Run-Command: A Powerful Alternative to the Native Windows Run Box

Most people who use a Windows computer regularly, often make use of the Run dialog box that can be displayed using the hotkey shortcut of WindowsLogoKey+R. This dialog box lets you type in the process name of a number of useful applications to access them quickly. For example, to open up the calculator, all you have to do is type ‘calc’ in the Run box.


But there are certain other processes that require a different kind of execution such as “Run as Administrator.” In this case you would have to add a few extra steps before you could actually start the process. Thankfully, there is a nifty alternative available that helps you incorporate various useful options into a custom Run box. This custom box is offered by a Windows utility called “Run-Command.”


Run-Command is an excellent piece of freeware that comes in a very tiny zip package that is sized at nearly 60 KB. You run the application by extracted the EXE contained in the archive and running it – installation is not required. When you first run the application, what you see might not seem very different to the native Run box at first glance. But a close inspection quickly reveals the many useful differences. For example, Run-Command has an inbuilt shortcut to run a process as the Administrator of that PC. There are also shortcuts available in the bottom left of the application’s window. These shortcuts appear in the form of icons and they correspond to the Command Prompt, the Registry, and various other system applications that users often execute from the Run box. An even further set of application shortcuts can be found in the top left of the application under the Favorite menu. Here you will find a multitude of application shortcuts. This list is particularly helpful because at times, you might forget what the process name or running shortcut is of a particular application. In that case you can simply use the Favorites menu instead of typing the process name in the input text are of the Run box.

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You can have Run-Command automatically start up every time you run Windows. You can also have the application minimize to the System Tray when you close it. This way, the application is always running and it always appears when you use the WindowsLogo+R hotkey shortcut, replacing the native Run box. You can exit Run-Command by right-clicking on its System Tray icon.


For non-native English speakers, the application provides support in various other languages.


As you can see, this application offers a powerful alternative to the native Run box offered by Windows. Regular users of the Run box should definitely check out what Run-Command has to offer – they will not be disappointed.

You can check out Run-Command over here.



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