Is there an easy way to launch an application from Windows Explorer with arguments? Or do I have to actually run them from the command line?

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  • Are you limited to command line or launching from Explorer? Would a simple batch file or shortcut work? – CharlieRB Apr 29 '14 at 19:56

If you open any folder, then the shortest way to run any application with arguments is just typing program name and arguments in the upper textbox.

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Otherwise, if your program is on Desktop, you can use various ways such as:

  • Click on any folder on your desktop, up one level, and do the same as is in picture.
  • Press Win+R, write cmd.exe /k cd desktop, hit enter, write program name and arguments.
  • Create a shortcut or a batch file with this command:
    cmd.exe /k cd %systemdrive%\%username%\desktop
    run it and write program name and arguments.
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It sounds like you want a brief script that you can just double-click to run a command with certain arguments - is that right? If it is, here's one way:

Open a simple text editor, like Notepad, and type in the commands with the arguments you want it to take, like so:

cd %USERPROFILE%\useful-files\executables

(In this example, putty.exe is a program that can take IP addresses as arguments, and it's saved in C:\Users\\useful-files\executables.) When you're done, save it with the .bat extension (if you're using Notepad, just make sure you replace the .txt it starts you off with; in our example, we could save it as something like run-putty-with-IP.bat).

If you've done this correctly, in File Explorer it will show the file type as "Windows Batch File" and double-clicking it will run its contents.

Note that certain programs, without configuring system or environment variables, will require you to change to their directory to be able to execute them, hence the cd command included here.

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    Thanks. This is a good answer, but I was really looking for some way of doing this in Windows Explorer without having to create another file. – ajb32x Apr 30 '14 at 14:13
  • how to quit the command window (started by the bat) afterwards ? – Liviu May 31 '17 at 8:55
  • Use start as here: superuser.com/a/192572/185071 – Liviu May 31 '17 at 9:05

Foggy memory here, but I believe there was a TweakUI addition to the Windows XP context menu for CMD and BAT files that allowed you to add your arguments and run the script. I believe this is what OP is looking for, and I would also find that very useful.


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