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The Essential Windows Run Commands Cheat Sheet

Akshata Shanbhag 23-11-2019

If you want a quick way to launch programs, documents, settings, utilities, and other resources on your Windows machine, look no further than the Run dialog.


You don’t need to learn anything complex to use this built-in feature. Memorizing a few useful commands will do. And you’ll find the best of these Run dialog commands (commonly called Run commands) in our cheat sheet below.

To use a particular command, summon the Run dialog with the shortcut Win + R, type in the command for a particular Windows item, and hit Enter to launch that item.

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Essential Run Commands for Windows

Common Windows Tools
explorerWindows Explorer
c:Open C: Drive
regeditRegistry Editor
services.mscWindows Services (local)
taskmgrTask Manager
msconfigSystem Configuration Utility
mstscRemote Desktop (Microsoft Terminal Services Client)
logoffLog Off Windows (without confirmation!)
shutdownShuts Down Windows (Save all your work first)
cmdCommand Prompt
oskOn Screen keyboard
mailto:Open Default Mail Application
Website addressOpen entered URL in default browser
Other Windows Tools & Utilities
chkdskCheck Disk
charmapCharacter Map
cleanmgrClean Manager - Disk Cleanup Utility
clipbrdClipboard Viewer (not available after Windows XP)
cmdCommand Prompt
compCompare Files
colorcplColor Management
cttuneClearType Text tuner
dxdiagDirect X Troubleshooter
eudceditPrivate Characters Editor
fsquirtBluetooth Transfer Wizard
iexploreInternet Explorer
joy.cplGame Controllers
labelVolume Serial Number for C:
magnifyWindows Magnifier
migwizMigration Wizard - Files and Settings Transfer Tool
mipMath Input Panel
mrtMalicious Software Removal Tool
msiexecWindows Installer Details
msinfo32System Information
shrpubwCreate a shared folder Wizard
sigverifFile Signature Verification Tool
sndvolVolume Control
snippingtoolSnipping Tools
stikynotSticky Notes
utilmanNarrator Settings
verifierDriver Verifier Utility
wf.mscWindows Firewall with Advanced Security
wfsWindows Fax and Scan
winverWindows Version (Check your Windows version)
wmplayerWindows Media Player
xpsrchvwXPS Viewer
Word /safeWord Safe Mode
Control Panel Commands
appwiz.cplApplication Wizard (Program and Features)
controlControl Panel
control admintoolsAdministrative Tools
control colorPersonalization - Color and Appearance
control desktopDisplay Properties (Personalization)
control foldersFolders Properties
control keyboardKeyboard Properties
control mouseMouse Properties
control netconnectionsNetwork Properties
control printersPrinters Folders
control schedtasksScheduled Tasks
control updateWindows Update
control userpasswordsManager current User Account
control userpasswords2Manager all User Accounts
desk.cplDisplay - Screen Resolution
devmgmt.mscDevice Manager
firewall.cplWindows Firewall
inetcpl.cplInternet Properties (Internet Control Panel)
intl.cplRegional Settings (International)
mmsys.cplSound Properties (Multimedia System Settings)
ncpa.cplNetwork Properties
netplwizTo create User Account
powercfg.cplPower Configuration
sysdm.cplSystem Properties
timedate.cplDate and Time Properties
utilmanEase of Access Utility Manager
wscui.cplSecurity Center (Windows Security Center UI)
Windows Administrative Tools
compmgmt.mscComputer Management including System Tools, Storage, Services and Applications
defragDefrag Command
dcomcnfgComponent Services (Detailed Component Configuration)
devmgmt.mscDevice Management
diskmgmt.mscDisk Partition Manager
diskpartDiskpart Command
eventvwr.mscEvent Viewer
fsmgmt.mscShared Folders (File Sharing Management)
gpedit.mscGroup Policy Editor
lusrmgr.mscLocal User and Groups
perfmon.mscPerformance Monitor
rekeywizFile Encryption
System File Checker Utility
sfc /scannowSystem File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately)
sfc /scanonceSystem File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot)
sfc /scanbootSystem File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot)
sfc /revertSystem File Checker Utility (Return to Default Settings)
sfc /purgecacheSystem File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache)
sfc /cachesize=xSystem File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to Size x)
Common Environment Variables
%AllUsersProfile%Program Data
%ProgramFiles%Program Files
%SystemDrive%System Drive
%SystemRoot%System Root
%Temp%Temporary Folder
%UserProfile%User Profile
%WinDir%Windows Directory

A Powerful, Underrated Windows Feature

Run commands are time saving and easy to use, and also a satisfying way to access Windows items using only the keyboard.

Don’t worry if you can’t remember certain useful commands you need. You can replace them with custom command names that are more memorable. We’ll show you how to do that in our Run Dialog primer.

And speaking of useful commands, it’s now time to discover some of the best Windows CMD commands Essential Windows CMD Commands You Should Know The bleak interface of the command prompt is your gateway to advanced Windows tools. We show you essential CMD commands that will let you access them. Read More .

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