Useful Commands

Satheesh C B | Saturday, December 05, 2009 | 0 comments

Normally you would not associate Windows with commands. For everything, you have to navigate through a couple of menus using the mouse before getting to the concerned window/utility/tool. But Windows does come with commands that give you quick access to tools for configuring and fixing your computer. Some of these are very helpful if you prefer the use of keyboard more than your mouse and don’t like moving your hand back and forth between them or suddenly the touchpad of your laptop stops working/ behaves erratically. Just press [Win] +[R] to get the Run Command Indexing reduces search time, but is resource intensive Dialog box to get started.


Command What it opens
%temp% Temporary fi les folder. Your recently downloaded files, unzipped setup packages, etc. will be present here
appwiz.cpl Add/Remove Programs window for uninstalling applications.
hdwwiz.cpl Add Hardware Wizard for connecting any new piece of equipment you recently connected to your computer
fsquirt Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard for sending and receiving files from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone/ PMP
calc Calculator
charmap Character Map for inserting special characters such as copyright and trademark symbol
chkdsk Check disc Utility
devmgmt.msc Device Manager for troubleshooting hardware
cleanmgr Disk Cleanup Utility for cleaning up your temporary files and retrieving wasted hard-disk space
dfrg.msc Disk Defragment Utility
diskmgmt.msc Disk Management to help you manage your hard-disk partitions and removable storage devices
diskpart Disk Partition Manager
desk.cpl Display properties for changing display resolution
gpedit.msc Group Policy editor
ciadv.msc Indexing Service settings
inetcpl.cpl Internet Properties. Very helpful when you want to change your proxy settings without going through Internet Explorer
iexplore Internet Explorer
logoff Log off from your account
main.cpl Opens Mouse Properties
main.cpl keyboard Opens Keyboard Properties
ncpa.cpl Network Connections Window to manage your networks
netsetup.cpl Network Setup Wizard to create an ad hoc network among other things
notepad Notepad
perfmon Performance Monitor
powercfg.cpl Power Management to change power profiles
regedit Registry Editor

Services to disable unused services and boost computer speed. We, however, recommend you not to play around with
this, unless you are an advanced user

fsmgmt.msc Shared Folders
shutdown Shutdown Windows
msconfig System Configuration Utility, mainly used to change boot options and disable startup items
sysdm.cpl System Properties
taskmgr Task manager for killing processes that are not responding and monitoring resource usage
firewall.cpl Windows Firewall

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