Sunday, August 15, 2010


Using The Run Dialog Box In Windows 7 | Getting More From Run Dialog Box

Open Any Program or Document
Using the Run dialog box is handy for opening favorite applications, because it requires so few keystrokes. But you can also use the Run dialog box to open any file on the computer.
Note: If you cant find the run option in your windows 7, click on "Windows Key + R" and u will get the Windows Run dialog box. 
Also Read:
How To Use Windows Start Menu Search

The trick here is to type in the entire path of the program or document you want. For example, to open the family budget spreadsheet that’s in Haja’s Documents folder, you might type C:\Users\Haja\Documents\familybudget.xls.

Of course, you probably wouldn’t actually have to type all that, since the AutoComplete pop-up menu offers to complete each folder name as you start to type it.
Tip: Typing the path in this way is also useful for opening applications that don’t appear in the Start - All Programs menu. (If a program doesn’t appear there, you must type its entire pathname—or click Browse to hunt for its icon yourself.)
For example: some advanced Windows utilities (including the Registry Editor, an advanced diagnostic program) are accessible only through the command line. You also need to use the Run command to open some older command-line programs that don’t come with a listing in the All Programs menu.

Open a Drive Window
When you click Computer in your Start menu, you see that Windows assigns a letter of the alphabet to each disk drive attached to your machine—the hard drive, the DVD drive, the floppy drive, and so on. The floppy drive is A:, the hard drive is usually C:, and so on. (There hasn’t been a B: drive since the demise of the two-floppy computer.) By typing a drive letter followed by a colon (for example, C:) into the Run box and pressing Enter, you make a window pop open, showing what’s on that drive.

Open a Folder Window
You can also use the Run dialog box to open the window for any folder on your machine. To do so, type a backslash followed by the name of a folder.

You’ll encounter file paths when using several important Windows features. The Run dialog box described in this section is one. 
The address bar at the top of every Explorer window is another, although Microsoft has made addresses easier to read by displaying triangle separators in the address bar instead of slashes. (That is, you now see Users Haja instead of Users\Haja.)
Try not to be confused by the fact that Web addresses use forward slashes (/) instead of backslashes (\)!


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