer just by typing ie in the Run dialog box. Here is how you can do that.

  1. Right-click on your Desktop and select New -> Shortcut.

  2. You will see a “Create Shortcut” Dialog box as shown below

    Create customized Run command

  3. Click on “Browse”, navigate to: Program Files -> Internet Explorer from your Root drive (usually C:\) and select “iexplore” as shown in the above figure and click on “OK”.

  4. Now click on “Next” and type any name for your shortcut. You can choose any name as per your choice; this will be your customized “Run command”. In this case I name my shortcut as “ie“. Click on “Finish”.

  5. You will see a shortcut named ie on your desktop. All you need to do is just copy this shortcut and paste it in your Windows folder (usually “C:/Windows”). Once you have copied the shortcut onto your Windows folder, you can delete the one on your Desktop.

  6. That’s it! From now on, just open the Run dialog box, type ie and hit Enter to open the Internet Explorer.

In this way you can create customized Run commands for any program of your choice. Say ff for Firefox, ym for Yahoo messenger, wmp for Windows media player and so on.

To do this, when you click on “Browse” in the Step-3, just select the target program’s main executable (.exe) file which will usually be located in the “C:\Program Files” folder. Give a simple and short name for this shortcut as per your choice and copy the shortcut file onto the Windows folder as usual. Now just type this short name in the Run dialog box to open the program.

I hope this post has helped you create your own Run commands and use them in your daily life. Pass your comments.


  1. Ankit
    April 20, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Great post i was waiting for post frm one month

    • saif ullah khalid
      January 25, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      your post is awsome and great and very usefull for computer user

    • nishant
      February 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      it is not working in my p.c

  2. Sumeet Kukreja
    April 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Hey Nice Article, That is something i was looking for…

  3. Kannan
    April 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    This is nice but I have a simpler trick than this. Go to System Properties.
    Select on Advanced tab.
    Click on “Environment Variables” button.
    In the system variable list box, double click on Path item.
    In the Variable Value text box, just give the path the path of your desktop (Or some other folder where you have your shortcuts). Click ok and close the dialog.
    Now try the trick.

    • veer
      October 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      hi sir,its very nice trick………

  4. Biren Agrawalla
    April 20, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    heyy it really works…but i have a doubt that what is the need of doing this…we can easyly go to ant thing by double click on that…and can u tell me some cmd quotes to access any folder…

  5. Harsh
    April 20, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Yo man.!!!!!!!!!

    its really amazing and nice.. very useful post. thanks for sharing. keep posting such a good posts.

  6. Jeet Dholakia
    April 20, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Hello Srikanth,
    i follow your site regularly and this article is just amazing,very good yar i liked it very much.
    hope you will always serve us a good article and tips like this.
    thank you.
    hey can i share your article on my site,with a black link to your site as source?just asking you.

    • Srikanth
      April 22, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      @ Jeet Dholakia

      Yes you can share. But don’t forget to mention the source of the article with a backlink.

  7. Reena
    April 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    It is ok till step5 but in step 6, it`s not working.The error shown is “Make sure u have typed the letter correct”.
    I had tried with other s/w’s also.

    • Srikanth
      April 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      @ Reena

      If you follow each step correctly, I think everything should work fine. This trick can work for any program and can save you a lot of time.

  8. Anand
    April 21, 2011 at 8:59 AM


    Great post.Wroks well, Its save lot of time.

  9. MM
    April 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Nice post..

    Can u post some hacks using Linux OS like Ubuntu?..

  10. Sudeep Acharya
    April 21, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Hlw sir thanks for this tricks this is great one.
    My start menu shows empty while searching all programs, i am using xp please help me about fixing this problem.

  11. Rocky
    April 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Very interesting… but I’m not sure I see the point in doing this, wouldn’t it be faster to just have the shortcut on your desktop?

    • Srikanth
      April 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      @ Rocky and all those who doesn’t see the point in doing this trick

      First of all, creating a shortcut command can save you a lot of time in program execution. As you can choose your own name for the command it becomes easy to remember them. Secondly as the number of desktop shortcut increases, PC booting time and overall speed/performance will decrease. Having too many shortcuts can make your desktop look ugly as well. I prefer to have not more than 6 desktop shortcuts.

  12. Thamizh
    April 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    This post is really nice…. from this post i got some information… Thank you…..

  13. Dayatch
    April 22, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    What a wonderful post. man, you are the bomb

  14. praveen kumar singh
    April 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    it’s so simple….
    maine to kuch bda socha tha.

  15. blck hacker
    April 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    very good option

  16. Mukul
    April 27, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    awesome post dude…i wanna learn something bigger

  17. chintan
    May 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    more easy than i understood…

  18. franky
    May 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    dude ur post is really helpful !!! thnx….!

  19. ashy
    May 3, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    i find it out myself 2 years ago.
    nice to see it here.

  20. Sumanth Kumar
    May 4, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    nice tips bro..thanks for sharing..expecting some more from u.. :)

  21. omegaLaman
    May 4, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    damn tha was really dope, i love it

  22. vishal
    May 12, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    It’s COol………………

  23. siva_phd9
    May 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Nice trick.Thank you a lot for sharing

  24. martand
    July 4, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    very nice………..

  25. Aniket
    July 5, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Thank a lot. Thi is very useful 4 m.

  26. om
    July 14, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    dude great work..

  27. karthik
    July 22, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    wow it was great and very useful

  28. lasantha
    July 23, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    very nice and useful lesson.sometime when can’t use mouse we can use this method easily.

  29. Tarang
    July 31, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    good one sir…

  30. rajesh
    August 5, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    fantastic wow

  31. Arun
    August 19, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    really good one..!! :)

  32. Akramul Haq
    September 16, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    Nice post

  33. Scofield
    September 27, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Wonderfull this thing works I gotta recommend this to my friends

  34. ehte
    October 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    mind blowing

  35. shre
    November 5, 2011 at 9:23 PM


  36. Amol
    December 1, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Yep, if u hv created ur own program then it is the safe way ro acces, cool

  37. ashish
    December 12, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    nice post dear….

  38. tirumal
    December 12, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    hai srikanth it is nice i will recommand it to my friends also

  39. sam
    January 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    simply great…:)

  40. Kishore
    January 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Extraordinary mate Keep continuing this good jobs

  41. chandra sekhar azad
    January 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Nice Bro……
    Nice article .Keep gooing….
    by sharing this type of articles

    thanks a lot.

  42. mayur
    February 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    always you guys have amazing stuff

    and also this is very great thing to do.

    thank you
    well done

  43. Abhilash
    February 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Awesome post…
    Can you please tell me how to put your own folder in “SEND TO” list, which appears in pop menu on right clicking.

  44. Muralidharan
    August 28, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Hi this is a cool option….
    I love to use run command’s this will be very helpful to me. I will customize as i like.

    Thanks :)

  45. piyush
    October 14, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    thank you sir it a helpful trick forme.
    your fan himanshu.

  46. veer
    October 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    hi,its very nice post…I recomend this trick to my friend also.

    November 30, 2012 at 5:51 PM


  48. saif ullah khalid
    January 25, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    your post is nice awsome and informatic

  49. Anil Patel
    March 23, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Good inform me nice bro …

  50. mike
    March 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    can anyone help – i need to send a backdated email… is this possible? can i add a word doc to it??


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