Keyboard Shortcuts and Run Commands – Use Them!

Description:

Please, please, please refer to this page often! Keyboard shortcuts are not only useful for getting things done faster, but often represent a sense of professionalism when working with customers. Many times when I remote in or sit in front of a computer and start running run commands or command prompt commands, the end user will compliment me saying “finally, someone who knows what they are doing!” I would start by creating a spreadsheet of all the commands (manually type them so you can start to memorize them), and then create a most used list to reference often. Print a small page and keep in your cubicle or take it with you if you are an onsite technician – you won’t regret it!

Run Commands: (Keyboard Keys Win + R)

Add/ Remove Programs……………………..appwiz.cpl
Action Center/ Security Center Alerts…….wscui.cpl
Admin Tools…………………………………..control admintools
Command Prompt……………………………cmd
Computer Management……………………..compmgmt.msc
Control Panel…………………………………control
Device Manager………………………………devmgmt.msc
Firewall Properties…………………………..firewall.cpl
Folder Properties…………………………….control folders
Group Policy Editor…………………………..gpedit.msc
Power Settings……………………………….powercfg.cpl
Internet Properties…………………………..inetcpl.cpl
Local Security Settings………………………secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups…………………….lusrmgr.msc
Microsoft Management Console……………mmc
Network Connections………………………..ncpa.cpl
Disk Cleanup………………………………….cleanmgr.exe
Paint……………………………………………mspaint
Power Options………………………………..powercfg.cpl
Notepad……………………………………….notepad
Registry Editor………………………………..regedit
Remote Desktop Connection……………….mstsc
Scheduled Tasks……………………………..control schedtasks
System Configuration Monitor……………..msconfig
System Info…………………………………..dxdiag
System Info (my preference)………………msinfo32
System Properties…………………………..sysdm.cpl
Resultant Set Of Policies…………………..rsop.msc
Devices and Printers………………………..control printers
Folder Properties…………………………….control folders
Windows Updates……………………………control update, wuapp (w7)

Admin Applets:

AD Domains and Trusts…………………….domain.msc
Active Directory Management……………..admgmt.msc
AD Sites and Services……………………….dssite.msc
AD Users and Computers……………………dsa.msc
ADSI Edit……………………………………….adsiedit.msc
Authorization manager……………………….azman.msc
Certification Authority Management……….certsrv.msc
Certificate Templates…………………………certtmpl.msc
Cluster Administrator…………………………cluadmin.exe
Computer Management………………………compmgmt.msc
Component Services…………………………..comexp.msc
Configure Your Server…………………………cys.exe
Device Manager…………………………………devmgmt.msc
DHCP Management…………………………….dhcpmgmt.msc
Disk Defragmenter……………………………..dfrg.msc
Disk Manager…………………………………….diskmgmt.msc
Distributed File System…………………………dfsgui.msc
DNS Management………………………………..dnsmgmt.msc
Event Viewer……………………………………….eventvwr.msc
Indexing Service Management………………….ciadv.msc
IP Address Manager………………………………..ipaddrmgmt.msc
Licensing Manager………………………………….llsmgr.exe
Local Certificates Management…………………..certmgr.msc
Local Group Policy Editor…………………………..gpedit.msc
Local Security Settings Manager………………….secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups Manager…………………lusrmgr.msc
Network Load balancing……………………………nlbmgr.exe
Performance Monitor……………………………….perfmon.msc
PKI Viewer…………………………………………….pkiview.msc
Public Key Management…………………………….pkmgmt.msc
Quality of Service Control Management………….acssnap.msc
Remote Desktop………………………………………tsmmc.msc
Remote Storage Administration…………………….rsadmin.msc
Removable Storage……………………………………ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests…………….ntmsoprq.msc
Routing and Remote Access Manager………………rrasmgmt.msc
Resultant Set of Policy………………………………..rsop.msc
Schema management…………………………………schmmgmt.msc
Services Management…………………………………services.msc
Shared Folders………………………………………….fsmgmt.msc
SID Security Migration………………………………..sidwalk.msc
Telephony Management……………………………….tapimgmt.msc
Terminal Server Configuration………………………..tscc.msc
Terminal Server Licensing……………………………..licmgr.exe
Terminal Server Manager………………………………tsadmin.exe
Terminal Services RDP…………………………………..mstsc
Terminal Services RDP to Console……………………..mstsc /v:[server] /console
UDDI Services Managment……………………………..uddi.msc
Windows Management Instumentation………………..wmimgmt.msc
WINS Server Manager…………………………………..winsmgmt.msc

Favorite Run Commands:

1. mstsc – Used to remote to other machines inside and outside of your network. For a full list of switches, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753907.aspx.

ex:
mstsc /f – Enters a RDP session in full screen.
mstsc /admin- Enters a RDP session as a console session. Note this used to be mstsc /console. See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/2007/12/17/changes-to-remote-administration-in-windows-server-2008.aspx for details.

2. compmgmt.msc – Computer Management – Used to many common tasks, works best if the computer is on a workgroup. It brings up Users and Computers (lusrmgr.msc), Device Manager (devmgmt.msc), Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc), Services (services.msc), and others. If the computer is on a domain, you will need to use the “Administrative Tools” on the DC to other tasks such as adding, deleting, or modifying users/ groups in AD (Active Directory).

3. resmon – Resource Monitor – Lets you see in real time what the status is of the CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network in more details that your common Task Manager (taskmgr).

Common Windows Keyboard Shortcuts:

Run……………………………………………………..Win + R
Task Manager…………………………………………Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Browse Through Open Windows………………….Alt + Tab
Closes Selected Window…………………………..Alt + F4
Deletes Item without Recycle Bin………………..Shift + Delete
Finds any File or Folder…………………………….Win + F
Locks The Computer………………………………..Win + L
Maximizes All Minimized Windows……………….Win + Shift + M
Maximizes Selected Window………………………Alt + Space + X
Minimizes Selected Window……………………….Alt + Space + N
Minimizes/ Maximizes All Windows………………Win + D / Win + D (do it twice)
Move Through the Tabs In Dialog Box……………Ctrl + Tab
My Computer………………………………………….Win + E
Properties of Highlighted Item…………………….Alt + Enter
System Properties……………………………………Win + Pause/ Break

Chrome:

Right Click Tab – Pin Tab: This will pin a tab so that it is always open, even if you close other windows.
Alt+Left/Alt+Right: Navigate back and forwards between tabs
Ctrl+R/ Ctrl+Shift+R: Reloads a page and force reloads a page respectively.
Ctrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+Tab: Navigating right and left through tabs respectively.
Home/End: Jump to top or bottom of a page.
Ctrl+F: Everyones favorite, Find.
Ctrl+T/ Ctrl+N: Opens a new tab or page.
Enter web address + (Alt+Enter): Opens a new tab with a web address instead of overriding the current tab.
Ctrl+F4/Ctrl+Shift+F4: Close a tab or a window of tabs.
Ctrl+Shift+N: New private mode window.
Ctrl+Shift+T: Re-open a previously closed tab.
Ctrl+L: Jumps straight to the address bar.
Ctrl+Shift+Click on a hyperlink: Opens in a new tab
Ctrl+Tab Number (left to right): Jumps straight to that tab.
Ctrl+Shift+M: Allows you to browse as a guest.
Ctrl+Shift+B: Allows you to toggle bookmarks on/off.
Ctrl+U: Opens a webpage as source.
Spacebar: Allows you to scroll down on a page.

Follow these steps to add your home and work locations so that you can Google search them using custom phrases:

a. Open up maps.google.com and enter your address for home or work.

b. After it populates, right click on it and select the option to – “Add to searches” – it will bring up 3 text boxes.

c. Enter a phrase in the middle box like “near home” or “near work”

d. Open a new tab and use the keywords, it should bring up results closest to those locations.

Reference:

http://lifehacker.com/5867446/the-always-up-to-date-power-users-guide-to-chrome#shortcuts

Windows 10:

 

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Even more with the new Settings app:

SETTINGS

PAGEURI COMMAND

Settings home page

ms-settings:

Display

ms-settings:display

Night light

ms-settings:nightlight

Notifications & actions

ms-settings:notifications

Power & sleep

ms-settings:powersleep

Battery

ms-settings:batterysaver

Battery usage by app

ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails

Battery Saver settings

ms-settings:batterysaver-settings

Storage

ms-settings:storagesense

Save locations

ms-settings:savelocations

Change how we free up space

ms-settings:storagepolicies

Tablet mode

ms-settings:tabletmode

Multitasking

ms-settings:multitasking

Projecting to this PC

ms-settings:project

Remote Desktop

ms-settings:remotedesktop

Shared experiences

ms-settings:crossdevice

About

ms-settings:about

Bluetooth & other devices

ms-settings:bluetooth

Connected devices

ms-settings:connecteddevices

Printers & scanners

ms-settings:printers

Mouse

ms-settings:mousetouchpad

Touchpad

ms-settings:devices-touchpad

Typing

ms-settings:typing

Pen & Windows Ink

ms-settings:pen

AutoPlay

ms-settings:autoplay

USB

ms-settings:usb

Phone

ms-settings:mobile-devices

Add a phone

ms-settings:mobile-devices-addphone

Status

ms-settings:network-status

Cellular & SIM

ms-settings:network-cellular

Wi-Fi

ms-settings:network-wifi

Wi-Fi Calling

ms-settings:network-wificalling

Manage known networks

ms-settings:network-wifisettings

Ethernet

ms-settings:network-ethernet

Dial-up

ms-settings:network-dialup

VPN

ms-settings:network-vpn

Airplane mode

ms-settings:network-airplanemode

Mobile hotspot

ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot

Data usage

ms-settings:datausage

Proxy

ms-settings:network-proxy

Background

ms-settings:personalization-background

Colors

ms-settings:colors

Lock screen

ms-settings:lockscreen

Themes

ms-settings:themes

Start

ms-settings:personalization-start

Taskbar

ms-settings:taskbar

Apps & features

ms-settings:appsfeatures

Manage optional features

ms-settings:optionalfeatures

Default apps

ms-settings:defaultapps

Offline maps

ms-settings:maps

Apps for websites

ms-settings:appsforwebsites

Video playback

ms-settings:videoplayback

Your info

ms-settings:yourinfo

Email & app accounts

ms-settings:emailandaccounts

Sign-in options

ms-settings:signinoptions

Access work or school

ms-settings:workplace

Family & other people

ms-settings:otherusers

Sync your settings

ms-settings:sync

Date & time

ms-settings:dateandtime

Region & language

ms-settings:regionlanguage

Speech

ms-settings:speech

Game bar

ms-settings:gaming-gamebar

Game DVR

ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr

Broadcasting

ms-settings:gaming-broadcasting

Game Mode

ms-settings:gaming-gamemode

TruePlay

ms-settings:gaming-trueplay

Xbox Networking

ms-settings:gaming-xboxnetworking

Narrator

ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator

Magnifier

ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier

High contrast

ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast

Closed captions

ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning

Keyboard

ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard

Mouse

ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse

Other options

ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions

Talk to Cortana

ms-settings:cortana

Permissions & History

ms-settings:cortana-permissions

Notifications

ms-settings:cortana-notifications

More details

ms-settings:cortana-moredetails

Cortana Language

ms-settings:cortana-language

General

ms-settings:privacy

Location

ms-settings:privacy-location

Camera

ms-settings:privacy-webcam

Microphone

ms-settings:privacy-microphone

Motion

ms-settings:privacy-motion

Notifications

ms-settings:privacy-notifications

Speech, inking, & typing

ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping

Account info

ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo

Contacts

ms-settings:privacy-contacts

Calendar

ms-settings:privacy-calendar

Call history

ms-settings:privacy-callhistory

Email

ms-settings:privacy-email

Tasks

ms-settings:privacy-tasks

Messaging

ms-settings:privacy-messaging

Radios

ms-settings:privacy-radios

Other devices

ms-settings:privacy-customdevices

Feedback & diagnostics

ms-settings:privacy-feedback

Background apps

ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps

App diagnostics

ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics

Automatic file downloads

ms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads

Windows Update

ms-settings:windowsupdate

Check for updates

ms-settings:windowsupdate-action

Update history

ms-settings:windowsupdate-history

Restart options

ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions

Advanced options

ms-settings:windowsupdate-options

Delivery Optimization

ms-settings:delivery-optimization

Windows Defender

ms-settings:windowsdefender

Backup

ms-settings:backup

Troubleshoot

ms-settings:troubleshoot

Recovery

ms-settings:recovery

Activation

ms-settings:activation

Find My Device

ms-settings:findmydevice

For developers

ms-settings:developers

Windows Hello

ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfaceenrollment

Windows Insider Program

ms-settings:windowsinsider

Mixed reality

ms-settings:holographic

Audio and speech

ms-settings:holographic-audio

Accounts

ms-settings:surfacehub-accounts

Team Conferencing

ms-settings:surfacehub-calling

Team device management

ms-settings:surfacehub-devicemanagement

Session cleanup

ms-settings:surfacehub-sessioncleanup

Welcome screen

ms-settings:surfacehub-welcome