How to start Windows files and programs from a batch file

Updated: 06/04/2017 by Computer Hope

Batch fileTo run Microsoft Windows programs or file, use the START command. The example below would run Windows Notepad.

START /MAX NOTEPAD

You can also specify the direct location of the file by typing the following command.

START /MAX C:\Windows\NOTEPAD.EXE

Note: Windows users who have a different directory (e.g. Windows 2000 users) would need to substitute WINNT or the name of their directory in place of Windows in the above example.

The /max representing it to start the window Maximized.

To start a Windows file use the start command followed by the name of the file. In the example below, we have a start command that is starting the chdown.txt file in the default text editor and then also sounding an alarm MP4 audio file in the default media player.

start chdown.txt && alarm.mp4

Also, in this example, we are also using "&&" to tell Windows to start more than one file.

Tip: As long as Windows knows how to open a file you can use the start command with any file. For example, you could use the start command to open a movie file, video file, Word document, Excel file, and any other file.

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