Windows Run Commands

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated October 26, 2020)

The Windows operating system provides a beautiful graphical environment to access the information or data found on your computer hard drive. For some power users, however, there are other ways to access some of the information on your computer that would otherwise take several mouse clicks. Why go through 10 mouse clicks when you can get where you need with a simple text command. For some users they find this possible with Cmd prompt or PowerShell. There is, however, another way—enter Run commands by pressing the Win+R key combination.

A Run command uses a simple dialog box that allows a user to enter a small string of characters then press Enter and Windows will run the command. These commands may launch a program, open a setting window, or possibly start a utility.

The list of Run commands below is rather long. To help, it is organized alphabetically by the command shortcut or follow-up to the Win+R keystroke.

Shortcut Follow-up Expected Result
Win+R %AllUsersProfile% Program Data
Win+R %AppData% App Data
Win+R %CommonProgramFiles% Common Files
Win+R %HomeDrive% Home Drive
Win+R %HomePath% Home Path
Win+R %LogonServer% Network Server Path
Win+R %ProgramFiles% Program Files
Win+R %SystemDrive% System Drive
Win+R %SystemRoot% System root
Win+R %Temp% Temporary Folder
Win+R %UserProfile% User Profile
Win+R %WinDir% Windows Directory
Win+R \ Open C Drive
Win+R appwiz.cpl Programs and Features
Win+R azman.msc Authorization Manager
Win+R bootim Boot Options
Win+R c: C Drive
Win+R calc Calculator
Win+R certmgr.msc Certificates
Win+R charmap Character Map
Win+R chkdsk Check Disk
Win+R cleanmgr Disk Cleanup
Win+R cliconfg SQL Server Client Network Utility
Win+R cmd Command Prompt
Win+R colorcpl Color Management
Win+R comexp.msc Component Services
Win+R comp Compare Files Command
Win+R compmgmt.msc Computer Management
Win+R compmgmtlauncher Computer Management
Win+R computerdefaults Set Program Access and Computer Defaults
Win+R control Control Panel
Win+R control access.cpl Ease of Access Center
Win+R control admintools Administrative Tools
Win+R control appwiz.cpl,,1 Get Programs
Win+R control appwiz.cpl,,2 Windows Features
Win+R control appwiz.cpl,,3 Set Program Access and Computer Defaults
Win+R control color Personalization Settings
Win+R control desktop Personalization Settings
Win+R control folders File Explorer Options
Win+R control fonts Fonts
Win+R control keyboard Keyboard Properties
Win+R control mouse Mouse Properties
Win+R control netconnections Network Connections
Win+R control printers Devices and Printers
Win+R control schedtasks Task Scheduler
Win+R control userpasswords2 Advanced User Control Panel
Win+R control.exe /name Microsoft.TaskbarandStartMenu Taskbar Settings
Win+R control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting Troubleshoot Settings
Win+R control.exe /name Microsoft.UserAccounts User Accounts
Win+R credwiz Stored User Names and Passwords
Win+R cttune ClearType Text Tuner
Win+R dccw Display Color Calibration
Win+R dcomcnfg Component Services
Win+R debug Debug Folder
Win+R defrag Defrag Command
Win+R desk.cpl Display Settings
Win+R devicepairingwizard Add a new Device
Win+R devmgmt.msc Device Manager
Win+R dfrgui Optimize Drives
Win+R dialer Phone Dialer
Win+R diskmgmt.msc Disk Management
Win+R diskpart Diskpart Command
Win+R displayswitch Project Menu
Win+R documents Open Documents Folder
Win+R downloads Open Downloads Folder
Win+R dpapimig Protected Content Migration
Win+R dpiscaling Display Settings
Win+R drwatson Dr. Watson
Win+R dvdplay Play DVD
Win+R dxdiag DirectX Diagnostic Tool
Win+R edit Edit Command
Win+R eudcedit Private Character Editor
Win+R eventvwr Event Viewer
Win+R eventvwr.msc Event Viewer
Win+R excel Excel
Win+R Excel /safe Excel in Safe Mode
Win+R explorer File Explorer
Win+R favorites Open Favorites Folder
Win+R filehistory File History
Win+R firefox Firefox
Win+R firewall.cpl Windows Defender Firewall
Win+R flashplayerapp Flash Player Settings Manager
Win+R fonts Fonts Folder
Win+R fontview Font Viewer
Win+R fsmgmt.msc Shared Folders
Win+R fsquirt Bluetooth File Transfer
Win+R ftp FTP Command
Win+R fxscover Fax Cover Page Editor
Win+R gpedit.msc Local Group Policy Editor
Win+R hdwwiz Add Hardware Wizard
Win+R hdwwiz.cpl Device Manager
Win+R iexplore Internet Explorer
Win+R iexpress IExpress Wizard
Win+R inetcpl.cpl Internet Properties
Win+R intl.cpl Region and Language
Win+R irprops.cpl Infrared
Win+R iscsicpl Microsoft iSCSC Initiator Configurator Tool
Win+R isoburn Windows Disc Image Burning Tool
Win+R javaws Java Web Start
Win+R joy.cpl Game Controllers
Win+R launchtm Task Manager
Win+R logoff Log out of computer
Win+R lpksetup Language Pack Installer
Win+R lusrmgr.msc Local Users and Groups
Win+R magnify Magnifier
Win+R main.cpl Mouse
Win+R mblctr Windows Mobility Center
Win+R mdsched Windows Memory Diagnostic Scheduler
Win+R mmc Microsoft Management Console
Win+R mmsys.cpl Sound
Win+R mobsync Sync Center
Win+R mrt Malicious Software Removal Tool
Win+R msconfig System Configuration
Win+R msdt Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool
Win+R msinfo32 System Information
Win+R mspaint Paint
Win+R msra Windows Remote Assistance
Win+R mstsc Remote Desktop Connection
Win+R narrator Narrator
Win+R ncpa.cpl Network Connections
Win+R netplwiz User Accounts (Users Tab)
Win+R notepad Notepad
Win+R odbcad32 ODBC Data Source Administrator
Win+R odbcconf ODBC Driver Configuration
Win+R optionalfeatures Turn Windows features on or off
Win+R osk On-Screen Keyboard
Win+R perfmon.msc Performance Monitor
Win+R pictures Open Pictures Folder
Win+R powercfg.cpl Power Options
Win+R powershell Windows PowerShell
Win+R powershell_ise Windows PowerShell ISE
Win+R presentationsettings Presentation Settings
Win+R printbrmui Printer Migration
Win+R printmanagement.msc Print Management
Win+R printui Printer User Interface
Win+R psr Problem Steps Recorder
Win+R rasphone Remote Access Phonebook
Win+R recdisc Create a System Repair Disc
Win+R recent Open Recent Folder
Win+R regedit Registry Editor
Win+R regedt32 Registry Editor 32
Win+R rekeywiz Manage Your File Encryption Certificates
Win+R resmon Resource Monitor
Win+R rsop.msc Resultant Set of Policy
Win+R rstrui System Restore
Win+R sdclt Backup and Restore
Win+R secpol.msc Local Security Policy
Win+R services.msc Services
Win+R shrpubw Create A Shared Folder Wizard
Win+R sigverif File Signature Verification
Win+R slui Windows Activation Client
Win+R sndvol Volume Mixer
Win+R snippingtool Snipping Tool
Win+R sysdm.cpl System Properties
Win+R systempropertiesadvanced System Properties (Advanced Tab)
Win+R systempropertiescomputername System Properties (Computer Name Tab)
Win+R systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention Change Data Execution Prevention Settings
Win+R systempropertieshardware System Properties (Hardware Tab)
Win+R systempropertiesperformance Change Computer Performance Settings
Win+R systempropertiesprotection System Properties (System Protection Tab)
Win+R systempropertiesremote System Properties (Remote Tab)
Win+R tabcal Digitizer Calibration Tool
Win+R tabletpc.cpl Pen and Touch
Win+R taskmgr Task Manager
Win+R taskschd.msc Task Scheduler
Win+R telephon.cpl Phone and Modem
Win+R timedate.cpl Date and Time
Win+R tpm.msc Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management
Win+R useraccountcontrolsettings User Account Control Settings
Win+R utilman Display Settings
Win+R verifier Driver Verifier Manager
Win+R videos Open Videos folder
Win+R wf.msc Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security
Win+R wfs Windows Fax and Scan
Win+R wiaacmgr New Scan Wizard
Win+R windowsanytimeupgraderesults Windows Anytime Upgrade Results
Win+R winver About Windows dialog
Win+R wmimgmt.msc WMI Management
Win+R wmplayer Windows Media Player
Win+R write or wordpad WordPad
Win+R wscript Windows Script Host
Win+R wscui.cpl Security and Maintenance
Win+R wusa Windows Update Standalone Installer
Win+R xpsrchvw XPS Viewer

As I mentioned above, you can see there is a fair number of commands available. If you are new to Run commands, I would suggest you focus on becoming comfortable with a small number of commands first, get used to those, and then expand how many you know.

 This tip (13794) applies to Windows 10.

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