Hidden Secret Trick to Open “Command Prompt” Window Instead of RUN Box Using New Task Option of Task Manager

There are many hidden secret tricks exist in Windows OS which have been shared many times in past by us. You can check out following article containing several hidden and unknown tricks present in Windows:

[Did You Know] Collection of Some Simple and Easy to Use Tips and Tricks for Windows Explorer

Most of the time I have noticed that these secret tricks involve CTRL or SHIFT key pressing while clicking on an option for example, accessing hidden "Exit Explorer" option in Start Menu, accessing hidden context menu options, accessing classic context menu for Taskbar program buttons in Windows 7, etc.

Using the same procedure another secret feature can be revealed in almost all Windows versions including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.

This secret feature is related to "Task Manager" in Windows. We all know that "Task Manager" is a system tool in Windows. You can open it by right-clicking on Taskbar and selecting Task Manager option. You can also directly open it by pressing "Ctrl+Shift+Esc" keys together.

Task Manager is widely used to close running programs and services in Windows. It can also be used to start a new program. You just need to select "File -> New Task (Run...)" option.


When you click on "New Task" option, it launches RUN dialog box where you can either type program name or select it using Browse dialog box.

But did you know you can directly open a Command Prompt window using "New Task" option? Yes, that's true. We have mentioned this trick long time back in this tutorial, check the NOTE given in Step 3.

You just need to press "CTRL" key while clicking on "New Task (Run...)" option in Task Manager and it'll directly open Command Prompt window instead of RUN dialog box.

It might become very useful if you have broken Windows Explorer by replacing default Explorer.exe file with a custom 3rd party Explorer.exe file downloaded from a theme website and RUN dialog box shows error or doesn't open at all.

In such case, you can open Command Prompt window using this trick and restore default Explorer.exe file.

Check out following video to see this secret trick in action:

Did you already know this trick or was it new for you? Did you notice this trick when we posted this tutorial in past? Feel free to share your feedback in comment...

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Posted in: Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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