In Windows Vista, the Search box takes over many of the functions of the Run box. When you enter the name of a command or shortcut, it appears in the search results list almost instantly, and you can run the command or program by pressing Enter or clicking that item. But there are still a few tricks that you can’t do with the Search box. For that, Run is still around.
To display the Run box quickly, use the Windows Key logo + R shortcut. If you don’t have a Windows logo key or if you prefer to use the mouse, you can add the Run option to the Start menu in Windows Vista.
- Right-click the Start button and choose Properties.
- On the Start Menu tab, click the Customize button to the right of the Start Menu option.
- In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll down and place a check mark next to the Run option, as I’ve done here.