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20 Windows Run Commands You Must Know

Updated on January 13, 2016
Windows Run Commands
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Useful Run Commands in Windows XP

Run commands or command line window is the least used functions in windows. This is the quickest way to access your programs, open folders and share your network resources. To access run command just press Windows key + R or you may click Start button and select Run. Then you can see a text box where you have to type following shortcut to launch that particular programs.

1. gpedit.msc Opens Group Policy Editor. Not available in Windows Home editions.

2. calc Opens calculator.

3. magnify Opens Screen magnifier accessory.

4. wmplayer Opens Windows Media Player.

5. write Opens Wordpad. You can write and edit your word file.

6. msinfo32 Opens System Information applet .

7. mspaint Opens graphics accessory Paint .

8. notepad Opens Notepad accessory .

9. services.msc Opens services window. It manages all the services involved in Windows and installed software.

10. dfrg.msc Opens Disk Defragmenter. You can defragment your local disk from here.

11. devmgmt.msc Opens Device Manager. You can get list of all the installed components. You can add new device from this manager.

12. msword Opens Microsoft Word.

13. excel Opens Microsoft Excel .

14. powerpnt Opens Microsoft Powerpoint.

15. msconfig Opens System Configuration Utility .

16. dvdplay Opens dvd player to Play DVD’s.

17. cmd Opens command prompt window .

18. osk Opens On Screen Keyboard. It can be use as an alternative of external keyboard.

19. regedit Opens Registry editor .

20. mstsc Opens Remote Desktop. You can access other computer.

You can practice some of the commands to make your task easy. Looking forward for your feedback.


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    • smga22 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Thank Mike.

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      5 years ago

      You're really a genius. Been trying to get my hands on these for a long time now, it just happens I wasn't looking in the right places-your end.

      You rock!

    • smga22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Thank you smcopywrite for your valuable comments :)

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      6 years ago from all over the web

      voted up and extremely useful for anyone that wants to make themselves familiar with a computer. thanks for putting this together. we sometimes get so busy we forget about the basics that build a great foundation to improve everything we do.

    • smga22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Thank you M K Paul.

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      M K Paul 

      6 years ago from India

      useful for the new to computer,useful


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