Common commands you can use in the Start>Run box

Starting a program in Windows using the Start>All Programs>> is fine. But starting applications through the Run Box makes you look like a Pro not to mention that it saves time too. Here are some general commands that you can use in the Start > Run box. (The quickest way to activate the Run box is pressing Windows Key + R)

Run Box

Here are some commands that can save you lot of time if you care to remember them and use them.

devmgmt.msc = Device manager
msinfo32 = System Information
cleanmgr = Disk Cleanup
ntbackup = Backup or Restore Wizard (Windows Backup Utility)
mmc = Microsoft Management Console
notepad = Notepad
wordpad = Wordpad
calc = Calculator
msmsgs = Windows Messenger
mspaint = Microsoft Paint
wmplayer = Windows Media Player
rstrui = System Restore
control = Control Panel
control printers = Opens the Printers Dialog

If you have MS Office installed, you can use the following commands to start the applications:

excel = Microsoft Excel
msaccess = Microsoft Access
powerpnt = Microsoft Powerpoint
winword = Microsoft Word
frontpg = Microsoft Frontpage

Apart from the default commands that work in the Run box, you can make any program to start from the Run box. To learn how, please check out my earlier post.

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