How to you add a parameter to an executable in Windows 10?

Once you select Properties by right-clicking on a program's icon (or its shortcut), there is no field to do this. I am using a non-privileged account.

  • for some shortcuts, created in startmenu and system link don't support this. you must create your own shortcuts Apr 27 '17 at 15:33

You can only add parameters to shortcuts, not to normal exe properties. So select the exe, do a right click select copy go to desktop, make a rightclick and select paste shortcut

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Now do a right click on the shortcut and select properties.

At target you must add the parameters after the exe name.

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In this demo I created a Explorer.exe shortcut and added /n,/e,C:\ to start Explorer directly in C:\.

  • I think I found the reason for my problem (see my answer below); I'm marking your answer as accepted anyway as it was useful.
    – dr_
    Apr 27 '17 at 15:35

It appears that, in Windows 10, shortcuts of the shortcuts which are in the Start menu behave this way: their Target field is greyed out (and, additionally, it shows no path to the exe, only the program name):

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So, to add params to an executable's shortcut, one needs to find the original exe and make the shortcut from it.

In previous versions of Windows, making a shortcut of a shortcut of an exe linked back to the original executable itself.

  • that are the shortcuts created by installers on desktop/startmenu, that are blocked. if you create your own one, it should always work. Apr 27 '17 at 15:42
  • Nope. I'm creating them by hand on the Desktop or on my homedir, and all of them are like this.
    – dr_
    Apr 27 '17 at 15:43
  • hm, that's wired. can you use your phone to create a video on how you create the shortcut Apr 27 '17 at 16:14
  • I think I found the issue. Edited my answer.
    – dr_
    Apr 28 '17 at 7:08
  • this is what I already told you. that why I told you to create a new shortcut on your own Apr 28 '17 at 15:24

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