Open a Website from the Windows Command Line

Here are three ways to open a web page from the command prompt from Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, etc. All of the following examples will open the designated web page in Internet Explorer or other default browser.

  • start <website>
    Example:
    start www.powercram.com
    OR start http://powercram.com
  • progra~1intern~1iexplore <website>
    Example:
    progra~1intern~1iexplore www.powercram.com
    OR progra~1intern~1iexplore http://powercram.com
  • “program filesinternet exploreriexplore” <website>
    Example (must include quotes):
    "program filesinternet exploreriexplore" www.powercram.com
    OR "program filesinternet exploreriexplore" http://powercram.com

NOTES

  • The first example will open the designated site/page in a new tab of Internet Explorer.  The other two will launch a new instance of the browser.
  • In the examples above <website> must either be preceded by “http://” or “www.”

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