Do you want to run your programs faster, using custom Run commands?

Creating your own run commands can be fun and useful, we usually use the start menu to search and run our programs but this may take more time especially when you haven’t yet migrated to an SSD drive.

You can also use Search/Cortana if you want to find almost anything (on the internet also) but this also requires some time for it to load.

Using commands on “Run” (Win+R) is the fastest way to launch any program or task you want in Windows, and it’s been and will always help to create your own custom commands to do certain tasks or launch some programs.

For example you can’t run the browser Google Chrome by typing “Google Chrome” in the Run command prompt, instead, we use chrome, commands are usually shorter to make easier for us to type them.

1. Use Existing Run Commands

As you know every system program and most of the desktop programs got their Run commands, so why create them if you already got them?

To find out the correct command all you have to do is find the shortcut to the application and right-click on it, go to “Properties“.

Create Custom Run Commands Windows Shortcut 1 Google Chrome Properties

Click on the “Shortcut” tab, then look for “Target“. There you will find the complete path to the program, look for the name before .exe and you will get the Run command to use.

Create Custom Run Commands Windows Shortcut 2 Shortcut Properties Chrome

You can also find any program’ location by right-clicking on the shortcut then choose “Open File Location“.

In this case the command for “Task Manager” is simply taskmgr, bingo!

Once you type “taskmgr” in the Run (Win+R) command prompt and hit enter you will get the “Task Manager“.

Create Custom Run Commands Windows Shortcut 3 Taskmgr

This tip works only with system programs (e.g Task Manager , System, System Configuration, Registry Editor, …) or desktop applications as I said.

If you wish to create your own custom Run commands then it’s explained in the next part of this tutorial.

2. Use Shortcuts to Create Custom Run Commands

Shortcuts are powerful, you can do a lot of tricks with them but in this tutorial we will only show to create a customized Run command.

First of all create a shortcut for your desired program by hitting “Create shortcut” after you right-click on the file Program.exe.

In this case I will create a Run command for the program Voicemeeter.

Once you have created your shortcut rename it to the name you want your Run command to be. I will use the name voice as a command to run Voicemeeter.

Create Custom Run Commands Windows Shortcut 4 Voicemeeter Shortcut

Then move your newly created shortcut to the folder C:\Windows.

Create Custom Run Commands Windows Shortcut 5 Windows C

If the operating system (in this case Windows 10) requires your administrator permission, provide it by clicking “Continue“.

Now all I have to do is use the command voice to launch my favorite screenshot program, Voicemeeter.

Create Custom Run Commands Windows Shortcut 6 Voice Run Command

You can also create a shortcut by right-clicking at any area on your PC and choose “New” > “Create Shortcut“. Choose “Browse” to find the executable program’s path and select it to create your shortcut. Then move the shortcut to the C:\Windows path.

3. Create a Custom Run Command Using Registry

This is the not-so-easy-way-to-create-a-run-command but can be useful if you don’t want to use shortcuts to get your custom Run commands working.

Open the Run command prompt and launch the “Registry Editor” using the command regedit.

Enable Hibernation Windows 7 Regedit

Then follow this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths

Select the key “App Paths” and right-click anywhere in the Registry Editor and choose “New” > “Key“, name it with the name of the Run command and file type (e.g “Voicemeeter.exe”).

Create Custom Run Commands Windows Shortcut 7 Registry Editor

Then change the value of the “(Default)” to the full path of the application.

Create Custom Run Commands Windows Shortcut 8 Registry Editor Voicemeeter

Create a new “String Value” and put only the path this time without the name of the program.

Create Custom Run Commands Windows Shortcut 9 Registry Editor

Exit the Registry Editor and launch your program using the new command you created! It works without the need for a restart, if it doesn’t work make sure you didn’t forget “.exe” in the name of the key on the left side of Registry Editor.

Bonus: List of Default Run Commands

Here is a list of all commands available by default in Windows:

Run CommandDescription
documentsOpen Documents Folder
videosOpen Videos folder
downloadsOpen Downloads Folder
favoritesOpen Favorites Folder
recentOpen Recent Folder
picturesOpen Pictures Folder
devicepairingwizardAdding a new Device
winverAbout Windows dialog
hdwwizAdd Hardware Wizard
netplwizAdvanced User Accounts
azman.mscAdvanced User Accounts
sdcltBackup and Restore
fsquirtBluetooth File Transfer
systempropertiesperformanceChange Computer Performance Settings
systempropertiesdataexecutionpreventionChange Data Execution Prevention Settings
printuiChange Data Execution Prevention Settings
charmapCharacter Map
cttuneClearType Tuner
colorcplColor Management
cmdCommand Prompt
comexp.mscComponent Services
dcomcnfgComponent Services
compmgmt.mscComputer Management
compmgmtlauncherComputer Management
displayswitchConnect to a Projector
controlControl Panel
shrpubwCreate A Shared Folder Wizard
recdiscCreate a System Repair Disc
systempropertiesdataexecutionpreventionData Execution Prevention
timedate.cplDate and Time
locationnotificationsDefault Location
devmgmt.mscDevice Manager
hdwwiz.cplDevice Manager
devicepairingwizardDevice Pairing Wizard
msdtDiagnostics Troubleshooting Wizard
tabcalDigitizer Calibration Tool
dxdiagDirectX Diagnostic Tool
cleanmgrDisk Cleanup
dfrguiDisk Defragmenter
diskmgmt.mscDisk Management
dccwDisplay Color Calibration
displayswitchDisplay Switch
dpapimigDPAPI Key Migration Wizard
verifierDriver Verifier Manager
utilmanEase of Access Center
rekeywizEFS Wizard
eventvwr.mscEvent Viewer
fxscoverFax Cover Page Editor
sigverifFile Signature Verification
fontviewFont Viewer
joy.cplGame Controllers
iexpressIExpress Wizard
iexploreInternet Explorer
inetcpl.cplInternet Options
iscsicpliSCSI Initiator Configuration Tool
lpksetupLanguage Pack Installer
gpedit.mscLocal Group Policy Editor
secpol.mscLocal Security Policy
lusrmgr.mscLocal Users and Groups
locationnotificationsLocation Activity
mrtMalicious Software Removal Tool
rekeywizManage Your File Encryption Certificates
mmcMicrosoft Management Console
msdtMicrosoft Support Diagnostic Tool
napclcfg.mscNAP Client Configuration
ncpa.cplNetwork Connections
wiaacmgrNew Scan Wizard
odbcad32ODBC Data Source Administrator
odbcconfODBC Driver Configuration
oskOn-Screen Keyboard
tabletpc.cplPen and Touch
collab.cplPeople Near Me
perfmon.mscPerformance Monitor
systempropertiesperformancePerformance Options
telephon.cplPhone and Modem
dialerPhone Dialer
powercfg.cplPower Options
presentationsettingsPresentation Settings
printmanagement.mscPrint Management
printbrmuiPrinter Migration
printuiPrinter User Interface
eudceditPrivate Character Editor
psrProblem Steps Recorder
appwiz.cplPrograms and Features
dpapimigProtected Content Migration
intl.cplRegion and Language
regeditRegistry Editor
regedt32Registry Editor 32
rasphoneRemote Access Phonebook
mstscRemote Desktop Connection
resmonResource Monitor
rsop.mscResultant Set of Policy
syskeySAM Lock Tool
desk.cplScreen Resolution
syskeySecuring the Windows Account Database
computerdefaultsSet Program Access and Computer Defaults
shrpubwShare Creation Wizard
fsmgmt.mscShared Folders
snippingtoolSnipping Tool
soundrecorderSound recorder
cliconfgSQL Server Client Network Utility
stikynotSticky Notes
credwizStored User Names and Passwords
mobsyncSync Center
msconfigSystem Configuration
syseditSystem Configuration Editor
msinfo32System Information
sysdm.cplSystem Properties
systempropertiesadvancedSystem Properties (Advanced Tab)
systempropertiescomputernameSystem Properties (Computer Name Tab)
systempropertieshardwareSystem Properties (Hardware Tab)
systempropertiesremoteSystem Properties (Remote Tab)
systempropertiesprotectionSystem Properties (System Protection Tab)
rstruiSystem Restore
taskmgrTask Manager
taskschd.mscTask Scheduler
tpm.mscTrusted Platform Module (TPM) Management
optionalfeaturesTurn Windows features on or off
useraccountcontrolsettingsUser Account Control Settings
utilmanUtility Manager
sndvolVolume Mixer
wscui.cplWindows Action Center
sluiWindows Activation Client
windowsanytimeupgraderesultsWindows Anytime Upgrade Results
isoburnWindows Disc Image Burning Tool
explorerWindows Explorer
wfsWindows Fax and Scan
firewall.cplWindows Firewall
wf.mscWindows Firewall with Advanced Security
journalWindows Journal
wmplayerWindows Media Player
mdschedWindows Memory Diagnostic Scheduler
mblctrWindows Mobility Center
wiaacmgrWindows Picture Acquisition Wizard
powershellWindows PowerShell
powershell_iseWindows PowerShell ISE
msraWindows Remote Assistance
recdiscWindows Repair Disc
wscriptWindows Script Host
wuappWindows Update
wusaWindows Update Standalone Installer
winverWindows Version
wmimgmt.mscWMI Management
xpsrchvwXPS Viewer


And there you have it, you are now able to create your Run commands in 3 ways.

If you have any questions feel free to write them in the comments’ section below, thanks for your time and have a nice day.

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