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Run Commands, cpl, msc files for everyday use

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This article was originally published for www.prowareness.com and could be located at http://www.prowareness.com/blog/run-commands-cpl-msc-files-for-everyday-use/

A conversation like below, ended up in this blog

Sachin: Thanks, that shortcut helped. Could you give me some?
Maran: Sure
(few seconds later)
Maran: ykw Sachin, let’s make a list.
(few minutes later)
Maran: I think we should put it in a blog


 

These items are right off my head, most of these commands work from Win XP to Win 8. Memorize them, or use them everyday, so the new operating system changes does not bother you.

 

control

 Control panel

appwiz.cpl

 Add remove programs

desk.cpl

 Display settings

intl.cpl

 Region and language settings

inetcpl.cpl

 Internet Properties (Alt T + O in IE)

ncpa.cpl

 Network connections

firewall.cpl

 Windows firewall

sysdm.cpl

 System properties (Win + break)

timedate.cpl

 Date time settings

powercfg.cpl

 Power options (powercfg in command prompt)

control schedtasks

 Scheduled tasks

control userpasswords2

 User Accounts

control printers

 Printer

 

 

mmc

 Management console for snap-in creation (mother of all .msc files)

gpedit.msc

 group policy editor

diskmgmt.msc

 Disk management

devmgmt.msc

 Device manager

lusrmgr.msc

 Local user/group management

compmgmt.msc

 Computer management

services.msc

 Services

comexp.msc

 Com+ manager

certmgr.msc

 Certificate manager for current user (!important – only for current user,
not the machine)

 

 

regedit

 registry editor

rstrui

 system restore

eventvwr

 Event Viewer

inetmgr

 IIS

perfmon

 Performance monitor

taskmgr

 Task manager

msconfig

 System Configuration

dxdiag

 Direct X diagnostic tool

odbcad32

 ODBC data source administrator (if you remember DSN connections)

msinfo32

 System Information

 

 

shutdown -s -f -t 1

(-s shutdown, -f force -t time in seconds)

shutdown -h

hibernate

shutdown -r

restart

shutdown -l

logoff

logoff

logoff

winver

About windows

 

 

outlook

 MS outlook

powerpnt

 MS power point

winword

 MS word

excel

 MS excel

 

 

devmgmt

 Visual Studio

ssms

 Sql server management studio

notepad

 notepad

mspaint

 Paint

iexplore

 Internet explorer

firefox

 Firefox

chrome

 Chrome

 

 

Win + X

 Power user menu (only Windows 8 – accidental discovery by Sachin)

Win + P

Control monitors and projectors

Win + D

 Minimize windows  – toggle from minimize/maximize (Win + M for minimize, 
I don’t use it)

Win + E

Windows explorer

Win + L 

Lock computer

Win + U

Utilities / Ease of Access

Win + F

Find (Ctrl + E for search in most applications including outlook, explorer)

Win + G

Gadgets (although gadgets are discontinued)

 

Ok, I will stop now. The list has already grown than expected. Time to get back to work.

There’s a lot more that I don’t know of, refer to the below links:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/a/control-panel-command-line.htm
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/192806
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/149648

Forgot to mention, if you have something that you use everyday, please add comments or contact me.

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Written by gmaran23

May 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Posted in Windows

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