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How to Create a Desktop Shortcut to a Command Prompt Window

In a nutshell, a Command Prompt window allows you to run extremely useful “DOS” style commands by typing them directly into the system to bypass the limitations imposed by Windows’ graphical user interface.

There are several ways to open a Command Prompt window, and I always explain how to open one when a tip requires it.

If you find yourself opening a Command Prompt window on a regular basis, it’s easy to create a Desktop shortcut that will open it for you with a double mouse click.

Sound good? If so, follow the steps below to create a shortcut to the Command Prompt right on your Desktop:

1 – Right-click on a blank area of the Desktop and click New>Shortcut.

2 – Copy and paste the following line of text into the “Location” field:


3 – Click Next.

4 – Name the new shortcut Command Prompt, then click Finish.

You should now see the new shortcut on your Desktop. Now, let’s tweak it to force it to always open a Command Prompt window with administrator privileges. Here’s how:

1 – Right-click on the Command Prompt shortcut, then click Properties.

2 – Click the Advanced button.

3 – Check the box beside Run as administrator.

4 – Click OK, then click OK again.

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