Complete List of Windows 11 Run Commands

Run Dialog box is something that is one of the favorite utilities for an avid Windows user. Its been around since Windows 95 and became an important part of Windows User Experience over the years. While its only duty is to quickly open apps and other tools, many power users like us at TechCult, love the handy nature of the Run dialog box. Since it can access any tool, setting, or app as long as you know the command for it, we decided to give you the cheat sheet to help you breeze through Windows like a pro. But before getting to the List of Windows 11 Run commands, let’s learn how to open and use Run dialog box first. Moreover, we have illustrated the steps to clear Run command history. 

Complete List of Windows 11 Run Commands

Complete List of Windows 11 Run Commands

Run dialog box is used to directly open Windows apps, settings, tools, files & folders in  Windows 11.

How to Open and Use Run Dialog Box

There are three ways to launch the Run dialog box on Windows 11 system:

  • By pressing Windows + R keys together
  • Through Quick Link menu by hitting Windows + X keys simultaneously and selecting Run option.
  • Through Start menu Search by clicking Open.

Furthermore, you can also pin the Run dialog box icon in your Taskbar or Start menu to open it with a single click.

1. Most Commonly Used Windows 11 Run commands

cmd Windows 11

We have shown few commonly used Run commands in the table below.

cmdOpens the Command prompt
controlAccess Windows 11 Control Panel
regeditOpens the Registry Editor
msconfigOpens the System Information window
services.mscOpens Services utility
explorerOpens the File Explorer
gpedit.mscOpens the Local Group Policy Editor
chromeOpens up Google Chrome
firefoxOpens up Mozilla Firefox
explore or microsoft-edge:Opens up Microsoft Edge
msconfigOpens the System Configuration dialog box
%temp% or tempOpens the Temporary files folder
cleanmgrOpens the Disk Cleanup dialog
taskmgrOpens the Task Manager
netplwizManage User Accounts
appwiz.cplAccess Programs and Features Control panel
devmgmt.msc or hdwwiz.cplAccess Device Manager
powercfg.cplManage Windows Power options
shutdownShuts down your Computer
dxdiagOpens the DirectX Diagnostic Tool
calcOpens the Calculator
resmonCheck up on System Resource (Resource Monitor)
notepadOpens up an untitled Notepad
powercfg.cplAccess Power Options
compmgmt.msc or compmgmtlauncherOpens Computer Management console
.Opens up the current user profile directory
..Open up the Users folder
oskOpen On-Screen Keyboard
ncpa.cpl or control netconnectionAccess Network Connections
main.cpl or control mouseAccess mouse properties
diskmgmt.mscOpens the Disk Management Utility
mstscOpen up Remote Desktop Connection
powershellOpen Windows PowerShell window
control foldersAccess Folder Options
firewall.cplAccess Windows Defender Firewall
logoffLogout of the Current User Account
writeOpen Microsoft Wordpad
mspaintOpen untitled MS Paint
optionalfeaturesTurn Windows Features On/Off
\Open the C: Drive
sysdm.cplOpen System Properties dialog
perfmon.mscMonitor the performance of the system
mrtOpen Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
charmapOpen Windows Character Map table
snippingtoolOpen Snipping Tool
winverCheck Windows Version
magnifyOpen Microsoft Magnifier
diskpartOpen Disk Partition Manager
Enter Website URLOpen any website
dfrguiOpen Disk Defragmenter utility
mblctrOpen Windows Mobility Center

Also Read: Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

2. Run Commands for Control Panel

Timedate.cpl Windows 11

You can also access the Control Panel from the Run dialog box. Here are a few Control Panel commands that are given in the table below.

Timedate.cplOpen Time and Date properties
FontsOpen Fonts Control Panel folder
Inetcpl.cplOpen Internet Properties
main.cpl keyboardOpen Keyboard Properties
control mouseOpen Mouse Properties
mmsys.cplAccess Sound properties
control mmsys.cpl soundsOpen Sound control panel 
control printersAccess Devices and Printers properties
control admintoolsOpen Administrative Tools (Windows Tools) folder in Control Panel.
intl.cplOpen Region properties – Language, Date/Time format, keyboard locale.
wscui.cplAccess Security and Maintenance Control Panel.
desk.cplControl Display settings
Control desktopControl Personalization settings
control userpasswords or control.exe /name Microsoft.UserAccountsManage current user account
control userpasswords2Open User Accounts dialog box
devicepairingwizardOpen Add a Device Wizard
recdiscCreate a System Repair Disc
shrpubwCreate A Shared Folder Wizard
Control schedtasks or taskschd.mscOpen Task Scheduler
wf.mscAccess Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
systempropertiesdataexecutionpreventionOpen Data Execution Prevention (DEP) feature
rstruiAccess System Restore feature
fsmgmt.mscOpen Shared Folders window
systempropertiesperformanceAccess Performance Options
tabletpc.cplAccess Pen and Touch options
dccwControl Display Color Calibration
UserAccountControlSettingsAdjust User Account Control (UAC) Settings
mobsyncOpen Microsoft Sync Center
sdcltAccess Backup and Restore control panel
sluiView and Change Windows Activation settings
wfsOpen Windows Fax and Scan utility
control access.cplOpen Ease of Access Center
control appwiz.cpl,,1Install a program from the network

Also Read: Fix Low Microphone Volume in Windows 11

3. Run Commands to Access Settings

open Windows Update Settings Windows 11

To access Windows Settings through the Run dialog box, there are also some commands which are given in the table below.

ms-settings:windowsupdateOpen Windows Update settings
ms-settings:windowsupdate-actionCheck for updates on the Windows Update page
ms-settings:windowsupdate-optionsAccess Windows Update Advanced options
ms-settings:windowsupdate-historyView Windows Update History
ms-settings:windowsupdate-optionalupdatesView Optional updates
ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptionsSchedule the restart
ms-settings:delivery-optimizationOpen Delivery Optimization settings
ms-settings:windowsinsiderJoin the Windows Insider Program

Also Read: How to Use Sticky Notes in Windows 11

4. Run Commands for Internet Configuration

 ipconfig all command to display ip address information of all the network adapters

Following is the list of Run commands for Internet Configuration in the table below.

ipconfig/allDisplay information about IP configuration and the address of every adapter.
ipconfig/releaseRelease all local IP addresses and loose connections.
ipconfig/renewRenew all local IP addresses and reconnect to the internet and network.
ipconfig/displaydnsView your DNS cache contents.
ipconfig/flushdnsDelete DNS Cache contents
ipconfig/registerdnsRefresh DHCP and Re-register your DNS Names and IP Addresses
ipconfig/showclassidDisplay DHCP Class ID
ipconfig/setclassidModify DHCP Class ID

Also Read: How to Change DNS Server on Windows 11

5. Run Commands to Open Different Folders in File Explorer

recent command in Run dialog box Windows 11

Here is the list of Run commands to open different folders in File Explorer:

recentOpen Recent files Folder
documentsOpen Documents Folder
downloadsOpen Downloads Folder
favoritesOpen Favorites Folder
picturesOpen Pictures Folder
videosOpen Videos folder
Type Drive name followed by a colon
or Folder path
Open Specific drive or Folder location
onedriveOpen OneDrive folder
shell:AppsFolderOpen all Apps folder
wabOpen Windows Address Book
%AppData%Open App Data folder
debugAccess Debug Folder
explorer.exeOpen current user directory
%systemdrive%Open Windows Root Drive

Also Read: How to Hide Recent Files and Folders on Windows 11

6. Run Commands to Open Various Applications

skype command in Run dialog box Windows 11

The list of Run commands to open Microsoft apps is given in the table below:

skypeLaunch Windows Skype App
excelLaunch Microsoft Excel
winwordLaunch Microsoft Word
powerpntLaunch Microsoft PowerPoint
wmplayerOpen Windows Media Player
mspaintLaunch Microsoft Paint
accessLaunch Microsoft Access
outlookLaunch Microsoft Outlook
ms-windows-store:Launch Microsoft Store

Also Read: How to Fix Microsoft Store Not Opening on Windows 11

7. Run Commands to Access Windows In-built Tools

dialer command Windows 11

Listed below are Run commands to access the Windows in-built tools:

dialerOpen Phone Dialer
windowsdefender:Open Windows Security Program (Windows Defender Antivirus)
echoOpen Displaying Message On Screen
eventvwr.mscOpen Event Viewer
fsquirtOpen Bluetooth Transfer Wizard
fsutilOpen Know the file and volume utilities
certmgr.mscOpen Certificate Manager
msiexecView Windows Installer details
compCompare files in Command Prompt
ftpTo Start File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program at the MS-DOS prompt
verifierLaunch Driver Verifier Utility
secpol.mscOpen Local Security Policy Editor
labelTo get Volume Serial Number for C: drive
migwizOpen Migration Wizard
joy.cplConfigure Game Controllers
sigverifOpen File Signature Verification Tool
eudceditOpen Private Character Editor
dcomcnfg or comexp.mscAccess Microsoft Component Services
dsa.mscOpen Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) console
dssite.mscOpen Active Directory Sites and Services tool
rsop.mscOpen Resultant Set of Policy Editor
wabmigOpen Windows Address Book Import Utility.
telephon.cplSetup Phone and Modem Connections
rasphoneOpen Remote Access Phonebook
odbcad32Open ODBC Data Source Administrator
cliconfgOpen SQL Server Client Network Utility
iexpressOpen IExpress wizard
psrOpen Problem Steps Recorder
voicerecorderOpen Voice Recorder
credwizBackup and restore user names and passwords
systempropertiesadvancedOpen System Properties (Advanced Tab) dialog box
systempropertiescomputernameOpen System Properties (Computer Name Tab) dialog box
systempropertieshardwareOpen System Properties (Hardware Tab) dialog box
systempropertiesremoteOpen System Properties (Remote Tab) dialog box
systempropertiesprotectionOpen System Properties (System Protection Tab) dialog box
iscsicplOpen Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Configuration Tool
colorcplOpen Color Management tool
cttuneOpen ClearType Text Tuner wizard
tabcalOpen Digitizer Calibration Tool
rekeywizAccess Encrypting File Wizard
tpm.mscOpen Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management tool
fxscoverOpen Fax Cover Page Editor
narratorOpen Narrator
printmanagement.mscOpen Print Management tool
powershell_iseOpen Windows PowerShell ISE window
wbemtestOpen Windows Management Instrumentation Tester tool
dvdplayOpen DVD Player
mmcOpen Microsoft Management Console
wscript Name_Of_Script.VBS (e.g. wscript Csscript.vbs)Execute a Visual Basic Script

Also Read: How to Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 11 Home Edition

8. Other Miscellaneous Yet Useful Run Commands

lpksetup command in Run dialog box Windows 11

Along with the above list of commands, there are other miscellaneous Run commands too. They are listed in the below table. 

lpksetupInstall or Uninstall Display Language
msdtOpen Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool
wmimgmt.mscWindows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Management console
isoburnOpen Windows Disc Image Burning Tool
xpsrchvwOpen XPS Viewer
dpapimigOpen DPAPI Key Migration Wizard
azman.mscOpen Authorization Manager
locationnotificationsAccess Location Activity
fontviewOpen Font Viewer
wiaacmgrNew Scan Wizard
printbrmuiOpen Printer Migration tool
odbcconfView ODBC Driver Configuration and Usage dialog
printuiView Printer User Interface
dpapimigOpen Protected Content Migration dialog
sndvolControl Volume Mixer
wscui.cplOpen Windows Action Center
mdschedAccess Windows Memory Diagnostic Scheduler
wiaacmgrAccess Windows Picture Acquisition Wizard
wusaView Windows Update Standalone Installer details
winhlp32Get Windows Help and Support
tabtipOpen Tablet PC Input Panel
napclcfgOpen NAP Client Configuration tool
rundll32.exe sysdm.cpl,EditEnvironmentVariablesEdit Environment Variables
fontview FONT NAME.ttf (replace ‘FONT NAME’ with the name of the font you would like to view (e.g. font view arial.ttf)See Font preview
“C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe” keymgr.dll,PRShowSaveWizardExWCreate a Windows Password Reset Disk (USB)
perfmon /relOpen computer’s Reliability Monitor
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe sysdm.cpl,EditUserProfilesOpen User Profiles settings – Edit/Change type
bootimOpen Boot Options

Hence, this is the complete & comprehensive list of Windows 11 Run commands.

Also Read: How to Find Windows 11 Product Key

How to Clear Run Command History

If you want to clear Run command history, then follow the given steps:

1. Press Windows + R keys together to open Run dialog box.

2. Type regedit and click on OK, as shown.

Type regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor in Windows 11.

3. Click on Yes in the confirmation prompt for User Control Access.

4. In the Registry Editor window, go to the following location path from the address bar.


Registry Editor window

5. Now, select all the files in the right pane except Default and RunMRU.

6. Right-click to open the context menu and select Delete, as depicted.

Context menu.

7. Click on Yes in the Confirm Value Delete dialog box.

Delete confirmation prompt


We hope this list of Windows 11 Run commands will help you in long run and make you the computer whiz of your group. Apart from the above, you can also learn How to Enable God Mode in Windows 11 to access & customize Settings & tools easily from a single folder. Write to us in the comment section below about your suggestions and feedback. Also, drop the next topic you want us to bring on next.

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3 thoughts on “Complete List of Windows 11 Run Commands”

  1. I locked myself out of my computer and I’m trying to go through command prompt to change the amount of users I can see on my log on screen as there is only one option and no options to switch users. Or make it so I can have the option to get in through the administrator account but again no other users will show up on my log in screen..

    I also tried to add a user and it says it was successfully created but couldn’t be added to the USERS local group..

    How can I fix all this and get in my computer

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