How to Launch Custom Programs From the Run Box in Windows

By Taylor Gibb on July 6th, 2012

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If you have been following How-To Geek for a while, you will probably have noticed that we are fans of the Win + R keyboard combo. You too can take advantage of it by adding your very own commands to it, here’s how.

Creating a Custom Alias

We will be needing a third party utility for this since Windows doesn’t allow us to do this out of the box, so head over to this developer’s website and grab a copy of the Win + R Alias Manager.

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Once the file has been downloaded you will need to extract it.

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Now head into the folder and run WinRAliasManager.exe.

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When the program opens you will need to click on the add button.

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Now you can choose an alias for you program, as well select the program that you wish to launch.

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When you are ready click on the OK button, and then press the Win + R keyboard combination to bring up a run box.

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Then the alias you chose and then press enter.

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That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 07/6/12
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