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Useful Run Commands Windows 10 Users Should Know 2024

The Run command on an operating system such as Microsoft Windows 10 is used to directly open an application or document whose path is known. On the keyboard Just press the Windows key and the R key at the same time, it will open the Run command box immediately. This method is the fastest and it works with all versions of Windows. Here in this post, we have collected some of the useful run commands to help you be more productive.

There are multiple ways to open the run window such as using the keyboard shortcut Windows + R, you can type run on the start menu search and select the first result or Click on the start menu scroll down and select run under Windows system.

Run commands to open Common Windows Tools

calc: To quickly open the Calculator app

charmap: Quickly open the Character Map

open the Character Map

cleanmgr: quickly open the Disk Cleanup Utility.

clipbrd: open the Clipboard Viewer (not available after Windows XP).

cmd: quickly opens the Command Prompt window.

colorcpl: quickly opens the Color Management window.

cttune: ClearType Text tuner that makes the text on your screen easier to read

ClearType Text tuner

dxdiag: to open Direct X Troubleshooter

eudcedit: Private Characters Editor

fonts : opens the Fonts window where you can add or remove fonts.

fsquirt: quickly opens the Bluetooth Transfer Wizard

Bluetooth Transfer Wizard

ftp: Opens classical command-line file transfer client, FTP.

iexplore: Opens the Internet Explorer browser.

joy.cpl: Open the windows Game Controllers

Game Controllers

label: opens the Volume Serial Number for C drive
magnify: Quickly opens the Windows Magnifier

microsoft-edge://: Opens the Microsoft Edge browser.

mrt: Opens the Malicious Software Removal Tool

Malicious Software Removal Tool

msiexec : opens the Windows Installer Details

msinfo32: Quickly open the System Information

mspaint: To open the Paint app

narrator: Open the Narrator

powershell: Opens the Powershell

shrpubw: Create a shared folder Wizard

sigverif:  open the File Signature Verification Tool

sndvol: Open Volume Control

snippingtool: to open Snipping Tools

stikynot: opens the Sticky Notes

utilman: opens the Narrator Settings

verifier: Opens the Driver Verifier Utility

wf.msc: Opens Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

wfs: quickly open Windows Fax and Scan

wiaacmgr: Open scanner window (If printer or scanner installed on your PC)

winver : To check Windows Version

wmplayer: Quickly open the Windows Media Player

write: Opens the WordPad app

xpsrchvw: Opens the XPS Viewer

winword : Opens the Microsoft word

winword.exe /safe: Opens Word Safe Mode

explorer: To open Windows Explorer

\ :  To Open C: Drive, (Same way you can type D or E to specific drive)

regedit: To quickly open Windows Registry Editor

services.msc: To open Windows services console

taskmgr: To open Task Manager

msconfig: Open System Configuration Utility

mstsc : open Remote Desktop (Microsoft Terminal Services Client)

logoff : Log Off Windows (without confirmation!)

shutdown: Shuts Down Windows (Save all your work first)

cmd: Command Prompt

notepad: To open Notepad

osk: To open On-Screen keyboard

mailto: type the mail address  Opens the Default Mail Application

Websiteaddress: Open the entered URL in the default browser

Open website from run

Control Panel Commands

appwiz.cpl: Opens the Application Wizard (Program and Features)

control: open the Control Panel window

control admintools: open the Administrative Tools

control color: Allow to Personalization – Color and Appearance

control desktop: Open the Display Properties (Personalization) window

control folders: Opens Folders Properties

control keyboard: opens the Keyboard Properties

control mouse: Opens Mouse Properties

control netconnections: Opens the Network Properties

control printers: Open Device and printer window

control schedtasks: Opens the task Scheduler window

control update: Open Windows Updates

control userpasswords: Open the current User Account window where you change and manage user accounts.

control userpasswords2: Open user account Manager for all User Accounts

desk.cpl: Display – Screen Resolution

devmgmt.msc: Open Device Manager

firewall.cpl: Opens Windows Firewall

inetcpl.cpl: Open Internet Properties (Internet Control Panel)

intl.cpl: Open Regional Settings (International)

mmsys.cpl: Windows Sound Properties (Multimedia System Settings)

ncpa.cpl: Open windows Network Connection Properties

netplwiz: To create User Account

powercfg.cpl: Opens Power Configuration window

sysdm.cpl: Opens System Properties

systempropertiesadvanced: System Properties (Advanced Tab)

systempropertiescomputername: System Properties (Computer Name Tab)

systempropertieshardware: System Properties (Hardware Tab)

systempropertiesremote: System Properties (Remote Tab)

systempropertiesprotection: System Properties (System Protection Tab)

rstrui: to open System Restore

timedate.cpl: Date and Time Properties

utilman: Ease of Access Utility Manager

wscui.cpl: Security Center (Windows Security Center UI)

compmgmt.msc: Computer Management including System Tools, Storage, Services and Applications

dcomcnfg: Open Component Services (Detailed Component Configuration)

devmgmt.msc: To open Device Management

diskmgmt.msc: Disk Partition Manager

diskpart: Diskpart Command

eventvwr.msc: Event Viewer

fsmgmt.msc: Shared Folders (File Sharing Management)

gpedit.msc: Group Policy Editor (Applicable Windows pro and enterprise users)

lusrmgr.msc: Local User and Groups

perfmon.msc: Performance Monitor

rekeywiz: File Encryption

System File Checker Utility

sfc /scannow: System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately)

sfc /scanonce: System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot)

sfc /scanboot: System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot)

sfc /revert: System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Settings)

sfc /purgecache: System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache)

sfc /cachesize=x: System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to Size x)

Common Environment Variables

%AllUsersProfile%: Open Program Data

%ProgramFiles%: Open Program Files

%SystemDrive%: Open System Drive

%SystemRoot%: Open System Root

%Temp%: Open Temporary Folder

%UserProfile%: Opens User Profile

%WinDir%: Open Windows Directory

To open folders

documents: Open Documents Folder

videos: Open Videos folder

downloads: Open Downloads Folder

favorites: Open Favorites Folder

recent: Open Recent Folder

pictures: Open the Pictures Folder

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