Invoke the “Run” command

I am trying to invoke the "Run" dialogue box that is often on the Start Menu - I did some research and have only managed to find one way of accessing it (using "Windows Key" + R).

So I assume simulating key strokes e.g.:


would do the job? Although how can you simulate the "Windows" key on the keyboard?

I am sure there is an easier way of doing this - without using sendkeys - anyone have any ideas?


You can use PInvoke to invoke Run dialog.

public enum RunFileDialogFlags : uint

    /// <summary>
    /// Don't use any of the flags (only works alone)
    /// </summary>
    None = 0x0000,    

    /// <summary>
    /// Removes the browse button
    /// </summary>
    NoBrowse = 0x0001,

    /// <summary>
    /// No default item selected
    /// </summary>
    NoDefault = 0x0002,

    /// <summary>
    /// Calculates the working directory from the file name
    /// </summary>
    CalcDirectory = 0x0004,

    /// <summary>
    /// Removes the edit box label
    /// </summary>
    NoLabel = 0x0008,

    /// <summary>
    /// Removes the separate memory space checkbox (Windows NT only)
    /// </summary>
    NoSeperateMemory = 0x0020

we need to Import the DLL using the DllImport attribute.

[DllImport("shell32.dll", CharSet = CharSet.Auto, EntryPoint = "#61", SetLastError = true)]

static extern bool SHRunFileDialog(IntPtr hwndOwner, 
                                   IntPtr hIcon, 
                                   string lpszPath,
                                   string lpszDialogTitle, 
                                   string lpszDialogTextBody, 
                                   RunFileDialogFlags uflags);


private void ShowRunDialog(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
                    "Run Dialog using PInvoke",
                    "Type the name of a program, folder or internet address 
            and Windows will open that for you.",


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