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!
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).
Okay, now the list of Run Commands: (Keyboard Keys Win + R)
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
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 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
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
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
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