When I hit Windows+R, I can type in calc and get a calculator really quickly. Same thing for mspaint. My question is, how do I adjust this so I can type "netbeans" and have it open the program?
The easiest option would be to add the following location to your path variable:
C:\Program Files\NetBeans X.X.X\bin
replace X.X.X with your version of Netbeans.
Alternatively you could make a shortcut to the netbeans.exe executable in the above path, and place that shortcut in a location thats already in your path (e.g.