I am going to be focusing on the “run line“. This is sometimes referred to as the “start run line“.
There are many “built-in” commands that may be run “out-of-the-box”. When these tips and tricks are employed, you will find yourself able to move through XP much faster and efficiently.
In order to find the “run line” (RL), you will need to click on the Windows Start Button. From there, you will notice the “Run…” command a few lines up from the start button. Click it. You may also use the following key combination: WINDOWS KEY + r
When you click the “Run…” line, a new dialog box will appear. This is the box where you will be typing in these shortcuts.
Useful RL commands for the novice and end-user: (These commands are every-day, useful commands that everyone can use)
iexplore Opens Internet Explorer
firefox Opens Firefox
calc Opens the Window’s Calculator
excel Opens Microsoft Excel
frontpg Opens Microsoft Frontpage
msimn Opens Outlook Express
nero< Opens Nero
notepad Opens Microsoft Notepad
outlook Opens up Microsoft Outlook
pbrush Opens Microsoft Paint
powerpnt Opens Microsoft Power Point
tourstart Opens the Microsoft Tour
winword Opens Microsoft Word
wordpad Opens Microsoft Wordpad
quictimeplayer Opens Quicktime’s Player
moviemk Opens Window’s Movie Maker
realplay Opens Real Audio’s Player
wmplayer Opens Microsoft Media Player
freecell Opens Freecell
pinball Opens Pinball
spider Opens Spider Solataire
clipbrd Opens the contents of the clipboard
control Opens the control panel
explore Opens Windows explorer
logoff Logoff the current user
magnify Opens the magnify utility
osk Opens the on-screen keyboard
printers Opens the printers panel
shutdown Shutdown the computer
Exploring the computer:
You may also enter simple “paths” into the RL. For example: C: Will open the contents of your hard drive, A: Will open the contents of your floppy drive, D: Will open the contents of your CD/DVD drive (usually), ?: Insert a letter for “?”, this will open the contents of that drive
In addition, you may enter a full file path like C:windows. This will open the windows directory. Also, if you are currently in an explorer window, you may enter an internet address and your default web-browser will open, and… vice-versa; You may also enter a local address, such as C:windows , within your web-browser, and it will open the local path as well.
Opening Web Pages:
By typing in a web-address using the RL, the default browser will automatically open. There is no need to start the web-browser first.
Advanced RL commands:
(These are commands that open up specific control panels)
access.cpl Accessibility options
appwiz.cpl Add or remove programs
desk.cpl Display properties
hdwwiz.cpl Add hardware wizard
inetcpl.cpl Internet Explorer properties
intl.cpl Regional and language options
joy.cpl Game controllers
main.cpl Mouse properties
mmsys.cpl Sounds and audio device properties
ncpa.cpl Network connections
nusrmgr.cpl User accounts
odbccp32.cpl ODBC data source administrator
powercfg.cpl Power options properties
sysdm.cpl System properties
telephon.cpl Phone and modem options
timedate.cpl Date and time properties
.MSC RL commands:
(These are commands that open up Microsoft Management Console
Snap-ins. Some of these only work with XP Professional)
ciadv.msc Indexing service
compmgmt.msc Computer management
devmgmt.msc Device manager
diskmgmt.msc Disk management
eventvwr.msc Event viewer
fsmgmt.msc Shared folders
lusrmgr.msc Local users and groups
ntmsmgr.msc Removable storage
ntmsoprq.msc Removable storage operator requests
perfmon.msc Performance monitor
wmimgmt.msc Windows management infrastructure
There are others as well…
Creating your own RL shortcuts:
There are many ways to make RL shortcuts to applications. Some involve changing the registry and some involve other complexities. The following are the two easiest methods:
Method 1 (easiest, little risk):
1. Create a windows shortcut of the application you would like to open by using the RL.
2. Save it to the “Windows” sub-directory. This is usually the file path: “C:Windows”.
3. Now you should be able to open the application using the RL.
Using the method works 99.9% of the time.
Method 2 (a little harder, but still easy in comparison to others, some risk):
1. Open the control panel and choose Systems Properties.
2. Choose the Advanced tab and click Environment Variables.
3. From the “Systems variables” section, highlight “Path” and click edit.
4. Go to the end of the entry name “Variable value:” and insert this: ;c:shortcuts ***Do not change anything else, or you may cause severe problems with other applications and their function! ***REMEMBER, YOU ARE ADDING THIS TO THE EXISTING LINE, NOT DELETING WHAT IS ALREADY THERE!
5. In the dialog boxes, click ok, then ok, then ok.
6. Create a directory (folder) called “shortcuts” in your “C: “, root directory. The address line should read, C:shortcuts when
you open it.
7. Create a windows shortcut of the application you would like to open by using the RL.
8. Save it to the “shortcut” sub-directory you just made in the previous steps.
9. Now you should be able to open the application using the RL.
Obviously, when you understand the above process, you may label and locate the directory anywhere you wish. By using the 2nd method you will be able to organize your shortcuts in a much cleaner fashion.
Submitted by Prof. Joseph M. Pisano. He's the Assistant Chairman of Music and Fine Arts & Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology at Grove City College, Grove City, PA. He is an active musician, adjudicator, clinician and technology expert.
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Re: Incredible Windows XP tips you wish you knew before you read this by Anonymous on Saturday, September 30 2006 @ 00:48:58 CEST
pinball = pinball
Reply by Anonymous on Saturday, September 30 2006 @ 01:08:13 CEST
Re: Incredible Windows XP tips you wish you knew before you read this by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 01 2006 @ 16:05:53 CET
Great page!! I knew some of these, but I was looking for all of them. This is a great resource!
coould u please tell me shortcut to bring up the RL Box... by Anonymous on Friday, April 27 2007 @ 08:48:46 CEST
coould u please tell me shortcut to bring up the RL Box...
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Re: Incredible Windows XP tips you wish you knew before you read this by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 30 2008 @ 09:13:12 CEST