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Mega List of Run Line Commands

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 Options control access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard control access.cpl
Add or Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control admintools
Adobe ImageReady (if installed) imageready
Adobe Photoshop (if installed) photoshop
Calculator calc
Certificate Manager certmgr.msc
Character Map charmap
Command Prompt cmd
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Control Panel control
Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Direct X Troubleshooter dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility cleanmgr
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager diskpart
Display Properties control desktop
Display Properties (display) desk.cpl
Driver Verifier Utility verifier
DVD Player dvdplay
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
File Signature Verification Tool sigverif
Files and Settings Transfer Tool migwiz
Firefox (if installed) firefox
Fonts Folder fonts
Fonts control fonts
Game Controllers joy.cpl
Iexpress (Self Extracting Package Creator) iexpress
Iexpress Wizard iexpress
Internet Explorer iexplore
Internet Properties inetcpl.cpl
Java Web Start javaws
Keyboard Properties control keyboard
Logs you out of Windows logoff
Microsoft Access (if installed) msaccess
Microsoft Excel (if installed) excel
Microsoft Frontpage (if installed) frontpg
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool mrt
Microsoft Movie Maker moviemk
Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed) powerpnt
Microsoft Word (if installed) winword
Mouse Properties main.cpl
Mouse Properties (second option) control mouse
MSN Messenger (If installed) msnmsgr
Nero (if installed) nero
Network Connections control netconnections
Network Connections (second option) ncpa.cpl
Notepad notepad
ODBC Data Source Administrator odbcad32
On Screen Keyboard osk
Outlook Express msimn
Paint pbrush
Phone and Modem Options telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer dialer
Power Configuration powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes control printers
Private Character Editor eudcedit
Quicktime Player (if installed) quicktimeplayer
Quicktime (If Installed) QuickTime.cpl
Real Player (if installed) realplay
Regional Settings intl.cpl
Registry Editor regedit
Registry Editor (second option) regedt32
Reliability and Performance Monitor perfmon.msc
Remote Access Phonebook rasphone
Remote Desktop mstsc
Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
Services services.msc
Shared Creation Wizard shrpubw
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows shutdown
Sounds and Audio Properties mmsys.cpl
SQL Client Configuration cliconfg
Sync Center mobsync
Syncronization Tool mobsync
System Configuration Editor sysedit
System Configuration Utility msconfig
System Information msinfo32
System Properties sysdm.cpl
Task Manager taskmgr
Telnet Client telnet
Tweak UI (if installed) tweakui
Utility Manager utilman
Windows Address Book (Contacts) wab
Windows Address Book Import Utility wabmig
Windows Explorer explorer
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure wmimgmt.msc
Windows Media Player wmplayer
Windows Picture Import Wizard (requires that camera be connected) wiaacmgr
Windows Security Center wscui.cpl
Windows System Security Tool syskey
Windows Version (About your Windows Operating System) winver
Wordpad write
Run Commands Windows XP Only  
Check Disk Utility chkdsk
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) gpedit.msc
Local Security Settings secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) rsop.msc
Windows XP Tour Wizard tourstart
Run Commands Vista Only  
Adapter Troubleshooter AdapterTroubleshooter
Advanced User Accounts Control Panel Netplwiz
Authorization Manager azman.msc
Back up or Restore your stored user names and passwords credwiz
Backup Status and Utility sdclt
Color Management colorcpl
Computer Management Snapin Launcher CompMgmtLauncher
Disk Defragmenter dfrgui
Ditilizer Calibration Tool tabcal
DPI Scaling dpiscaling
Driver Package Installer dpinst
Firewall Control Panel FirewallControlPanel
Firewall Settings FirewallSettings
iSCSI Initiator iscsicpl
Run Commands Windows 7 Only  
Authorization Manager azman.msc
Control Panel control
Downloads Downloads
Defragment User Interface dfrgui
Ditilizer Calibration Tool tabcal
DPI Scaling dpiscaling
Driver Package Installer dpinst
DVD Player dvdplay
Encryption File System rekeywiz
Fax Cover Sheet Editor fxscover
iSCSI Initiator iscsicpl
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool msdt
ODBC Data Source Administrator odbcad32
Optional Features Manager optionalfeatures
Printer Migration PrintBrmUi
Remote Assistance msra
Snipping Tool snippingtool
Sound Recorder soundrecorder
Sound Volume sndvol
Stored User Names and Passwords credwiz
Sticky Note StikyNot
Trusted Platform Module TpmInit
Windows Activation slui
Windows Backup Utility sdclt
Windows Fax and Scan wfs
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security wf.msc
Windows Image Acquisition wiaacmgr
Windows Update App Manager wuapp
Windows Standalong Update Manager wusa
Windows Share Creation Wizard shrpubw

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

~ Lori Cline