How to Go to a Website With CMD

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You can perform many basic computing tasks, such as renaming or opening files, straight from the Windows command line in lieu of using your mouse to click through the visual interface. If you're frequently in the command prompt, known as CMD for short, it can be faster to load a website via a text command than to manually launch your Web browser and type the URL into it. This is especially true if you're using the command line for Web programming purposes, and want to pull up and check your work.

  • Click the "Start" button.

  • Type "cmd" without the quotation marks in the "Search programs and files" box. Press "Enter" to load the command line.

  • Type the following command at the prompt:

    start http://google.com

    Replace "http://google.com" with the URL you want to open. Press "Enter" to load the URL. Your default Web browser will open with that website.

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