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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Things You Can Open in Windows From the Run Command

With all the work I do on Windows Server knowing these commands is a real time saver instead of always having to run things down through the GUI.  This isn't by any means a full list but here is a list of some of the things you can access in Windows without the mouse (type these at a Run Prompt):

    control = Opens the Control Panel Window
    control admintools = Opens the Administrative Tools
    control keyboard = Opens the Keyboard Properties Window
    control color = Opens the Display Properties (at the Appearance Tab in Windows 7)
    control folders = Opens the Folder Options Window
    control fonts = Opens the Font Policy Management Window
    control international (or intl.cpl) = Opens Regional and Language Options
    control mouse (or main.cpl) Opens mouse properties
    control userpasswords = Opens the User Accounts Editor
    control userpasswords2 (or netplwiz) = Opens User Account Access Restrictions
    control printers = Opens the Printers and Faxes Window
    control desktop (Windows Vista/7 only) = Opens Control Panel>Personalization
    appwiz.cpl = Opens the Add or Remove Programs Utility
    optionalfeatures = opens the Add or Remove Windows Component utility
    desk.cpl = Opens the Display Properties (Themes Tab)
    hdwwiz.cpl = Opens the Add Hardware Wizard
    irprops.cpl = Opens the Infrared utility (does nothing if no IR devices are installed)
    joy.cpl = Opens  Game Controller Settings
    mmsys.cpl = Opens the Sound and Audio device properties window (Volume Tab)
    sysdm.cpl = Opens the System Properties window
    telephon.cpl = Opens the Phone and Modem options window
    timedate.cpl = Opens the Date and Time Properties window
    wscui.cpl = Opens the Windows Security Center in XP (opens the Action Center in Windows Vista/7)
    access.cpl = Opens the Accessibility Options Window (does not work in Windows 7)
    wuaucpl.cpl = Opens Automatic Updates
    powercfg.cpl = Opens the Power Options Properties window
    ncpa.cpl = Opens the Network Connections window
    bthprops.cpl = Opens the Bluetooth Control window (does nothing if no bluetooth devices are installed)
    certmgr.msc = Opens the Certificate Management MMC
    compmgmt.msc = Opens the Computer Management
    comexp.msc (or dcomcnfg) = Opens the Computer Services MMC
    devmgmt.msc = Opens Device Manager
    diskmgmt.msc = Opens Disk Management
    eventvwr.msc (or eventvwr) = Opens the Event Viewer
    fsmgmt.msc = Opens Shared Folders
    napclcfg.msc = Opens the NAP client configuration tool
    services.msc = Opens Service Manager
    taskschd.msc (or control schedtasks) = Opens the Task Scheduler
    gpedit.msc = Opens the Group Policy MMC
    lusrmgr.msc = Opens Local Users and Groups
    secpol.msc = Opens the Local Security Settings window
    ciadv.msc = Opens the Indexing Service Window
    ntmsmgr.msc = Opens the Removable Storage Manager
    ntmsoprq.msc = Opens the Removable Storage Operator Requests
    wmimgmt.msc = Opens the WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) window
    perfmon.msc (or perfmon) = Opens the Performance Monitor
    mmc = Opens a blank Microsoft Management Console
    mdsched = Opens the Memory Diagnostics tools
    dxdiag = Opens DirectX diagnostics tools
    odbcad32 = Opens the ODBC Data Source Administration window
    regedit (or regedt32) = Opens the Registry Editor (these commands actually open different Registry editors, google for the differences)
    drwtsn32 = Opens Dr. Watson
    verifier = Opens the Driver Verification Manager
    cliconfg = Opens the SQL Server Client Network Utility
    utilman = Opens the Utility Manager (in Windows 7 this opens the Ease Of Access Center)
    msconfig = Opens the System Configuration Utility
    sysedit = Opens the System Configuration Editor
    syskey = Opens the Windows Account Database Security Manager
    explorer = Opens Windows Explorer
    iexplorer = Opens Internet Explorer
    wab = Opens the Windows Address Book
    charmap = Opens the Character Map
    write = Opens Wordpad

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