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Python IDLE does not start

Python IDLE does not start

(OP)
Hello everyone,

I'm new to Python programming (and a novice in programming). I can't get to start IDLE when I type 'start idle' in my command prompt. An error pops up saying 'windows cannot find idle. Make sure you typed the name correctly and try again.' I use Win 7. Please help.

Thanks
vktsn

vktsn0303

RE: Python IDLE does not start

If you navigate to the folder containing the IDLE executable before running that, does it work? Check that the folder containing IDLE is on your system path. If you google "Add to windows path" you should see some results that will show you where to look (and add to if needed).

RE: Python IDLE does not start

(OP)
Yes, going to the file location and running the executable starts it. I just wanted to open it through cmd. I feel it's easier to do that than going all the way into the file location and scrolling through the files and selecting one of many present there.
When you say path I am assuming you are talking about the environment variables (Don't know what they are. Just know they are so called and exist in properties).

vktsn0303

RE: Python IDLE does not start

(OP)
It works!! I added the executable file location to the path under system variables and it opens when I say 'start idle'.

Thanks

vktsn0303

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