The Ultimate List of Windows Run Commands

If you’re a Windows OS user, chances are you perform a number of tasks ranging from running software programs to troubleshooting common Widows issues. When it comes to performing tasks on Windows PCs, many users prefer the graphical interfaces over command prompt. However, once you learn to perform some common tasks or troubleshoot frequently occurring issues on Windows, you’re more likely to fall in love with the Windows command prompts. Indeed, it’s much easier and simpler to use Windows command prompts than you think.

In this post, we will share some Windows command prompts that will save you time while performing common tasks on Windows.

How to Open Windows Run Dialog Box

Simply press Windows Key + R to launch Windows Run dialog box.


Launching Windows Programs and Applications

The following commands make it easy for you to launch some of the programs and applications that you use on a daily basis. Although you can simply click on a Windows short-cut on your desktop or task bar, launching them through Windows Run dialog box can save a lot of time and, on the top of it, makes you feel geeky.

In order to run common Windows programs such as MS Doc, MS Excel or MS Power Point, you need to enter the appropriate command within the Run Dialog Box.

write – Open Wordpad

notepad – Open Notepad

dialer – Open Phone Dialer

winword – Open Word Document

powerpnt – Open Power Point

mspaint or pbursh – Open MS Paint

excel – Open MS Excel

msaccess – Open MS Access

firefox – Open Firefox Browser

chrome – Open Chrome Broswer

skype – Open Skype Messenger

wmplayer – Open Windows Media Player

mailto: – Open the Default Mail App

microsoft-edge: – Open Microsoft Edge browser

oneNote: –  Open OneNote App

iexplore – Open the IE browser

calc – Open the Calculator App

explorer – Opens This PC (My Computer Folder)

Learning/Investigating Your System

Apart from performing daily tasks, sometimes we also investigate information about our system. It could be anything from the version of Windows OS to checking the disk space available on your drives.

Here are some Windows Run Commands that could help you to find the info quickly.

winver – Shows the version of your Windows OS (and its current build)

taskmgr – Opens the task manager and shows detailed info about processes running currently

msinfo32 – Opens the System Information wizard. Shows comprehensive info about your system.

perfmon – Opens Performance Monitor wizard

utilman – Open Ease of Access Center

wab – Open User Contacts

wabmig – Import contacts to your existing Windows contact list

netplwiz – View/Manage Passwords stored on your PC/Broswer

msconfig – Open System Configuration

Windows Run Commands for Windows 10

There are many Windows Run Commands that you can run on your system running on Windows 10 in order to perform a wide range of tasks.

ms-settings: – Open Windows Settings

ms-contact-support – Opens Windows Customer Support wizard

ms-settings:windowsupdate – Check for Windows Updates

ms-settings:screenrotation – Adjust Screen Resolution of your PC

ms-settings:notifications – Tweak Notification and Actions

ms-settings:storagesense – Shows Storage Space on Your Drives

ms-settings:maps – View Map

ms-settings-bluetooth – Opens Bluetooth Wizard

ms-settings:connecteddevices – Shows Connected Devices

ms-settings:mousetouchpad – Tweak Mouse/Touch pad

ms-settings:network-proxy – Manual Proxy Set-up

ms-settings:network – View Network and Internet settings

ms-settings:lockscreen – Personalize your lock screen

ms-settings:personalization – Personalize your background

ms-settings:emailandaccounts – View Email and Account Info

ms-settings:dateandtime – Adjust Date and Time

ms-settings:regionlanguage – Change Regional Language

ms-settings:privacy – Tweak Privacy Options

Windows Run Command for Troubleshooting

When you run into problems while working on your Windows PC, these commands will help you figure out the issues and fix them.

mrt – Run Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

chkdsk – Lists and corrects error on your drives

regedit – Open Registry Editor

List of .cpl Command for Windows

.cpl Commands help you tweak Control Panel on Windows system and perform tasks including troubleshooting.

hdwwiz.cpl – This command opens Device Manager for you

timedate.cpl – This command opens the Date & Time wizard

desk.cpl – This command shows you System Screen Resolution

joy.cpl – This command opens the Game Controllers

inetcpl.cpl – This command opens the Internet Properties

main.cpl – This command opens the Mouse Properties

telephon.cpl – This command opens Local Information

intl.cpl – This command opens Regional Information.

wscui.cpl – This command opens Security & Maintenance

mmsys.cpl – This command opens Sound wizard

powercfg.cpl – This command opens Power Configuration

appwiz.cpl – Uninstall or Repair any programs here

sysdm.cpl – This command shows System Properties

firewall.cpl – This command opens Windows Firewall

ncpa.cpl  – This command shows Network Connections

Some more commands…

shutdown – Initiate system shutdown

logoff – Log off from the current user panel

cmd – open the Command Line Interpreter program

powershell – opens Widows Powershell

control – Opens Control Panel

Hope you find these commands useful. If you know any other useful commands, please share them in the comment box below.