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Run command

I know this is not strictly Exchange related content, but I’ll make an exception here, as I have always been a big fan of the Windows Run command. It is not possible to navigate to common areas of configuration within the operating system more quickly than using keyboard commands at the Run box.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s this thing of beauty here:

Run 2008

Run 2008

Run XP

Run XP

So I thought I might share with you some of the commands that I use on a daily basis. I guarantee that if you start using the keyboard MORE and the mouse LESS for accessing these areas, you will find more minutes in the day on the substance of an issue rather than trying to find ‘where that tool is’!

This is by no means a full list, just the commands that I use all the time and find useful.

cmd – Command Prompt

compmgmt.msc – Computer Management

eventvwr – Event Viewer

sysdm.cpl – System Properties

dnsmgmt.msc – DNS Management

dhcpmgmt.msc – DHCP Management

control – Control Panel

tasks – Scheduled tasks

appwiz.cpl – Add/Remove programs

notepad – Notepad

mspaint – Microsoft Paint

winword – Word

excel – Excel

msaccess – Access

outlook – Outlook

iexplore < + Optional website if you like> – Internet Explorer

regedit – Registry Editor

services.msc – services MMC snap in

One other very useful shortcut is ‘Ctrl & +’  – this will zoom into webpages so instead of squinting you can read content easily and then ‘Ctrl & -‘ to zoom back out. (thanks goes to my porky friend Eric for this one)


2 Responses to “Run command”

  1. Christopher said

    One correction:
    winword – Word

    One addition (although not sure really needed with notepad above):
    write – WordPad
    wordpad – WordPad

    A last addition:
    services.msc – Services Management

    • shauncroucher said

      Thanks Christopher, amended to winword, and can’t believe I forgot about services.msc – I use it every day! I tend not to use wordpad as you point out, notepad is the editor of choice for me as it is instantly on screen and lightweight.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for your input


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