[Windows] How to open multiple apps at once using the run dialog

Basically what I want to do is launch several applications in one command. There are many options to do this. You can create a batch file that opens several applications then run it, or you can simply type a command from the run dialog that launches the apps you want.

I choose to do the latter because it's easier for me.

Here's the syntax. Suppose I want to launch Notepad, Calculator, and Task Manager in one go:

cmd /c start notepad & start calculator & start taskmgr
  • This command basically tells the computer to execute the program followed by the start command. 
  • The & allows you add multiple commands.
  • Remember to use the program's process name in order to launch them properly