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Start > Run Commands

Many Windows-related tasks can be accomplished through a Control Panel item or utility program. There are others that can be accessed through the Start > Run window, if you know the correct command. msconfig is one such command, which Iíve discussed at length in my weekly newsletter and in the MSCONFIG article located elsewhere in this Library.

There are many other useful commands that are executed by clicking Start > Run then typing in the word following the description: (Note: Not all of the following commands will work in all versions of Windows, but if something looks interesting, give it a try!)

Accessibility Controls - access.cpl

Accessibility Wizard - accwiz

Add Hardware Wizard - hdwwiz.cpl

Add/Remove Programs - appwiz.cpl

Administrative Tools - control admintools

Adobe Acrobat (if installed) - acrobat

Adobe Photoshop (if installed) - photoshop

Automatic Updates - wuaucpl.cpl

Calculator - calc

Certificate Manager - certmgr.msc

Character Map - charmap

Check Disk Utility - chkdsk

Clipboard Viewer - clipbrd

Command Prompt - cmd

Computer Management - compmgmt.msc

Control Panel - control

Date and Time Properties - timedate.cpl

Device Manager - devmgmt.msc

Disk Cleanup Utility - cleanmgr

Disk Defragment - dfrg.msc

Disk Management - diskmgmt.msc

Display Properties - control desktop or desk.cpl

Dr. Watson Troubleshooting Utility - drwtsn32

Driver Verifier Utility - verifier

Event Viewer - eventvwr.msc

Files and Settings Transfer Tool - migwiz

Findfast - findfast.cpl

Firefox (if installed) - firefox

Folders Properties - control folders

Fonts - control fonts

Fonts Folder - fonts

Free Cell Card Game - freecell

Game Controllers - joy.cpl

Hearts Card Game - mshearts

Help and Support - helpctr

Internet Connection Wizard - icwconn1

Internet Explorer - iexplore

Internet Properties - inetcpl.cpl

Internet Setup Wizard - inetwiz

Keyboard Properties - control keyboard

Local Security Settings - secpol.msc

Local Users and Groups - lusrmgr.msc

Logs You Off Windows - logoff

Microsoft Access (if installed) - access.cpl

Microsoft Excel (if installed) - excel

Microsoft Paint - mspaint

Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed) - powerpnt

Microsoft Word (if installed) - winword

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Minesweeper Game - winmine

Modems - modem.cpl

Mouse Properties - control mouse

Mouse Properties - main.cpl

Nero (if installed) - nero

On Screen Keyboard - osk

Outlook Express - msimn

Paint - pbrush

Password Properties - password.cpl

Performance Monitor - perfmon.msc or perfmon

Phone Dialer - dialer

Pinball Game - pinball

Power Configuration - powercfg.cpl

Printers and Faxes - control printers

Printers Folder - printers

Quicktime (If Installed) - quickTime.cpl

Quicktime Player (if installed) - quicktimeplayer

Real Player (if installed) - realplay

Regional Settings - intl.cpl

Registry Editor - regedit or regedit32

Scanners and Cameras - sticpl.cpl

Scheduled Tasks - control schedtasks

Security Center - wscui.cpl

Services - services.msc

Shut Down Windows - shutdown

Sounds and Audio - mmsys.cpl

Spider Solitare Card Game - spider

System Configuration Editor - sysedit

System Configuration Utility - msconfig

System Information - msinfo32

System Properties - sysdm.cpl

Task Manager - taskmgr

TCP Tester - tcptest

Telnet Client - telnet

Tweak UI (if installed) - tweakui

User Account Management - nusrmgr.cpl

Utility Manager - utilman

Windows Address Book - wab

Windows Address Book Import Utility - wabmig

Windows Backup Utility (if installed) - ntbackup

Windows Explorer - explorer

Windows Firewall - firewall.cpl

Windows Magnifier - magnify

Windows Media Player - wmplayer

Windows Messenger - msmsgs

Windows System Security Tool - syskey

Windows Update Launches - wupdmgr

Windows Version Display - winver

Windows XP Tour Wizard - tourstart

Wordpad - write

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