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Mega List of Run Line Commands

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks, Uncategorized

Dean says:

I have a few basic commands that will open up Windows applications and I know there are more. I really would like more; do you have any kind of a list?

Hi Dean! Thanks for writing.

Do I have a list? Yes, sir, I do. And since you took the time to write to us, I sat down and went looking for more.

Just in case anyone reading this is new to this or needs a refresher course, there are commands that you can type into the Run line of Windows to access different programs and applications. (Huh? What does that mean? What’s a “Run line”? Explain, please!)

For those of you who don’t know how to access “Run”, click here for a quick tutorial. For Vista and Windows 7 users who have no run line to access, please click here.
to find out how to put the run line below your Startup menu.

Every Windows program or application (that is accessed from the Run line) from the the list in this article has to be accessed in the following way (the following screen shots were taken from Vista):

Left-click on Start, then left-click on Run.


When you click on Run, a box will pop up. There is a blank “line” in it; type the command in it (in the example below I have typed in iexplore to open Internet Explorer) and left-click on OK.


That’s how easy it is to open every single Windows application below.

So – without further ado – here is the mega-list of Run commands for 2010:


Accessibility Optionscontrol access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizardcontrol access.cpl
Add or Remove Programsappwiz.cpl
Administrative Toolscontrol admintools
Adobe ImageReady (if installed)imageready
Adobe Photoshop (if installed)photoshop
Certificate Managercertmgr.msc
Character Mapcharmap
Command Promptcmd
Component Servicesdcomcnfg
Computer Managementcompmgmt.msc
Control Panelcontrol
Date and Time Propertiestimedate.cpl
Device Managerdevmgmt.msc
Direct X Troubleshooterdxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utilitycleanmgr
Disk Managementdiskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Managerdiskpart
Display Propertiescontrol desktop
Display Properties (display)desk.cpl
Driver Verifier Utilityverifier
DVD Playerdvdplay
Event Viewereventvwr.msc
File Signature Verification Toolsigverif
Files and Settings Transfer Toolmigwiz
Firefox (if installed)firefox
Fonts Folderfonts
Fontscontrol fonts
Game Controllersjoy.cpl
Iexpress (Self Extracting Package Creator)iexpress
Iexpress Wizardiexpress
Internet Exploreriexplore
Internet Propertiesinetcpl.cpl
Java Web Startjavaws
Keyboard Propertiescontrol keyboard
Logs you out of Windowslogoff
Microsoft Access (if installed)msaccess
Microsoft Excel (if installed)excel
Microsoft Frontpage (if installed)frontpg
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Toolmrt
Microsoft Movie Makermoviemk
Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed)powerpnt
Microsoft Word (if installed)winword
Mouse Propertiesmain.cpl
Mouse Properties (second option)control mouse
MSN Messenger (If installed)msnmsgr
Nero (if installed)nero
Network Connectionscontrol netconnections
Network Connections (second option)ncpa.cpl
ODBC Data Source Administratorodbcad32
On Screen Keyboardosk
Outlook Expressmsimn
Phone and Modem Optionstelephon.cpl
Phone Dialerdialer
Power Configurationpowercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxescontrol printers
Private Character Editoreudcedit
Quicktime Player (if installed)quicktimeplayer
Quicktime (If Installed)QuickTime.cpl
Real Player (if installed)realplay
Regional Settingsintl.cpl
Registry Editorregedit
Registry Editor (second option)regedt32
Reliability and Performance Monitorperfmon.msc
Remote Access Phonebookrasphone
Remote Desktopmstsc
Scheduled Taskscontrol schedtasks
Shared Creation Wizardshrpubw
Shared Foldersfsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windowsshutdown
Sounds and Audio Propertiesmmsys.cpl
SQL Client Configurationcliconfg
Sync Centermobsync
Syncronization Toolmobsync
System Configuration Editorsysedit
System Configuration Utilitymsconfig
System Informationmsinfo32
System Propertiessysdm.cpl
Task Managertaskmgr
Telnet Clienttelnet
Tweak UI (if installed)tweakui
Utility Managerutilman
Windows Address Book (Contacts)wab
Windows Address Book Import Utilitywabmig
Windows Explorerexplorer
Windows Firewallfirewall.cpl
Windows Magnifiermagnify
Windows Management Infrastructurewmimgmt.msc
Windows Media Playerwmplayer
Windows Picture Import Wizard (requires that camera be connected)wiaacmgr
Windows Security Centerwscui.cpl
Windows System Security Toolsyskey
Windows Version (About your Windows Operating System)winver
Run Commands Windows XP Only 
Check Disk Utilitychkdsk
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)gpedit.msc
Local Security Settingssecpol.msc
Local Users and Groupslusrmgr.msc
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof)rsop.msc
Windows XP Tour Wizardtourstart
Run Commands Vista Only 
Adapter TroubleshooterAdapterTroubleshooter
Advanced User Accounts Control PanelNetplwiz
Authorization Managerazman.msc
Back up or Restore your stored user names and passwordscredwiz
Backup Status and Utilitysdclt
Color Managementcolorcpl
Computer Management Snapin LauncherCompMgmtLauncher
Disk Defragmenterdfrgui
Ditilizer Calibration Tooltabcal
DPI Scalingdpiscaling
Driver Package Installerdpinst
Firewall Control PanelFirewallControlPanel
Firewall SettingsFirewallSettings
iSCSI Initiatoriscsicpl
Run Commands Windows 7 Only 
Authorization Managerazman.msc
Control Panelcontrol
Defragment User Interfacedfrgui
Ditilizer Calibration Tooltabcal
DPI Scalingdpiscaling
Driver Package Installerdpinst
DVD Playerdvdplay
Encryption File Systemrekeywiz
Fax Cover Sheet Editorfxscover
iSCSI Initiatoriscsicpl
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Toolmsdt
ODBC Data Source Administratorodbcad32
Optional Features Manageroptionalfeatures
Printer MigrationPrintBrmUi
Remote Assistancemsra
Snipping Toolsnippingtool
Sound Recordersoundrecorder
Sound Volumesndvol
Stored User Names and Passwordscredwiz
Sticky NoteStikyNot
Trusted Platform ModuleTpmInit
Windows Activationslui
Windows Backup Utilitysdclt
Windows Fax and Scanwfs
Windows Firewall with Advanced Securitywf.msc
Windows Image Acquisitionwiaacmgr
Windows Update App Managerwuapp
Windows Standalong Update Managerwusa
Windows Share Creation Wizardshrpubw

Well, Dean, you wanted a list, you got a list! Thanks again for writing!

~ Lori Cline

2 Responses to “Mega List of Run Line Commands”

  1. Robert Wurzburg says:

    Excellent and very useful list to accomplish a variety of tasks you might
    not be able to do otherwise.

  2. [...] line between two points in the computer. For this, Lori Cline’s excellent article, Mega List of Run Line Commands has been an invaluable resource. For example, in XP, Vista, or Windows 7, to get to the location [...]

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