Windows Run Commands, Settings, and Start Menu Shortcuts

Jump to: Access Application and Settings via Start Menu Shortcuts, Run Commands - Folder Locations, Run Commands - System Configurations, Run Commands - Classic Control Panel Properties, Run Commands - Windows Utilities, Run Commands - Other Windows Tools, Windows Built-in App Access Command Shortcuts, Windows Settings

Win, then type e.g. command, then hit Enter

Start Windows Command Prompt via Start Menu. Searches from installed applications.

Win+R then type e.g. cmd, then hit Enter

Start Windows Command Prompt via Start Menu Run Command. Needs exact applications name.

Win+R, type cmd, press Ctrl+Shift+Enter

Start Command Prompt as Administrator

Win+R, type control, Enter

Access Control Panel via the Run command; or any other application

Win+R then type e.g. control printers, then hit Enter

Access Classic Printer Settings via Control Panel

Win+R then type e.g. ms-settings:, then hit Enter

Access new Windows Settings Menu (or press Win+I)

Win+R then type e.g. ms-settings: display, then hit Enter

Access Windows Settings for Display (or Win+I, then type, then hit Enter)

Win+R, then documents

Open Documents Folder

Win+R, then videos

Open Videos folder

Win+R, then downloads

Open Downloads Folder

Win+R, then favorites

Open Favorites Folder

Win+R, then recent

Open Recent Folder

Win+R, then pictures

Open Pictures Folder

Win+R, then e.g. c:

Open C-Drive in Explorer

"For all commands below, press Win+R, then type e.g. gpedit.msc, then hit enter
cpl stands for Control Panel Item
msc stands for Microsoft System Configuration"

devmgmt.msc

Device Management

eventvwr.msc

Event Viewer

compmgmt.msc

Computer Management including System Tools, Storage, Services and Appliations

diskmgmt.msc

Disk Partition Manager

dcomcnfg

Component Services (Detailed Component Configuration)

gpedit.msc

Group Policy Editor

secpol.msc

Local Security Policy Settings

lusrmgr.msc

Local User and Groups

perfmon.msc

Performance Monitor

fsmgmt.msc

Shared Folders (File Sharing Management)

ncpa.cpl

Network properties

netplwiz

For create User account

devmgmt.msc

Device Manager

"For all commands below, press Win+R, then type e.g. control keyboard, then hit Enter.
These are mostly classic legacy menus and many of them are getting replaced with new Settings Menu"

control

Classic Control Panel

control folders

Classic File Explorer folder properties

control keyboard

Classic Keyboard properties

control mouse

Classic Mouse properties

control printers

Classic Printer properties (ms-settings: printers for new settings)

control userpasswords

Classic User Account Manager properties for current user

control userpasswords2

Classic User Account Manager properties for all users

control admintools

Cassic Administrative Tools

control system

Classic System Information (ms-settings: about for new menu)

appwiz.cpl

Classic Application Wizard aka Program and Features (ms-settings:apps for new menu)

powercfg.cpl

Classic Power Configuration (ms-settings:powersleep for new menu)

timedate.cpl

Classic date and time properties

intl.cpl

Classic Regional Settings (International)

mmsys.cpl

Classic Sound Properties (Multimedia System Settings)

wscui.cpl

Classic Security Center (Windows Security Center UI)

inetcpl.cpl

Classic Internet Properties (Internet Control Panel)

sysdm.cpl

Classic System Properties

firewall.cpl

Classic Windows Firewall Properties

For all commands below, press Win+R, then type e.g. regedit, then hit Enter.

explorer

Windows Explorer

regedit

Registry Editor

services.msc

Windows Services (local)

taskmgr

Task Manager

msconfig

Classic System Configuration Utility

mstsc

Classic Remote Desktop (Microsoft Terminal Services Client)

logoff

Log Off Windows (without confirmation!)

shutdown

Shuts Down Windows (don't try unless you are ready to shutdown)

cmd

Command Prompt

shrpubw

Create a shared folder Wizard

dxdiag

Direct X Troubleshooter

cleanmgr

Clean Manager - Disk Cleanup Utility

clipbrd

Clipboard Viewer (not available after Windows XP)

msiexec

Windows Installer Details

magnify

Windows Magnifier

osk

On Screen Keyboard

msinfo32

System Information

sndvol

Volume Control

winver

Windows Version ( shows your windows version )

comp

Compare Files

ftp

MS-Dos FTP

label

Volume Serial Number for C:

fsquirt

Bluetooth Transfer Wizard

verifier

Driver Verifier Utility

migwiz

Migration Wizard - Files and Settings Transfer Tool

sigverif

File Signature Verification Tool

fonts

Fonts

joy.cpl

Game Controllers

mrt

Malicious Software Removal Tool

eudcedit

Private Characters Editor

For all of the below - press Win for Start Menu, then start typing, then press Enter

alarm

Start Windows Alarm App

calculator

Start Windows Calculator App

calendar

Start Windows Calendar app

camera

Start Windows Camera App

control

Start Windows (Classic) Control Panel

edge

Start Windows Edge App

gethelp

Start Windows GetHelp App

groove

Start Windows Groove Music App

mail

Start Windows Mail app

maps

Start Windows Map App

messaging

Start Windows Messaging App

mixed

Start Windows Mixed Reality Portal App

office

Start Windows Office Hub App

onenote

Start Windows OneNote App

people

Start Windows People App

photos

Start Windows Photo App

print3d

Start Windows Print 3D App

skype

Start Windows Skype App

sticky

Start Windows Sticky Notes App

store

Start Windows Store App

voice

Start Windows Voice Recorder App

weather

Start Windows Weather App

whiteboard

Start Windows Whiteboard App

yourphone

Start Windows Your Phone App

ms-settings: display

System Settings - Display

ms-settings: sound

System Settings - Sound

ms-settings: sound-devices

System Settings - Sound Input and Output Devices

ms-settings: notifications

System Settings - Notifications

ms-settings: powersleep

System Settings - Power & Sleep

ms-settings: batterysaver

System Settings - Battery

ms-settings: batterysaver-usagedetails

System Settings - See which apps are affecting battery life

ms-settings: storagesense

System Settings - Storage

ms-settings: multitasking

System Settings - Multitasking Settings when working with multiple windows

ms-settings: tabletmode

System Settings - Tablet Mode Settings

ms-settings: remotedesktop

System Settings - Enable or disable Remote Desktop

ms-settings: about

System Settings - About this PC (control system for classic settings)

ms-settings: nightlight

System Settings - Nightlight Settings

ms-settings: display-advanced

System Settings - Advanced Display Scaling

ms-settings: quiethours

System Settings - Focus Assist

ms-settings: printers

Printers & Scanner Settings (control printers for classic settings)

ms-settings: mobile-devices

Your Phone Settings

ms-settings: mousetouchpad

Mouse Settings

ms-settings: typing

Typing Settings

ms-settings: pen

Pen & Handwriting Settings

ms-settings: bluetooth

Bluetooth Settings

ms-settings: colors

Personalization Settings - Colors

ms-settings: taskbar

Personalization Settings - Taskbar

ms-settings: fonts

Personalization Settings - Fonts

ms-settings: themes

Personalization Settings - Themes

ms-settings: lockscreen

Personalization Settings - Lock Screen

ms-settings: personalization-start

Personalization Settings - Start Menu Settings

ms-settings: startupapps

Personalization Settings - Startup Apps

ms-settings: dateandtime

Date and Time Settings

ms-settings: regionformatting

Region Settings

ms-settings: regionlanguage

Language Settings

ms-settings: speech

Speech language settings

ms-settings: easeofaccess-display

Ease of Access - Display

ms-settings: easeofaccess-magnifier

Ease of Access - Magnifier

ms-settings: easeofaccess-narrator

Ease of Access - Narrator

ms-settings::easeofaccess-closedcaptioning

Ease of Access - Closed Captioning

ms-settings: easeofaccess-keyboard

Ease of Access - Keyboard

ms-settings: easeofaccess-mouse

Ease of Access - Mouse

ms-settings: easeofaccess-audio

Ease of Access - Audio

ms-settings: highcontrast

Ease of Access - Hiugh Contrast Settings

ms-settings: yourinfo

Your Info

ms-settings: emailandaccounts

Email & Accounts

ms-settings: signinoptions

Signin Options

ms-settings: workplace

Access Work or School

ms-settings: otherusers

Family & Other Users

ms-settings: sync

Sync your Settings

ms-settings: windowsupdate

Windows Update Settings

ms-settings: windowsdefender

Windows Security Settings

ms-settings: backup

Windows Backup Settings

ms-settings: defaultapps

Apps Settings - Default Aspps

ms-settings: videoplayback

Apps Settings - Video Playback Settings

ms-settings: powersleep

Apps Settings - Power & Sleep Settings (powercfg.cpl for classic menu)

Created by max on 1/12/2021. Last updated by admin on 1/12/2021

 

22 Comments for '(Windows) - Windows Run Commands, Settings, and Start Menu Shortcuts '   

 
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Comment #22 by Mike Sep 23, 2020 at 11:12 am  Reply

Thanks for this, as a sysadmin for linux/IBMi I have avoided windows sysadmin stuff for years. This helps with the basics I need to do my job, thanks!

Comment #21 by sudakar Sep 12, 2017 at 05:06 pm  Reply

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Comment #20 by Bhasker Raj Feb 21, 2017 at 05:11 pm  Reply

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Comment #19 by ANURAG DWIVEDI Feb 22, 2016 at 07:41 am  Reply

thanks

Comment #18 by Asim Jan 25, 2016 at 01:21 pm  Reply

I don't think the 'clipbrd' works in post Win 7.

Reply #1 admin Jan 26, 2016 at 08:00 pm

thanks; i made a note. Yes, the Clipboard Viewer no longer exists.

Comment #17 by SHurley Jan 6, 2016 at 07:39 am  Reply

As a beginner, I wasn't sure what control panel meant. Is it a key somewhere? I was trying to use the control desktop shortcut but didn't know what buttons to push.

Comment #16 by Bikash Oct 20, 2015 at 02:25 am  Reply

It is really helpful collection: thank you !! :*

Comment #15 by shi lou toge Sep 21, 2015 at 09:49 pm  Reply

It is a big help. Thanks.

Comment #14 by yogaraj v Aug 1, 2015 at 01:54 am  Reply

those shortcuts are very important for a system administrator position thanks

Comment #13 by SaddamHusain Jul 15, 2015 at 09:00 am  Reply

Vary vary Thank you

Comment #12 by harikrishnan Jun 17, 2015 at 06:06 am  Reply

mspaint paint (if installed)

Comment #11 by Ravi May 8, 2015 at 02:35 am  Reply

thanks very useful

Comment #10 by Jeremiah Apr 23, 2015 at 09:30 pm  Reply

There are two calculators

Reply #1 admin Apr 24, 2015 at 03:17 pm

fixed; thanks!

Comment #9 by gvdnet Mar 24, 2015 at 11:17 am  Reply

more helpfull in my job works

Comment #8 by Channa Mar 16, 2015 at 01:01 am  Reply

Very useful good to have various types of shortcuts in a one webpage Thanks

Comment #7 by Ajinkya Dhuri Sep 25, 2014 at 09:32 am  Reply

very nice commands

Comment #6 by vineet tyagi Sep 15, 2014 at 04:01 am  Reply

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Comment #5 by Muhammad Zahid Sep 3, 2014 at 12:59 am  Reply

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Comment #4 by Ashok Aug 26, 2014 at 01:41 am  Reply

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Comment #3 by aruns Jul 15, 2014 at 08:50 am  Reply

so helpfull for my job and enhance my skills................

Comment #2 by B S kumar Jun 6, 2014 at 08:59 am  Reply

very very good thanks

Comment #1 by shahid Mar 18, 2014 at 10:18 am  Reply

thanx

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