How to add “Run…” option to Windows 7 Start menu

If you recently upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7, you may be wondering where the Run… option in the Start menu went. I use this option in XP regularly to quickly launch programs like Notepad and the Command Prompt, so it was annoying when I tried doing this in Windows 7 only to find that option not there. Luckily, Microsoft did not get rid of this option and just needs to be added by following these easy steps:

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and choose the Properties… option.
  2. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window will appear. Now click on the tab labeled Start Menurun_option_1
  3. Click on the button labeled Customize…run_option_2
  4. Scroll about three-fourths of the way down the list of options until you find Run command. Place a check-mark in this option and click OK.
  5. Navigate to the Start menu and you will now see the Run option!run_option_3run_option_4
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1 thought on “How to add “Run…” option to Windows 7 Start menu”

  1. Hello!
    The “search programs and files” field actually “doubles” as the Run option…to have both seems a little redundant, but certainly harmless to implement your procedure.
    Best Regards
    Geoff V
    Windows 7 Client Team

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