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How to Make Custom Run Commands on Windows 10

Published by Soufiane Sabiri | Categories : Computers - Tips & Tricks - Computers - Windows 10

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“.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”).

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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.

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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 Command Description
documents Open Documents Folder
videos Open Videos folder
downloads Open Downloads Folder
favorites Open Favorites Folder
recent Open Recent Folder
pictures Open Pictures Folder
devicepairingwizard Adding a new Device
winver About Windows dialog
hdwwiz Add Hardware Wizard
netplwiz Advanced User Accounts
azman.msc Advanced User Accounts
sdclt Backup and Restore
fsquirt Bluetooth File Transfer
calc Calculator
certmgr.msc Certificates
systempropertiesperformance Change Computer Performance Settings
systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention Change Data Execution Prevention Settings
printui Change Data Execution Prevention Settings
charmap Character Map
cttune ClearType Tuner
colorcpl Color Management
cmd Command Prompt
comexp.msc Component Services
dcomcnfg Component Services
compmgmt.msc Computer Management
compmgmtlauncher Computer Management
displayswitch Connect to a Projector
control Control Panel
shrpubw Create A Shared Folder Wizard
recdisc Create a System Repair Disc
systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention Data Execution Prevention
timedate.cpl Date and Time
locationnotifications Default Location
devmgmt.msc Device Manager
hdwwiz.cpl Device Manager
devicepairingwizard Device Pairing Wizard
msdt Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizard
tabcal Digitizer Calibration Tool
dxdiag DirectX Diagnostic Tool
cleanmgr Disk Cleanup
dfrgui Disk Defragmenter
diskmgmt.msc Disk Management
dpiscaling Display
dccw Display Color Calibration
displayswitch Display Switch
dpapimig DPAPI Key Migration Wizard
verifier Driver Verifier Manager
utilman Ease of Access Center
rekeywiz EFS Wizard
eventvwr.msc Event Viewer
fxscover Fax Cover Page Editor
sigverif File Signature Verification
fontview Font Viewer
joy.cpl Game Controllers
iexpress IExpress Wizard
iexplore Internet Explorer
inetcpl.cpl Internet Options
iscsicpl iSCSI Initiator Configuration Tool
lpksetup Language Pack Installer
gpedit.msc Local Group Policy Editor
secpol.msc Local Security Policy
lusrmgr.msc Local Users and Groups
locationnotifications Location Activity
magnify Magnifier
mrt Malicious Software Removal Tool
rekeywiz Manage Your File Encryption Certificates
mmc Microsoft Management Console
msdt Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool
main.cpl Mouse
napclcfg.msc NAP Client Configuration
narrator Narrator
ncpa.cpl Network Connections
wiaacmgr New Scan Wizard
notepad Notepad
odbcad32 ODBC Data Source Administrator
odbcconf ODBC Driver Configuration
osk On-Screen Keyboard
mspaint Paint
tabletpc.cpl Pen and Touch
collab.cpl People Near Me
perfmon.msc Performance Monitor
systempropertiesperformance Performance Options
telephon.cpl Phone and Modem
dialer Phone Dialer
powercfg.cpl Power Options
presentationsettings Presentation Settings
printmanagement.msc Print Management
printbrmui Printer Migration
printui Printer User Interface
eudcedit Private Character Editor
psr Problem Steps Recorder
appwiz.cpl Programs and Features
dpapimig Protected Content Migration
intl.cpl Region and Language
regedit Registry Editor
regedt32 Registry Editor 32
rasphone Remote Access Phonebook
mstsc Remote Desktop Connection
resmon Resource Monitor
rsop.msc Resultant Set of Policy
syskey SAM Lock Tool
desk.cpl Screen Resolution
syskey Securing the Windows Account Database
services.msc Services
computerdefaults Set Program Access and Computer Defaults
shrpubw Share Creation Wizard
fsmgmt.msc Shared Folders
logoff Signout
snippingtool Snipping Tool
mmsys.cpl Sound
soundrecorder Sound recorder
cliconfg SQL Server Client Network Utility
stikynot Sticky Notes
credwiz Stored User Names and Passwords
mobsync Sync Center
msconfig System Configuration
sysedit System Configuration Editor
msinfo32 System Information
sysdm.cpl System Properties
systempropertiesadvanced System Properties (Advanced Tab)
systempropertiescomputername System Properties (Computer Name Tab)
systempropertieshardware System Properties (Hardware Tab)
systempropertiesremote System Properties (Remote Tab)
systempropertiesprotection System Properties (System Protection Tab)
rstrui System Restore
taskmgr Task Manager
taskschd.msc Task Scheduler
tpm.msc Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management
optionalfeatures Turn Windows features on or off
useraccountcontrolsettings User Account Control Settings
utilman Utility Manager
sndvol Volume Mixer
wscui.cpl Windows Action Center
slui Windows Activation Client
windowsanytimeupgraderesults Windows Anytime Upgrade Results
isoburn Windows Disc Image Burning Tool
explorer Windows Explorer
wfs Windows Fax and Scan
firewall.cpl Windows Firewall
wf.msc Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
journal Windows Journal
wmplayer Windows Media Player
mdsched Windows Memory Diagnostic Scheduler
mblctr Windows Mobility Center
wiaacmgr Windows Picture Acquisition Wizard
powershell Windows PowerShell
powershell_ise Windows PowerShell ISE
msra Windows Remote Assistance
recdisc Windows Repair Disc
wscript Windows Script Host
wuapp Windows Update
wusa Windows Update Standalone Installer
winver Windows Version
wmimgmt.msc WMI Management
write WordPad
xpsrchvw XPS 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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Author: Soufiane Sabiri

Soufiane is a young computer scientist and specialist in web design, knows a lot of things in the computer world. This enthusiast enjoys helping people innovate and learn more about the IT world...

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