Top 30 run command Shortcuts that you should know

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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 top 30 run command shortcuts, that you should know.

Don’t forget to read the BONUS SHORTCUT, the last one

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
Snipping Tool
  • mspaint – Paint, a tool to show creativity, opens up through mspaint command

Microsoft office Products Shortcuts

  • winword – Command for opening Microsoft Word where documents are created and saved under ‘.doc’ extension
Microsoft Word
  • powerpnt – Microsoft PowerPoint opens up using powerpnt command and save slides with ‘.ppt’ extension
Microsoft PowerPoint
  • excel – Microsoft Excel, the most important product of Microsoft, used in corporate, opens up using excel command
Microsoft Excel

Browser Opening run command Shortcuts

  • chrome – For opening Google Chrome, a cross-platform web browser developed by Google, use chrome command
Google Chrome
  • iexplore – Internet Explorer, a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft, opens by using iexplore command
Internet Explorer
  • 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
Mozilla Firefox

Directory-based command Shortcuts

  • .’ – Users’ Home Directory is displayed where you can view various files and folders
User's Home Directory
  • Explorer – File Explorer is opened that shows various drives like C: D:, etc. and other important folders
File Explorer
  • D: – Open specific Drive like D: drive, using the Drive letter followed by the colon as command
Drive D:
  • C: – If you want to Open drive, having system related files, then use C: command
Drive C:

Mostly used applications Shortcuts

  • cmd – Command Prompt, the command line interpreter opens up by using cmd command
Windows Command Prompt
  • powershell – PowerShell, a task-based command line shell, and configuration management framework from Microsoft opens when you usepowershell command
Windows PowerShell
  • timedate.cpl – Use this command, when you want to change date and time settings
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
Windows Firewall
  • control – Use control to open Control Panel, where you can view and change system settings
Control Panel
  • 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
Programs and Features
  • taskmgr – Open Task Manager by using taskmgr command that shows system monitor and startup programs’ manager
Task Manager

Basic System run command Shortcuts

  • mstsc – For Configuring Remote Desktop Connection, you should use mstsc command
Remote Desktop Connection
  • desk.cpl – If you want to change or view Screen Resolution or Display features of System, then use the given command
Windows Display Features Settings
  • msinfo32 – This command gives System Information like OS Name, Version, System Name, System Model, etc.
System Information
  • msconfig – Use msconfig command to view System Configuration which contains various tabs like General, Boot, Services, Startup, Tools
System Configuration
  • 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 Properties

System Management run command Shortcuts

  • diskmgmt.mscDisk Management, where you can view and alter disk size, can be opened using diskmgmt.msc command
Disk Management
  • devmgmt.msc – For managing Hardware devices, you should use devmgmt.msc command that opens up Device Manager
Device Manager
  • ms-settings: – Windows Setting opens up when you use ms-settings: command, that includes System Settings, Apps, Privacy, Update & Security, etc.
Windows Settings
  • 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
Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options
  • 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
System Restart
  • shutdown /s – Even for Shutting down the system, run command shortcut exists
System Shutdown

Bonus: Make any file as run command Shortcut

Enter home directory – Press ‘.’ to enter user’s home directory

User's Home Directory

Create a file – You can create or select any important file like Resume, Corporate Document, etc.

Magical Run Command Shortcut

Create a Shortcut of the above file – Right Click on the original file and create a shortcut for the same

Magical Run Command Shortcut

Change the name of the Shortcut file – You can change the name of the to any user-friendly name (optional)

Magical Run Command Shortcut

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

Magical Run Command Shortcut

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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