There are many Run commands in Windows which provides powerful features to the operating system in terms of productivity. I am giving you a list of RUN Commands which will definitely help you fasten your work. In addition you can also Create Your Own Run Commands which will also be listed for you so enjoy…..:)
First of all lets make you aware of the shortcut key for the RUN Dialog:
It is accessible in one of two ways: through the start menu (Figure 1) and through the shortcut key Win+R. The dialog itself looks very unassuming, and quite user unfriendly if you ask me (Figure 2). Its main purpose, as you can see from the dialog information, is to open a program, folder, document, or Internet resource which Windows will then open.
Basic Run Commands
Below are a list of commands you can type into the Run dialog:
|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|
|Open Control Panel||control panel|
|Open Program Files folder||%programfiles%|
|Restart Windows||shutdown -r|
|Log Off Windows||logoff|
|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:
- Win+R to open the Run dialog
- Enter %windir% to open the Windows directory
- Alt+F W S to open the File menu, choose the New menu item, then the Shortcut menu item
- Go through the wizard to create a shortcut to the desired program
- 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.
|Check Disk Utility||chkdsk|
|On Screen Keyboard||osk|
|Add Hardware Wizard||hdwwiz.cpl|
|Administrative Tools||control admintools|
|Date and Time||timedate.cpl|
|Folders Properties||control folders|
|Keyboard Properties||control keyboard|
|Mouse Properties||control mouse|
|Network Connections||control netconnections|
|Network Setup Wizard||netsetup.cpl|
|ODBC Data Source Administrator||odbccp32.cpl|
|Phone and Modem Options||telephon.cpl|
|Printers and Faxes||control printers|
|Scanners and Cameras||sticpl.cpl|
|Sounds and Audio||mmsys.cpl|
|User Account Management||nusrmgr.cpl|
Computer Administration Tools
|Disk Cleanup Utility||cleanmgr|
|Disk Partition Manager||diskpart|
|Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting||drwtsn32|
|Driver Verifier Utility||verifier|
|Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)||gpedit.msc|
|Local Security Settings||secpol.msc|
|Local Users and Groups||lusrmgr.msc|
|Resultant Set of Policy||rsop.msc|
|Scheduled Tasks||control schedtasks|
|System Configuration Editor||sysedit|
|System Configuration Utility||msconfig|
|Windows System Security Tool||syskey|
Computer Administration Tools
|Application Data Folder||%appdata%|
|Home Directory Drive||%homedrive%|
|Shared Home Directory||%homeshare%|
|Windows Root Drive||%systemdrive%|
|Windows Root Directory||%windir%|
For an even more exhaustive list, check out 156 Useful Run Commands.
Using Run as a Command Prompt
One of the strengths of the Run command is its ability to do almost everything the command line can do.
You should note, however, that if you’re running a program that outputs something and exits, that the output will only show up for a few seconds and then disappear.
Take the ipconfig command for example.
If you were to type that into Run, it would open a command prompt, run the ipconfig command, and then close because the command finished running!
To fix this, type cmd into the Run dialog, and then type ipconfig into the command prompt.