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How to Create Shortcut for Run Command on Windows 10 Desktop

Although you can use Win + R to quickly open the Run dialog box in Windows 10, if you need to use Run commands frequently, you may prefer to create a desktop shortcut for Run so that you can quickly access it by a simple double-click. Now, this page will illustrate how to create a shortcut for Run command on Windows 10 desktop. There are two methods available.

create shortcut for Run command

Way 1: Create shortcut for Run command using Send to Desktop menu

Step 1: Type run in the Start menu search box. When the Run app appears in the search result, right click on it and select Open file location. This takes you directly to the path of the Run program.

select Open file location

Step 2: Right click on the Run program and from the context menu, select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut). This will immediately create a Run shortcut on the desktop.

send to desktop

Way 2: Create shortcut for Run command from the desktop

1. Right click any blank area on the desktop and from the context menu, select New > Shortcut.

new shortcut

2. The Create Shortcut wizard will open at once. Type explorer shell:::{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} in address box and click the Next button.

type location for Run

3. Type a name for this shortcut. You can simply name it Run. Then click Finish.

name the shortcut Run

4. That’s it. You can now see a Run shortcut on the desktop. However, by default, newly created shortcuts use the same icon as the file folder, as shown in the figure below. If you want to change the icon of the Run shortcut, right click the Run shortcut and select Properties.

select Properties

5. When the Run Properties dialog opens, click the Change Icon button under the Shortcut tab.

click Change Icon

6. In the Change Icon window, you can select your desired icon from the list and click OK followed by Apply. If there is no icon you want in the list, type C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll in the box and click OK so that you can see more system provided icons for your choices.

select icon for the Run shortcut