Windows RUN Commands you may not know

Here are some Windows RUN Commands which can be used to start applications from the RUN. In windows XP or Vista Run can be invoked either by selecting it from the START menu or by Pressing Windows key + R. You can try these commands to simplify your computing experience and also to run different applications which require a lot of searching.I have classified commands based on their type into 4 parts like Applications,Control Panel, Administration, Utilities.



calc – Starts Calculator

excel – Starts Microsoft Excel

explorer – Starts Windows Explorer

firefox – Starts Firefox if installed

iexplore – Internet Explorer

mobsync – Starts Microsoft Sychronization Tool

msimn – Outlook Express

mspaint – Starts Microsoft Paint

notepad – Starts Notepad

outlook – Starts Microsoft Outlook

powerpnt – Starts Microsoft PowerPoint

wab – Starts Windows Address Book

winchat – Starts Microsoft Chat

winword – Starts Microsoft Word

wordpad – Starts Wordpad


Control Panel

appwiz.cpl – Starts Add or Remove Programs

control – Starts the Control Panel

control desktop – Opens Display Properties

control folders – Opens Folder Options

control fonts – Opens Fonts

control mouse – Opens Mouse settings

control netconnections – Opens Network Connections

control schedtasks – Opens Scheduled Tasks

control userpasswords – Opens Users Accounts

firewall.cpl – Starts Windows Firewall

mmsys.cpl – Starts Sound and Audio Device Properties

netsetup.cpl – Starts Network Setup Wizard

powercfg.cpl – Starts Power Options Properties

sysdm.cpl – Opens System Properties

wuaucpl.cpl – Starts Windows Updates



ciadv.msc – Opens Indexing Service

compmgmt.msc – Opens Computer Management

devmgmt.msc – Opens Device Manager

diskmgmt.msc – Opens Disk Management

eventvwr.msc – Opens Event Viewer

fsmgmt.msc – Opens Shared Folders Management

gpedit.msc – Starts Group Policy Editor

ntmsmgr.msc – Opens Removable Storage Management

perfmon.msc – Opens Performance Monitor

secpol.msc – Opens Security Policies

services.msc – Opens Services Management



chkdsk – Runs Check Disk (eg. chkdsk c:)

clipbrd – Opens Clipboard Viewer

cmd – Starts a Command Prompt window

diskpart – Runs Microsoft Disk Partitioning tool

drwtsn32 – Runs Dr. Watson Debugger

dxdiag – Runs DirectX Diagnostic Tool

eudcedit – Starts Private Character Editor

fsquirt – Runs Bluetooth Transfer Wizard

logoff – Logs off user from Windows

msconfig – Starts System Configuration Utility

mstsc – Starts Remote Desktop Connection

osk – Starts On Screen Keyboard

packager – Opens packager

regedit – Starts Registry Editor

shutdown – Runs Windows shutdown command

taskmgr – Runs Task Manager

tourstart – Starts Windows Tour


You can share any other shortcuts you know which are not listed in this list. Have fun using these commands..!

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August 30, 2008 by: Prasanth Chandra


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