Now I know we can create a keyboard shortcut for any shortcut. So in a similar way, I created a desktop shortcut for cmd, gave it the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut. So when I press that combination, it opens a new cmd window, now when minimized, if I press the same combination, it opens the same window.

How should I modify so that this shortcut opens up a new CMD (Just like terminal in Ubuntu)?

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From what I know, you can not open up multiple cmd prompt using this method. One alternative way would be to use AutoHotkey. For the CTRL+Alt+T keyboard shortcut:

Run %comspec% /k

comspec is resolved to cmd.exe when using AutoHotkey.

A method that requires a couple of more keystrokes, but has the advantage of not requiring any program:

  • WinKey+R
  • Input cmd.
  • Enter

A slightly shorter one:

  • WinKey+X
  • C
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    You can also use WinKey+X and then press C. Oct 29, 2017 at 22:22
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    @TomerGodinger Added it to the answer.
    – Shaido
    Oct 29, 2017 at 23:42

Dont. Just hold shift. job done.


Holding shift opens a second-copy of the app. You can use the below on almost any Windows PC, not just your customised PC. This also works when clicking apps in the GUI.

Generic method for all Win10 apps:

  1. (optional) Pin your apps to the taskbar. Start with common apps (ie CMD) to the left.
  2. ⊞Win+[number] Open the corresponding app on taskbar (numbered from left>right).
  3. Hold shift when opening apps to open a second one.

TLDR: Windows 10 has shortcuts to CMD/PowerShell via power-user menu

⊞Win+X to open the power-user menu.

Tap the corresponding keyboard shortcut for CMD / PS.

More Background info:

The Power-User menu will now default to "Windows PowerShell" when you open it and tap a for admin or i for Windows PowerShell ... but you can set it back to c for CMD instead of powershell if needed.

(but I will put a reason to leave it as PowerShell instead of CMD in comments)

  • PowerShell has shortcuts to use most CMD commands now, but if you need to break-out into a command-prompt again, just type CMD to turn PowerShell back into a Command-Prompt.
    – Hicsy
    Nov 3, 2018 at 2:10

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