There are a few common places around the Windows 10 operating system that allow for you to run some commands. The Command Prompt being probably the most well known, Windows PowerShell being another.

The Command Prompt has been around since the dawn of Windows operating system and is still a useful tool for getting jobs done quicker than you would have been able to by using just a graphical interface and clicking buttons to navigate your way around the OS to get to where you needed to go.

The Windows PowerShell is similar to the Command Prompt but even more powerful, helping you administer more important things like automating Windows, using Objects, remotely manage servers, scheduling jobs, using Cmdlets, getting computer information, so forth.

The Run dialog box is another place where you can run commands, this time to specifically run programs (directly from it or run some Command Prompt commands), plus open folders and documents. It’s also powerful enough for you to run commands and programs with administrative permissions so that you can control them at their deepest level.

List of Run Commands

Windows FunctionRun Command
Add Hardware Wizardhdwwiz
Adding New Devicesdevicepairingwizard
Advanced User Accountsazman.msc
Advanced User Accountsnetplwiz
Backup and Restoresdclt
Calculatorcalc
Certificatescertmgr.msc
Character Mapcharmap
ClearType Tunercttune
Color Managementcolorcpl
Command Promptcmd
Component Servicescomexp.msc
Component Servicesdcomcnfg
Computer Managementcompmgmt.msc
Computer Managementcompmgmtlauncher
Connect to Projectorsdisplayswitch
Control Panelcontrol
Credential Backup and Restore Wizardcredwiz
Data Execution Preventionsystempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
Date and Timetimedate.cpl
Device Managerhdwwiz.cpl
Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizardmsdt
Digitizer Calibration Tooltabcal
DirectX Diagnostic Tooldxdiag
Disk Cleanupcleanmgr
Disk Defragmenterdfrgui
Disk Managementdiskmgmt.msc
Displaydpiscaling
Display Color Calibrationdccw
DPAPI Key Migration Wizarddpapimig
Driver Verifier Managerverifier
Ease of Access Centerutilman
Event Viewereventvwr.msc
Fax Cover Page Editorfxscover
Game Controllersjoy.cpl
Getting Startedirprops.cpl
IExpress Wizardiexpress
Internet Exploreriexplore
Internet Optionsinetcpl.cpl
Language Pack Installerlpksetup
Local Users and Groupslusrmgr.msc
Magnifiermagnify
Malicious Software Removal Toolmrt
Math Input Panelmip
Microsoft Management Consolemmc
Mousemain.cpl
NAP Client Configurationnapclcfg.msc
Narratornarrator
Network Connectionsncpa.cpl
New Scan Wizardwiaacmgr
Notepadnotepad
ODBC Data Source Administratorodbcad32
On-Screen Keyboardosk
Open Documents Folderdocuments
Open Downloads Folderdownloads
Open Favorites Folderfavorites
Open Pictures Folderpictures
Open Recent Folderrecent
Open Videos foldervideos
Paintmspaint
Pen and Touchtabletpc.cpl
People Near Mecollab.cpl
Performance Monitorperfmon.msc
Performance Optionssystempropertiesperformance
Phone and Modemtelephon.cpl
Phone Dialerdialer
Power Optionspowercfg.cpl
Printer User Interfaceprintui
Private Character Editoreudcedit
Problem Steps Recorderpsr
Programs and Featuresappwiz.cpl
Region and Languageintl.cpl
Registry Editorregedit
Remote Access Phonebookrasphone
Remote Desktop Connectionmstsc
Resource Monitorresmon
SAM Lock Toolsyskey
Screen Resolutiondesk.cpl
Servicesservices.msc
Set Program Access and Computer Defaultscomputerdefaults
Share Creation Wizardshrpubw
Shared Folder Wizardshrpubw
Shared Foldersfsmgmt.msc
Snipping Toolsnippingtool
Soundmmsys.cpl
Sound recordersoundrecorder
SQL Server Client Network Utilitycliconfg
Sticky Notesstikynot
Sync Centermobsync
System Configurationmsconfig
System Configuration Editorsysedit
System Informationmsinfo32
System Propertiessysdm.cpl
System Properties (Advanced Tab)systempropertiesadvanced
System Properties (Hardware Tab)systempropertieshardware
System Properties (Remote Tab)systempropertiesremote
System Properties (System Protection Tab)systempropertiesprotection
System Restorerstrui
Task Managertaskmgr
Task Schedulertaskschd.msc
Taskbar and Start Menucontrol.exe /name Microsoft.TaskbarandStartMenu
Troubleshootingcontrol.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Managementtpm.msc
User Account Control Settingsuseraccountcontrolsettings
User Accountscontrol.exe /name Microsoft.UserAccounts
Utility Managerutilman
Version Reporter Appletwinver
Volume Mixersndvol
Windows Action Centerwscui.cpl
Windows Activation Clientslui
Windows Anytime UpgradeWindowsAnytimeUpgradeui
Windows Anytime Upgrade Resultswindowsanytimeupgraderesults
Windows Disc Image Burning Toolisoburn
Windows DVD Makerdvdmaker
Windows Easy Transfermigwiz
Windows Explorerexplorer
Windows Fax and Scanwfs
Windows Featuresoptionalfeatures
Windows Firewallfirewall.cpl
Windows Journaljournal
Windows Media Playerwmplayer
Windows Memory Diagnostic Schedulermdsched
Windows Mobility Centermblctr
Windows PowerShellpowershell
Windows PowerShell ISEpowershell_ise
Windows Remote Assistancemsra
Windows Repair Discrecdisc
Windows Script Hostwscript
Windows Updatewuapp
Windows Update Standalone Installerwusa
WMI Managementwmimgmt.msc
WordPadwrite
XPS Viewerxpsrchvw

Along with the list of run commands that you use, the Run dialog box allows you to open things around the Windows operating system often as one of the alternatives for navigating using the graphical interface as well. For example, you could boot to the Advanced Startup Options screen by using the Run dialog box, changing the number of times Windows 10 creates restore points, opening up File Explorer, performing a clean boot of the Windows 10 operating system, and loads of other stuff.

Finding Run Command from Start Menu

You’ll always have the Run dialog box link available from the Start menu in Windows 10, making it one of the more reliable methods to open it if you are ever experiencing problems due to software bugs that can sometimes happen to devices on occasion. To find it, you just have to click on the “Start” button on the taskbar and then scroll down your All Apps list until you get to “Windows System.” Click on the words or the little arrow to the right, and it reveals a bunch of apps that are all related to your system, one of them being the “Run” app. Click on it once and then you have the Run dialog open on your computer’s display.

How to Add the Run Command to the Windows 10 Start Menu Tiles

You can always use the Run command dialog box in Windows 10 by pressing the Windows logo + R keys on your keyboard. It then brings up the Run dialog for you to run your commands in the available field. However, it’s also possible to get the Run dialog put on the Start menu as well, so you aren’t just relying on your keyboard, and you don’t have to scroll down the full list of All Apps just to find it. Not everyone cares about tiles all that much, and some prefer not going to the effort to use them, but on the other hand, you also have heaps of people who live the idea of setting up tiles if they can save them some time in the future and overall in their lives.

To get started with your pinning, use the Cortana search box in the taskbar and type “Run,” and you’ll then see the Run desktop application under the Best match section. Right-click on it to bring up the menu where you can then choose to pin it to the Start menu. (You’ll also see another option from the same menu that allows you to pin it to the taskbar if you prefer. Technically that would offer the quickest way to get access to it, but most people prefer only keeping the essential stuff pinned to the taskbar like your Microsoft Edge, File Explorer, and the Windows Store icons so that it isn’t cluttered.)

If you can’t see the search field in the taskbar it might be because someone on your computer has disabled Cortana completely by using the Windows Registry, or they just might have hidden the Cortana search box by using the taskbar settings.

We’ve seen some people around the web suggest that you could just right-click on an icon found in the Start menu and that would bring up the Run option from its context menu. We aren’t noticing that with the later versions of Windows 10. It’s possible that it was a feature in earlier versions, but we don;t remember witnessing it then either. Others are suggesting that you could just use the search field (as in Cortana search) to bring up the same stuff. That’s also another misguided opinion. You can bring up some things from search, but you won’t be able to do close to everything that we cover here in our how-to guides by just using the search field alone, which is why we often get people to use the Run dialog. Just another reminder to not always believe everything you see on the internet, particularly in the comment sections. Comments can be of value for adding some additional information, but don’t perpetually take what they say as the definite truth.

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