Run Commands in Windows


Here’s a partial list of Run commands used to execute programs in Windows. Once you memorize them, it can be easier to type the executable then to navigate Windows. Note that you can run most of these in the Run prompt or the Command Prompt or PowerShell.

To open Run, press the Windows + R keys on the keyboard or right-click Start and select Run. Don’t forget, the Search option works pretty well too!

I omitted .exe extensions, and will be adding to the list as time goes on. Please let me know if there are any typos. Bookmark this page.

Run Commands

Program Command
About Windows winver
Administrative Tools control admintools
Calculator calc
Certificate Manager Certmgr.msc
Character Map Charmap
Command Prompt cmd
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Credential Manager Control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Date and Time Timedate.cpl
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
DirectX Diagnostic Tool dxdiag
Disk Cleanup cleanmgr
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Event Viewer eventvwr
File Explorer/Windows Explorer Explorer

(Windows + E)

Folder Options (also known as File Explorer Options) Control folders
Internet Properties Inetcpl.cpl
Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
Local Security Policy secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Magnifier Magnify
Microsoft Management Console mmc
Network Connections Ncpa.cpl
Optimize Drives/Disk Defragmenter dfrgui
Performance Monitor perfmon
PowerShell Powershell
PowerShell ISE 5.1 Powershell_ise

Or type “ise” from the PowerShell!

PowerShell Core 6 and higher (if installed) pwsh
Print Management printmanagement.msc
Programs and Features Appwiz.cpl
Registry Editor regedit
Remote Desktop Connection mstsc
Resource Monitor resmon
Services console window services.msc
Sound (dialog box) Mmsys.cpl
System Configuration (msconfig) msconfig
System Information msinfo32

(Ctrl + Alt + F1)

System Properties dialog box sysdm.cpl


System Restore properties systempropertiesprotection
System window control system

(Windows + Break)

Task Manager taskmgr

(Ctrl + Shift + Esc)

Task Scheduler taskschd.msc
Windows Defender Firewall firewall.cpl
Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security wf.msc
Windows Features optionalFeatures
Windows Memory Diagnostics Mdsched