How to pin Run to the taskbar or the Start menu in Windows 10

Unlike the good old Start menu in Windows 7, the Start menu in Windows 10 do not come with an easy option to add the Run command. Many users prefer to have a clickable item to open the Run dialog. Personally, I love and always use Win + R keyboard shortcut, but for mouse and touchpad users who really miss the Run item in Windows 10's Start Menu, here is a very simple way to get something similar to Windows 7's Run command.

To pin "Run" to the taskbar or the Start screen, you need to follow these simple instructions below.

  1. Right click in an empty area of the Desktop and select the New -> Shortcut context menu item to open the Create Shortcut wizard.Windows 10 new shortcut
  2. Type the following in the Location text box of the wizard:
    explorer shell:::{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

    windows-10-create-run-shortcut

  3. Click Next and complete the steps in the wizard to finish creating your new shortcut. Give it a name and an icon according to your preferences.windows-10-name-run-shortcut windows-10-run-shortcut-icon windows-10-run-shortcut-ready
  4. Now right click the shortcut and select "Pin to Taskbar" or "Pin to Start". The Run item will be pinned to the appropriate location:windows-10-run-pin-to-start-1 windows-10-run-pin-to-start-2 windows-10-run-pin-to-taskbar-1 windows-10-run-pin-to-taskbar-2

This trick uses the standard Windows feature called "Shell Folder" to directly open the item you need. Shell folders are ActiveX objects that implement a special virtual folder or a virtual applet. In some cases, they provide access to physical folders on your hard drive or to special OS functionality like "Show Desktop" or the Alt+Tab switcher. You can access an Active object via shell:::{GUID} commands from the "Run" dialog. For a complete list of GUIDs, refer to the most comprehensive list of shell locations in Windows 10.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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