It’s funny you know?
Having something(s), and not knowing how it works … or at least, you think you do.
You’ve come in contact with a Windows PC yeah?
What am I even saying, you probably should own one of your own!
What if I told you that there is one function inherent to that your PC that you may not know even exists.
To geeks, this function is so basic that they wonder why on earth over 80% of the population never use it.
Do not get me wrong here. That I am saying it’s “basic” does not mean it’s useless.
What I mean is the exact opposite.
Getting to know this feature could save you minutes each time you are performing tasks on a PC.
And even if you are someone who does not value time, getting to know this feature and actually using it in front of a colleague or pal will trick them into thinking you’re a smartass.
Using the term “trick” feels kinda tricky, but I’m using it anyways — Also, I do not mean the bad kind of smartass, I’m implying the good kind. *smiles*
Ok, I know I’m beginning to waste your time, so, what exactly is this sophisticated basic feature I’ve been yapping about all along?
It’s pretty simple.
You see that windows key on the last row of your keyboard?
Yeah, the one next to the “alt” button … that one with a windows logo on it.
Wait, you’re not seeing it?
You are probably reading this with a mobile device, that’s why. *sad face*
If you can grab a windows PC right now, go grab one let’s walk through this together. If you can’t, no problem … you’ll try this on your own some other time.
So where were we?
Right, the windows key.
Since you’ve located it, simultaneously press it and the key “R”. That is, press the windows key and the letter “R” at the same time.
Doing that, you’d have a dialog box at the bottom left edge of your screen.
It looks like this …
In that box, there’s a field where you can type in commands. That field … that field is where the magic happens.
Type in “notepad” and hit enter and bam! Your notepad app runs.
Type in “control” and hit enter — Your Control panel loads.
Type “excel” and hit enter — Microsoft Excel is up.
There are many more commands you can type. Just do a google search with the keywords “windows run commands” and you’d be awash with a million results.
You’re probably wondering …
“Of what use is this to me?”
Well just try it in front of a colleague and watch your tech status move up the ladder.
Want more commands to try out?
Here, a ton.