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Run dialog shortcuts

I hate it when I see people struggling through the menu system to find the various built in mmc snap-ins. Most of them are accessible with a very short command in the run dialog, here are some of my favourites (remember, you only need to press Windows+R to open the run dialog, no need to involve your mouse:).

inetmgr - this will launch the Internet Services Manager.

Internet Services Manager

com/comexp.msc - this launches the COM+ and Services console.

COM+ and Services

compmgmt.msc - this launches the Computer Management console with access to lots of goodies.

Computer Management

appwiz.cpl - opens the Add/Remove Programs dialog

Add/Remove Programs

cmd - duh, opens the windows command shell :)

Command Shell

mstsc - Remote Desktop (nice :)

Remote Desktop

outlook, winword and excel - Office Apps

Outlook, Word and Excel

notepad - Notepad


eventvwr - Event Viewer

Event Viewer

odbcad32 - ODBC settings

ODBC settings

I realise there are other solutions, such as slick run or setting up your own mmc and adding every add-in in the world - but the nice thing about these is that they work no matter whose PC or server you're working on.

If there's any I've missed - please share by posting a comment.

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Josh Post By Josh Twist
3:44 AM
26 Jun 2006

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Posted by Ralph @ 26 Jun 2006 3:58 AM
Notepad :)

Posted by Anon @ 26 Jun 2006 4:33 AM
How about "wordpad" and "winword" (which opens MS Word).

Posted by Josh @ 26 Jun 2006 8:43 AM
I've just remembered one I *used* to use a lot: odbcad32

This loads the ODBC admin console. Also, if you want to get straight into your event log: eventvwr

Posted by Arun @ 03 Jul 2006 3:37 AM
My favourite:


Posted by Ralph @ 07 Jul 2006 4:17 AM
mstsc - Remote Desktop
services.msc - Services Snap-in

Posted by Ian @ 08 Aug 2006 8:36 AM
'control' for the control panel - you can suffix this with all kinds of things so: 'control admintools' to open the administrative tools folder or 'control netconnections'

oh and ... 'taskmgr' for task manager

Posted by Eric D. Burdo @ 08 Aug 2006 9:32 AM
odbccp32.cpl - same as odbcad32
bdeadmin.cpl - The Borland DBE screen.
services.msc - the Windows Services screen

Posted by Mark Focas @ 20 Aug 2006 11:02 PM
Remote desktop is good, but mstsc /v:<server name> is better, it saves needing to select the server to connect to

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