i just want to simply start programs from cmd. i dont want to have to change active directories everytime and i dont want to set a path value for each of my programs. is there a command that i can use to do this. "start" would work but it skips over the spaces in "program files" so it does not work. any suggestions. also wat commands occur when you click on a shortcut. does it change the dir and then run the command target. if it is possibl to copy that method. that could be the solution.