Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Common Tasks with Run


Below are a list of commands you can type into the Run dialog:
Run Calculator
calc
Run Command Prompt
cmd
Run Firefox (if installed)
firefox
Run Internet Explorer
iexplore
Run Microsoft Word (if installed)
winword
Run Microsoft Excel (if installed)
excel
Run Microsoft Outlook (if installed)
outlook
Run Notepad
notepad
Run Wordpad
wordpad
Open Control Panel
control panel
Open Program Files folder
%programfiles%
Shutdown Windows
shutdown
Restart Windows
shutdown -r
Log Off Windows
logoff
Registry Editor
regedit
Task Manager
taskmgr
Windows Update Launches
wupdmgr
Creating Your Own Run Commands
If you are like me, you will use a few programs very frequently. One way to make them start faster is to give them their own Run command:
  1. Win+R to open the Run dialog
  2. Enter %windir% to open the Windows directory
  3. Alt+F W S to open the File menu, choose the New menu item, then the Shortcut menu item
  4. Go through the wizard to create a shortcut to the desired program
  5. The name you give the shortcut is what you type in the Run dialog to start the program
Infrequently Used Run Commands
Below are a list of commands you can type into the Run dialog, split into several categories: programs, control panels, computer administration tools, and special folders.
Programs
Character Map
charmap
Check Disk Utility
chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer
clipbrd
Free Cell
freecell
Hearts Card
mshearts
Microsoft Chat
winchat
Minesweeper
winmine
On Screen Keyboard
osk
Remote Desktop
mstsc
Spider Solitare
spider
Telnet Client
telnet
Windows Magnifier
magnify
Control Panels
Accessibility Controls
access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard
hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs
appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools
control admintools
Automatic Updates
wuaucpl.cpl
Date and Time
timedate.cpl
Display Properties
desk.cpl
Folders Properties
control folders
Fonts
control fonts
Fonts Folder
fonts
Game Controllers
joy.cpl
Internet Properties
inetcpl.cpl
Keyboard Properties
control keyboard
Mouse Properties
control mouse
Network Connections
control netconnections
Network Setup Wizard
netsetup.cpl
ODBC Data Source Administrator
odbccp32.cpl
Password Properties
password.cpl
Phone and Modem Options
telephon.cpl
Power Configuration
powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes
control printers
Printers Folder
printers
Regional Settings
intl.cpl
Scanners and Cameras
sticpl.cpl
Security Center
wscui.cpl
Sounds and Audio
mmsys.cpl
User Account Management
nusrmgr.cpl
Windows Firewall
firewall.cpl
Computer Administration Tools
Computer Management
compmgmt.msc
Device Manager
devmgmt.msc
Disk Cleanup Utility
cleanmgr
Disk Defragment
dfrg.msc
Disk Management
diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager
diskpart
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting
drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility
verifier
Event Viewer
eventvwr.msc
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)
gpedit.msc
Local Security Settings
secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups
lusrmgr.msc
Performance Monitor
perfmon
Resultant Set of Policy
rsop.msc
Scheduled Tasks
control schedtasks
Services
services.msc
Shared Folders
fsmgmt.msc
System Configuration Editor
sysedit
System Configuration Utility
msconfig
Utility Manager
utilman
Windows System Security Tool
syskey
Computer Administration Tools

Application Data Folder
%appdata%
Home Directory Drive
%homedrive%
Home Directory
%homepath%
Shared Home Directory
%homeshare%
Temporary Folder
%temp%
Windows Root Drive
%systemdrive%
Windows Root Directory
%windir%

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