Windows Run Command is your Friend

If you use Windows – even if only for few hours a day, you should learn to love the Run command. It is a hassle free gateway to all the applications and control panels on your system. All you need to do is to remember the application names which you want to call.

First of all, you should remember that most of the special system folders can be accessed just by typing their name in Run command, or in any file dialog. What are the special folders? Here are some of them:

my documents

And etc.. You can discover other ones yourself. But more importantly Run can be used to launch windows applications that are usually hidden in control panel 3-4 clicks away from you at any time. Here is a short list of Run commands that I use most frequently when administrating Windows boxen:

windows hardware device manager

windows services

registry editor

add/remove programs

disk defragmenter

disk management panel

launches the cmd.exe shell

event viewer

network connections panel

printers and faxes panel

system configuration and startup options

user management panel

opens the control panel

You can bring up your Run command with a simple Windows+R keyboard stroke. Note that these commands may or may not work correctly in Vista.

I use all of the above on random machines that I service at work. On my personal windows boxen I usually install Launchy. It’s like the Run but with an auto complete feature which will try to guess what you mean, give you suggestions and display the graphical icon of the program that you are about to launch.

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6 Responses to Windows Run Command is your Friend

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  2. mike CANADA Internet Explorer Windows says:

    another good shortcut is putting an address bar in your toolbar on windows. Not only can you type in your favourite blog address and it will open your browser but any of the commands that work in the Run command window can be typed directly into the address bar and function the same.

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  3. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I always have the address bar enabled. I sometimes forget it’s not on by default. :P

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  4. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    I know cmd regedit and msconfig because of how often I’ve had to use them in getting the PC I type this on set up properly (but that’s a long story)

    Also useful is dxdiag

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  5. er:k FRANCE Mozilla Firefox Debian GNU/Linux says:


    It’s lusrmgr.msc for the users console.
    You can find more here : (in French ;)

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  6. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Actually there are two I think. Both nusrmgr and lusrmgr point to slightly different places, but they both give you control over user accounts. :)

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