Run ‘RUN’ to be more Productive

List of shortcut commands you can type into the Run dialog

Press Windows Key + R to open RUN dialog Box.

Highlighted ones are my favourite, may be they’ll become yours too 🙂

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
Open Program Files folder %programfiles%
Shutdown Windows shutdown
Restart Windows shutdown -r  or
Shutdown -r -t 0
(to restart immediately in 0 secs)
Log Off Windows logoff
Registry Editor regedit
Task Manager taskmgr
Windows Update Launches wupdmgr


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.


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 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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