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How to Add the Run Command to the Windows 10 Start Menu

Posted by Jim Tanous on November 9, 2015
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Although most day-to-day tasks in Windows can be accomplished via the standard graphical user interface, a tremendous amount of power and functionality relies upon the Run command. The Run command, known to most users as “the Run box,” has long had a convenient top-level shortcut in the Windows Start Menu. While the Start Menu returned in Windows 10, the Run command didn’t. There are certainly other ways to access the Run command, but for those who prefer to use a Start Menu shortcut, here’s how to get it back.

Add the Run Command as a Windows 10 Start Menu Tile

First, we’ll need to access the Run command’s icon, and there are two primary methods to do this. The first is to access the Run command in its current location, buried in the Start Menu at All Apps > Windows System > Run. The second method to access the Windows Run command icon is to use Start Menu (or Cortana) Search. Just click the Search or Cortana icon in the Windows 10 taskbar and type “Run.” You’ll see the Run command appear at the top of the list.
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Once you’ve found the Run command icon via one of the two methods above, right-click on it and select Pin to Start. You’ll see a new tile appear on your Start Menu labeled “Run.” Once it’s there, you can rearrange or resize it as desired.
windows 10 run command start menu tile

Add the Run Command as a Windows 10 Start Menu Shortcut

The method above does indeed add the Run command to the Windows 10 Start Menu, but a tile isn’t quite what most longtime Windows users are probably looking for. In pre-release versions of Windows 10, users could add the Run command to the left side of the Start Menu by manually creating a shortcut to the Run command and then dragging and dropping it on Start Menu.
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Unfortunately, Microsoft removed the ability for users to manually add content to the left side of the Start Menu with the official release of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015 and has not returned that ability in any public builds as of the date of this article. There are numerous rumors, however, that Microsoft is planning to restore this feature in a future update, and we’ll modify this tip when they do.

10 thoughts on “How to Add the Run Command to the Windows 10 Start Menu”

MARK says:
WINDOWS 10 IS JUST SO FRUSTRATING. THEY HAVE MADE IT SO DIFFICULT TO ACCESS YOU PC, TO MODIFY OR CHANGE THINGS IS A NIGHTMARE. THEY HAVE HIDDEN OR TAKEN AWAY THE MOST USED FUNCTIONS. IT’S A GOD DAM PC. NOT A FKN MOBILE PHONE. CONTROL FREEKS THAT’S ALL THEY ARE. WIN7 IS THE BEST.
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Heide says:
I am trying to get Spotify off my taskbar and if necessary to totally ininstall it. So far I have accessed RUN but I do not see Spotify anywhere to get rid of it.
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John Ward says:
When Microsoft finally dies, the world will dance on its ashes
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Sean O'Neal says:
What’s The Path For The Shortcut (Windows 10 10.0.14393) (2016 Version)
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Paul Muehter says:
Very helpful. Thanks
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A-Star Computing says:
This feature no longer works in the newer builds, you can only pin to start on the right side. Best option is to use right-click or Windowskey+X , as Chris stated below
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mr215 says:
another reason to avoid 10.
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kkastroid says:
good point. i don’t understand why they changed whole UI like this. old UI worked fine and people’ve been using this form decades.
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Chris says:
You can also just right-click the start menu icon. Run appears in that context menu, along with command prompt…
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NazmusLabs says:
You can also type in your run commands on the Search box in start menu. Most, if not all run commands should work.
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TekRevue says:
Great points, both of you. And indeed, there are many ways to access the Run command (we usually prefer the Windows Key + R shortcut). This tip was written to specifically address a reader’s request about adding it to the Start Menu, but perhaps a more comprehensive article listing all methods is in order.
kkastroid says:
no it doesn’t

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