The Windows Run Commands Cheat Sheet

If you want a quick way to launch programs, documents, settings, utilities, and other resources on your Windows machine, look no further than the Run dialog.
You don’t need to learn anything complex to use this built-in feature. Memorizing a few useful commands will do. And you’ll find the best of these Run dialog commands (commonly called Run commands) in our cheat sheet below.
To use a particular command, summon the Run dialog with the shortcut Win + R, type in the command for a particular Windows item, and hit Enter to launch that item.
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Essential Run Commands for Windows


Common Windows Tools

explorerWindows Explorer

c:Open C: Drive

regeditRegistry Editor

services.mscWindows Services (local)

taskmgrTask Manager

msconfigSystem Configuration Utility

mstscRemote Desktop (Microsoft Terminal Services Client)

logoffLog Off Windows (without confirmation!)

shutdownShuts Down Windows (Save all your work first)

cmdCommand Prompt


oskOn Screen keyboard

mailto:Open Default Mail Application

Website addressOpen entered URL in default browser

Other Windows Tools & Utilities


chkdskCheck Disk

charmapCharacter Map

cleanmgrClean Manager – Disk Cleanup Utility

clipbrdClipboard Viewer (not available after Windows XP)

cmdCommand Prompt

compCompare Files

colorcplColor Management

cttuneClearType Text tuner

dxdiagDirect X Troubleshooter

eudceditPrivate Characters Editor


fsquirtBluetooth Transfer Wizard


iexploreInternet Explorer

joy.cplGame Controllers

labelVolume Serial Number for C:

magnifyWindows Magnifier


migwizMigration Wizard – Files and Settings Transfer Tool

mipMath Input Panel

mrtMalicious Software Removal Tool

msiexecWindows Installer Details

msinfo32System Information




shrpubwCreate a shared folder Wizard

sigverifFile Signature Verification Tool

sndvolVolume Control

snippingtoolSnipping Tools

stikynotSticky Notes

utilmanNarrator Settings

verifierDriver Verifier Utility


wf.mscWindows Firewall with Advanced Security

wfsWindows Fax and Scan


winverWindows Version (Check your Windows version)

wmplayerWindows Media Player


xpsrchvwXPS Viewer


Word /safeWord Safe Mode

Control Panel Commands

appwiz.cplApplication Wizard (Program and Features)

controlControl Panel

control admintoolsAdministrative Tools

control colorPersonalization – Color and Appearance

control desktopDisplay Properties (Personalization)

control foldersFolders Properties

control keyboardKeyboard Properties

control mouseMouse Properties

control netconnectionsNetwork Properties

control printersPrinters Folders

control schedtasksScheduled Tasks

control updateWindows Update

control userpasswordsManager current User Account

control userpasswords2Manager all User Accounts

desk.cplDisplay – Screen Resolution

devmgmt.mscDevice Manager

firewall.cplWindows Firewall

inetcpl.cplInternet Properties (Internet Control Panel)

intl.cplRegional Settings (International)

mmsys.cplSound Properties (Multimedia System Settings)

ncpa.cplNetwork Properties

netplwizTo create User Account

powercfg.cplPower Configuration

sysdm.cplSystem Properties

timedate.cplDate and Time Properties

utilmanEase of Access Utility Manager

wscui.cplSecurity Center (Windows Security Center UI)

Windows Administrative Tools

compmgmt.mscComputer Management including System Tools, Storage, Services and Applications

defragDefrag Command

dcomcnfgComponent Services (Detailed Component Configuration)

devmgmt.mscDevice Management

diskmgmt.mscDisk Partition Manager

diskpartDiskpart Command

eventvwr.mscEvent Viewer

fsmgmt.mscShared Folders (File Sharing Management)

gpedit.mscGroup Policy Editor

lusrmgr.mscLocal User and Groups

perfmon.mscPerformance Monitor

rekeywizFile Encryption

System File Checker Utility

sfc /scannowSystem File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately)

sfc /scanonceSystem File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot)

sfc /scanbootSystem File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot)

sfc /revertSystem File Checker Utility (Return to Default Settings)

sfc /purgecacheSystem File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache)

sfc /cachesize=xSystem File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to Size x)

Common Environment Variables

%AllUsersProfile%Program Data

%ProgramFiles%Program Files

%SystemDrive%System Drive

%SystemRoot%System Root

%Temp%Temporary Folder

%UserProfile%User Profile

%WinDir%Windows Directory

A Powerful, Underrated Windows Feature
Run commands are time saving and easy to use, and also a satisfying way to access Windows items using only the keyboard.
Don’t worry if you can’t remember certain useful commands you need. You can replace them with custom command names that are more memorable. We’ll show you how to do that in our Run Dialog primer.
And speaking of useful commands, it’s now time to discover some of the best Windows CMD commands.
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