Windows Run dialog
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Created: 04 October 2021 || Edited: 31 October 2021
On Windows, most often you run an application by finding and double-clicking it’s
.exe file. What a lot of people don’t realise is that you can launch any application or open any file you want by typing a single command. That can be achieved inside the Run dialog.
- Opening the Run dialog
- Windows settings
- For more
Opening the Run dialog
To open the Run dialog, you can either:
Win + R key combination
B) Right click on the Windows menu, and then press
You can open any folder by typing in it’s full path. So, if you have a folder named
Work inside your
Documents folder, the full path will be something like
If your desired folder is directly in your account folder, so
Pictures, etc. you can just type in the name of the folder. For example, if you want to open your
Pictures folder, just type in
pictures and it will be opened.
There are, of course, some more special location, some of which are:
||Program Files Folder|
||User’s App Data Folder|
%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu will open the Start Menu folder, from which you can edit what goes inside your start menu.
You can always run any application by typing in it’s full path. So, to launch something like FireFox, you’ll need to type in
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe.
But, whats more important is that you can more easily launch some Windows apps, like Calculator or Control Panel. Here is a list of commands and the application they launch:
||Shutdown or restart computer|
||Windows Version Window|
||Disk Cleanup (defragmentation)|
||Remote Desktop Connection|
||System Configuration Settings|
||File Signature Verification Tool|
shutdown command requires parameters:
/swill shutdown in one minute
/rwill restart in one minute
/tspecifies after what amount of time to shutdown or restart (a number needs to be entered afterwards, so
/t 0for immediate execution)
/fforces running applications to close (might result in data loss!)
There are also many “shortcuts” to different Windows settings windows. Those include:
||Time and Date Options|
||Group Policy Editor|
||Local Users and Groups|
cpl stands for Control Panel Item and
msc stands for Microsoft System Configuration.
For more commands, check out windowsruncommands.com. They have a much bigger list of commands and shortcuts you can use.