Keyboard Shortcuts and Run Commands => Use Them!

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Please, please, please refer to this page often! Keyboard shortcuts are not only useful for getting things done faster, but often represent a sense of professionalism when working with customers. Many times when I remote in or sit in front of a computer and start running run commands or command prompt commands, the end user will compliment me saying “finally, someone who knows what they are doing!”

I would start by creating a spreadsheet of all the commands (manually type them so you can start to memorize them), and then create a most used list to reference often. Print a small page and keep in your cubicle or take it with you if you are an onsite technician => you won’t regret it!

To Resolve:

  1. First, my favorite Run Commands:

    • mstsc - Used to remote to other machines inside and outside of your network. For a full list of switches, see here.

      • mstsc /f - Enters a RDP session in full screen.
      • mstsc /admin - Enters a RDP session as a console session. Note this used to be mstsc /console. See here for details.
    • compmgmt.msc => Computer Management => Used to many common tasks, works best if the computer is on a workgroup. It brings up Users and Computers (lusrmgr.msc), Device Manager (devmgmt.msc), Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc), Services (services.msc), and others. If the computer is on a domain, you will need to use the “Administrative Tools” on the DC to other tasks such as adding, deleting, or modifying users/ groups in AD (Active Directory).

    • resmon => Resource Monitor => Lets you see in real time what the status is of the CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network in more details that your common Task Manager (taskmgr).

  2. Okay, now the list of Run Commands: (Keyboard Keys: Run => + command from below )

    Application Launched Command
    Add/ Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
    Action Center/ Security Center Alerts wscui.cpl
    Admin Tools control admintools
    Command Prompt cmd
    Computer Management compmgmt.msc
    Control Panel control
    Device Manager devmgmt.msc
    Firewall Properties firewall.cpl
    Folder Properties control folders
    Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
    Power Settings powercfg.cpl
    Internet Properties inetcpl.cpl
    Local Security Settings secpol.msc
    Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
    Microsoft Management Console mmc
    Network Connections ncpa.cpl
    Disk Cleanup cleanmgr.exe
    Paint mspaint
    Power Options powercfg.cpl
    Notepad notepad
    Registry Editor regedit
    Remote Desktop Connection mstsc
    Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
    System Configuration Monitor msconfig
    System Info dxdiag
    System Info (my preference) msinfo32
    System Properties sysdm.cpl
    Resultant Set Of Policies rsop.msc
    Devices and Printers control printers
    Folder Properties control folders
    Windows Updates control update, wuapp (w7)
    AD Domains and Trusts domain.msc
    Active Directory Management admgmt.msc
    AD Sites and Services dssite.msc
    AD Users and Computers dsa.msc
    ADSI Edit adsiedit.msc
    Authorization manager azman.msc
    Certification Authority Management certsrv.msc
    Certificate Templates certtmpl.msc
    Cluster Administrator cluadmin.exe
    Computer Management compmgmt.msc
    Component Services comexp.msc
    Configure Your Server cys.exe
    Device Manager devmgmt.msc
    DHCP Management dhcpmgmt.msc
    Disk Defragmenter dfrg.msc
    Disk Manager diskmgmt.msc
    Distributed File System dfsgui.msc
    DNS Management dnsmgmt.msc
    Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
    Indexing Service Management ciadv.msc
    IP Address Manager ipaddrmgmt.msc
    Licensing Manager llsmgr.exe
    Local Certificates Management certmgr.msc
    Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
    Local Security Settings Manager secpol.msc
    Local Users and Groups Manager lusrmgr.msc
    Network Load balancing nlbmgr.exe
    Performance Monitor perfmon.msc
    PKI Viewer pkiview.msc
    Public Key Management pkmgmt.msc
    Quality of Service Control Management acssnap.msc
    Remote Desktop tsmmc.msc
    Remote Storage Administration rsadmin.msc
    Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc
    Removable Storage Operator Requests ntmsoprq.msc
    Routing and Remote Access Manager rrasmgmt.msc
    Resultant Set of Policy rsop.msc
    Schema management schmmgmt.msc
    Services Management services.msc
    Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
    SID Security Migration sidwalk.msc
    Telephony Management tapimgmt.msc
    Terminal Server Configuration tscc.msc
    Terminal Server Licensing licmgr.exe
    Terminal Server Manager tsadmin.exe
    Terminal Services RDP mstsc
    Terminal Services RDP to Console mstsc /v:[server] /console
    UDDI Services Managment uddi.msc
    Windows Management Instumentation wmimgmt.msc
    WINS Server Manager winsmgmt.msc
  3. With the new Settings app, there is even more:

    Setting Name Run Command
    Settings home page ms-settings:
    Display ms-settings:display
    Night light ms-settings:nightlight
    Notifications & actions ms-settings:notifications
    Power & sleep ms-settings:powersleep
    Battery ms-settings:batterysaver
    Battery usage by app ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
    Battery Saver settings ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
    Storage ms-settings:storagesense
    Save locations ms-settings:savelocations
    Change how we free up space ms-settings:storagepolicies
    Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
    Multitasking ms-settings:multitasking
    Projecting to this PC ms-settings:project
    Remote Desktop ms-settings:remotedesktop
    Shared experiences ms-settings:crossdevice
    About ms-settings:about
    Bluetooth & other devices ms-settings:bluetooth
    Connected devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
    Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
    Mouse ms-settings:mousetouchpad
    Touchpad ms-settings:devices-touchpad
    Typing ms-settings:typing
    Pen & Windows Ink ms-settings:pen
    AutoPlay ms-settings:autoplay
    USB ms-settings:usb
    Phone ms-settings:mobile-devices
    Add a phone ms-settings:mobile-devices-addphone
    Status ms-settings:network-status
    Cellular & SIM ms-settings:network-cellular
    Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi
    Wi-Fi Calling ms-settings:network-wificalling
    Manage known networks ms-settings:network-wifisettings
    Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
    Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
    VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
    Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
    Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
    Data usage ms-settings:datausage
    Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
    Background ms-settings:personalization-background
    Colors ms-settings:colors
    Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
    Themes ms-settings:themes
    Start ms-settings:personalization-start
    Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
    Apps & features ms-settings:appsfeatures
    Manage optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
    Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
    Offline maps ms-settings:maps
    Apps for websites ms-settings:appsforwebsites
    Video playback ms-settings:videoplayback
    Your info ms-settings:yourinfo
    Email & app accounts ms-settings:emailandaccounts
    Sign-in options ms-settings:signinoptions
    Access work or school ms-settings:workplace
    Family & other people ms-settings:otherusers
    Sync your settings ms-settings:sync
    Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
    Region & language ms-settings:regionlanguage
    Speech ms-settings:speech
    Game bar ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
    Game DVR ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
    Broadcasting ms-settings:gaming-broadcasting
    Game Mode ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
    TruePlay ms-settings:gaming-trueplay
    Xbox Networking ms-settings:gaming-xboxnetworking
    Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
    Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
    High contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
    Closed captions ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
    Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
    Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
    Other options ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
    Talk to Cortana ms-settings:cortana
    Permissions & History ms-settings:cortana-permissions
    Notifications ms-settings:cortana-notifications
    More details ms-settings:cortana-moredetails
    Cortana Language ms-settings:cortana-language
    General ms-settings:privacy
    Location ms-settings:privacy-location
    Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
    Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
    Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
    Notifications ms-settings:privacy-notifications
    Speech, inking, & typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
    Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
    Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
    Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
    Call history ms-settings:privacy-callhistory
    Email ms-settings:privacy-email
    Tasks ms-settings:privacy-tasks
    Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
    Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
    Other devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
    Feedback & diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-feedback
    Background apps ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
    App diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
    Automatic file downloads ms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads
    Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
    Check for updates ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
    Update history ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
    Restart options ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
    Advanced options ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
    Delivery Optimization ms-settings:delivery-optimization
    Windows Defender ms-settings:windowsdefender
    Backup ms-settings:backup
    Troubleshoot ms-settings:troubleshoot
    Recovery ms-settings:recovery
    Activation ms-settings:activation
    Find My Device ms-settings:findmydevice
    For developers ms-settings:developers
    Windows Hello ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfaceenrollment
    Windows Insider Program ms-settings:windowsinsider
    Mixed reality ms-settings:holographic
    Audio and speech ms-settings:holographic-audio
    Accounts ms-settings:surfacehub-accounts
    Team Conferencing ms-settings:surfacehub-calling
    Team device management ms-settings:surfacehub-devicemanagement
    Session cleanup ms-settings:surfacehub-sessioncleanup
    Welcome screen ms-settings:surfacehub-welcome
  4. Common Windows Keyboard Shortcuts:

    Shortcut To Keyboard Combo
    Run Win + R
    Task Manager Ctrl + Shift + Esc
    Browse Through Open Windows Alt + Tab
    Closes Selected Window Alt + F4
    Deletes Item without Recycle Bin Shift + Delete
    Finds any File or Folder Win + F
    Locks The Computer Win + L
    Maximizes All Minimized Windows Win + Shift + M
    Maximizes Selected Window Alt + Space + X
    Minimizes Selected Window Alt + Space + N
    Minimizes/ Maximizes All Windows Win + D / Win + D (do it twice)
    Move Through the Tabs In Dialog Box Ctrl + Tab
    My Computer Win + E
    Properties of Highlighted Item Alt + Enter
    System Properties Win + Pause/ Break
  5. Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts:

    Shortcut To Keyboard Combo
    Open or close Start. Windows logo key
    Open Action center. Windows logo key+A
    Set focus in the notification area. Windows logo key+B
    Open the charms menu. Windows logo key+Shift + C
    Display and hide the desktop. Windows logo key+D
    Display and hide the date and time on the desktop. Windows logo key+Alt + D
    Open File Explorer. Windows logo key+E
    Open Feedback Hub and take a screenshot. Windows logo key+F
    Open Game bar when a game is open. Windows logo key+G
    Start dictation. Windows logo key+H
    Open Settings. Windows logo key+I
    Set focus to a Windows tip when one is available. Windows logo key+J
    Open the Connect quick action. Windows logo key+K
    Lock your PC or switch accounts. Windows logo key+L
    Minimize all windows. Windows logo key+M
    Lock device orientation. Windows logo key+O
    Choose a presentation display mode. Windows logo key+P
    Open Quick Assist. Windows logo key + Ctrl + Q
    Open the Run dialog box. Windows logo key+R
    Open search. Windows logo key+S
    Take a screenshot of part of your screen. Windows logo key+Shift + S
    Cycle through apps on the taskbar. Windows logo key+T
    Open Ease of Access Center. Windows logo key+U
    Cycle through notifications. Windows logo key+Shift + V
    Open the Quick Link menu. Windows logo key+X
    Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop. Windows logo key + Y
    Show the commands available in an app in full-screen mode. Windows logo key+Z
    Open emoji panel. Windows logo key + period (.) or semicolon (;)
    Temporarily peek at the desktop. Windows logo key+comma
    Display the System Properties dialog box. Windows logo key+Pause
    Search for PCs (if you’re on a network). Windows logo key+Ctrl + F
    Restore minimized windows on the desktop. Windows logo key+Shift + M
    Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app. Windows logo key+number
    Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. Windows logo key+Shift + number
    Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. Windows logo key+Ctrl + number
    Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. Windows logo key+Alt + number
    Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator. Windows logo key+Ctrl + Shift + number
    Open Task view. Windows logo key+Tab
    Maximize the window. Windows logo key+Up arrow
    Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window. Windows logo key+Down arrow
    Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen. Windows logo key+Left arrow
    Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen. Windows logo key+Right arrow
    Minimize all except the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke). Windows logo key+Home
    Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen. Windows logo key+Shift + Up arrow
    Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width. Windows logo key+Shift + Down arrow
    Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another. Windows logo key+Shift + Left arrow or Right arrow
    Switch input language and keyboard layout. Windows logo key + Spacebar
    Change to a previously selected input. Windows logo key + Ctrl + Spacebar
    Turn on Narrator. Windows logo key+Ctrl + Enter
    Open Magnifier. Windows logo key + Plus (+)
    Begin IME reconversion. Windows logo key+forward slash (/)
    Open shoulder taps. Windows logo key + Ctrl + V
    Wake PC from blank or black screen Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B
  6. Chrome

    Shortcut To Keyboard Combo
    This will pin a tab so that it is always open, even if you close other windows Right Click Tab – Pin Tab
    Reloads a page and force reloads a page respectively Ctrl+R/ Ctrl+Shift+R
    Navigate back and forwards between tabs Alt+Left/Alt+Right
    Jump to top or bottom of a page Home/End
    Everyones favorite, Find Ctrl+F
    Opens a new tab or page Ctrl+T/ Ctrl+N
    Opens a new tab with a web address instead of overriding the current tab Enter web address + (Alt+Enter)
    Close a tab or a window of tabs Ctrl+F4/Ctrl+Shift+F4
    New private mode window Ctrl+Shift+N
    Re-open a previously closed tab Ctrl+Shift+T
    Jumps straight to the address bar Ctrl+L
    Opens in a new tab Ctrl+Shift+Click on a hyperlink
    Jumps straight to that tab Ctrl+Tab Number (left to right)
    Allows you to browse as a guest Ctrl+Shift+M
    Allows you to toggle bookmarks on/off Ctrl+Shift+B
    Opens a webpage as source Ctrl+U
    Allows you to scroll down on a page Spacebar


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