Run command shortcuts are actually keyboard shortcuts that we often use for opening applications or various other programs, as shortcuts allow us to type less and open all those with speed and ease.
So, to make your computer usage more speedy, technical and lazy at the same time, we are providing 30 very useful and important run command shortcuts that you should know and use.
All these shortcuts work on “RUN (Windows + R)” box. So, Let’s start with the
Commonly used basics and Useful Shortcuts
- calc – Opens Calculator Application, used for basic mathematical operations
- notepad – Notepad application opens up where you can make vital notes on using notepad run command shortcut
- snippingtool – It opens, Snipping Tool, used for taking the snapshot of the desired portion on the screen
- mspaint – Paint, a tool to show creativity, opens up through
Microsoft office Products Shortcuts
- winword – Command for opening Microsoft Word where documents are created and saved under ‘.doc’ extension
powerpnt– Microsoft PowerPoint opens up using powerpntcommand and save slides with ‘.ppt’ extension
- excel – Microsoft Excel, the most important product of Microsoft, used in corporate, opens up using excel command
Browser Opening run command Shortcuts
- chrome – For opening Google Chrome, a cross-platform web browser developed by Google, use chrome command
iexplore– Internet Explorer, a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft, opens by using iexplorecommand
- firefox – Mozilla Firefox, a free and open-source web browser developed by The Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, Mozilla Corporation, opens up with firefox command
Directory-based command Shortcuts
- ‘.’ – Users’ Home Directory is displayed where you can view various files and folders
- Explorer – File Explorer is opened that shows various drives like C: D:, etc. and other important folders
- D: – Open specific Drive like D: drive, using the Drive letter followed by the colon as command
- C: – If you want to Open drive, having system related files, then use C: command
Mostly used applications Shortcuts
- cmd – Command Prompt, the command line interpreter opens up by using cmd command
powershell– PowerShell, a task-based command line shell, and configuration management framework from Microsoft opens when you use powershellcommand timedate.cpl – Use this command, when you want to change date and time settings
- firewall.cpl – If you want to open Windows Firewall, the built-in security application created by Microsoft, then use the given command
- control – Use control to open Control Panel, where you can view and change system settings
- appwiz.cpl – When you want to uninstall or change a program then use this command that takes you to Path: Control Panel \ Programs \ Programs and Features
taskmgr– Open Task Manager by using taskmgrcommand that shows system monitor and startup programs’ manager
Basic System run command Shortcuts
- mstsc – For Configuring Remote Desktop Connection, you should use mstsc command
- desk.cpl – If you want to change or view Screen Resolution or Display features of System, then use the given command
- msinfo32 – This command gives System Information like OS Name, Version, System Name, System Model, etc.
msconfig– Use msconfig command to view System Configuration which contains various tabs like General, Boot, Services, Startup, Tools
- sysdm.cpl – If you want to change Computer Name, or you want to restore your system then use this command to directly enter into System Properties
System Management run command Shortcuts
- diskmgmt.msc – Disk Management, where you can view and alter disk size, can be opened using diskmgmt.msc command
- devmgmt.msc – For managing Hardware devices, you should use
devmgmt. msccommand that opens up Device Manager
- ms-settings: – Windows Setting opens up when you use ms-settings: command, that includes System Settings, Apps, Privacy, Update & Security, etc.
- powercfg.cpl – If you want to balance performance of System with energy consumption on capable hardware then you should use the given command which takes you to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options directory
- shutdown /r – Restart the system using this command that gives you 1-minute time from the time you entered this command, to manage and close all the apps and processes
- shutdown /s – Even for Shutting down the system, run command shortcut exists
Bonus: Make any file as run command Shortcut
Enter home directory – Press ‘.’ to enter user’s home directory
Create a file – You can create or select any important file like Resume, Corporate Document, etc.
Create a Shortcut of the above file – Right Click on the original file and create a shortcut for the same
Change the name of the Shortcut file – You can change the name of the to any user-friendly name (optional)
Type the changed name(above) in RUN (Windows + R) box – On typing the name and pressing Enter, the original file will be opened and hence that original file becomes easily accessible, irrespective of any application, you are using
We tried to cover the most useful run(win+R) command shortcuts, used on a regular basis. All the above-mentioned commands usage is for very basic purposes and these commands enhance the speed with which one uses the computer. If you feel something is still missing then please comment below and also share the link with your friends to spread knowledge.
BONUS TIP: Each and every run command shortcut discussed above is nothing but the name of the respective executable(.exe) file present under the Program Files folder
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