The Definitive Windows 7 Commands Guide

This definitive, mammoth guide contains a complete list of  Windows 7 commands you need to gain access to all Windows 7 features. These commands are divided into two different categories :Shell commands and Run commands. Thanks to them you will be only one click away from all Windows 7 tools, utility, folders and features. Dont you remember the path to gain access to that neat Windows 7? Do you wish to clean Internet Explorer cache without rummaging among tricky options? Here is the guide you have always been looking for!

Shell Commands

These commands are especially useful to users, power users and administrators who need to gain access or create shortcuts to difficult-to-reach Windows 7 utilities or locations (such as folder for example).  There are two ways you can use these Shell Commands: To create a shortcuts or through Run…

How to Create a Shortcut using a Shell Command.

  1. Right-click any empty space on your desktop.
  2. Click New.
  3. Click Shortcut.
  4. Now, if you want to create a shortcut, you will need to add “explorer.exe” , whiteout quotes,  right in front of each Shell command. Here is an example: explorer.exe shell:PicturesLibrary.
  5. So, right after clicking the shortcut link a new window will appear. In the blank field, write: shell:(your Command).
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click OK.

At this point you should see a shortcut icon on your desktop pointing to the the Picture Library.

How to access folders using a Shell Command.

  1. Press the Windows Key + R on your keyboard.
  2. In the blank field, type Shell:(your command). This will let you access every folder in your Windows 7, including hidden folders.
  3. Click OK.

List

  1. shell:AddNewProgramsFolder
  2. shell:Administrative Tools (hidden folder)
  3. shell:AppData (hidden to users)
  4. shell:AppUpdatesFolder (installed updates)
  5. shell:Cache (hidden folder) (Temporary Internet Files)
  6. shell:CD Burning (hidden folder)
  7. shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder
  8. shell:Common Administrative Tools (hidden folder)
  9. shell:Common AppData (hidden folder)
  10. shell:Common Desktop
  11. shell:Common Documents
  12. shell:Common Programs (hidden folder)
  13. shell:Common Start Menu (hidden folder)
  14. shell:Common Startup (hidden folder)
  15. shell:Common Templates (hidden folder)
  16. shell:CommonDownloads
  17. shell:CommonMusic
  18. shell:CommonPictures
  19. shell:CommonRingtones (hidden folder)
  20. shell:CommonVideo
  21. shell:ConflictFolder
  22. shell:ConnectionsFolder
  23. shell:Contacts
  24. shell:ControlPanelFolder
  25. shell:Cookies
  26. shell:Cookies\Low (hidden folder)
  27. shell:CredentialManager (hidden folder)
  28. shell:CryptoKeys (hidden folder)
  29. shell:CSCFolder
  30. shell:Default Gadgets
  31. shell:Desktop
  32. shell:Device Metadata Store (hidden folder)
  33. shell:DocumentsLibrary
  34. shell:Downloads
  35. shell:DpapiKeys (hidden folder)
  36. shell:Favorites
  37. shell:Fonts
  38. shell:Gadgets (hidden folder)
  39. shell:Games
  40. shell:GameTasks (hidden folder)
  41. shell:History (hidden folder)
  42. shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts
  43. shell:InternetFolder (Internet Explorer)
  44. shell:Libraries
  45. shell:Links
  46. shell:Local AppData (hidden folder)
  47. shell:LocalAppDataLow (hidden folder)
  48. shell:LocalizedResourcesDir
  49. shell:MAPIFolder
  50. shell:MusicLibrary
  51. shell:My Music
  52. shell:My Pictures
  53. shell:My Video
  54. shell:MyComputerFolder
  55. shell:NetHood (hidden folder)
  56. shell:NetworkPlacesFolder
  57. shell:OEM Links
  58. shell:Original Images
  59. shell:OtherUsersFolder
  60. shell:Personal
  61. shell:PhotoAlbums
  62. shell:PicturesLibrary
  63. shell:Playlists
  64. shell:PrintersFolder
  65. shell:PrintHood (hidden folder)
  66. shell:Profile
  67. shell:ProgramFiles
  68. shell:ProgramFilesCommon
  69. shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86
  70. shell:ProgramFilesX86
  71. shell:Programs
  72. shell:Public
  73. shell:PublicGameTasks (hidden folder)
  74. shell:PublicSuggestedLocations
  75. shell:Quick Launch (hidden folder)
  76. shell:Recent (hidden folder)
  77. shell:RecycleBinFolder
  78. shell:ResourceDir
  79. shell:Ringtones (hidden folder)
  80. shell:SampleMusic
  81. shell:SamplePictures
  82. shell:SamplePlaylists
  83. shell:SampleVideos
  84. shell:SavedGames
  85. shell:Searches
  86. shell:SearchHomeFolder
  87. shell:SendTo (hidden folder)
  88. shell:Start Menu (hidden folder)
  89. shell:Startup
  90. shell:SyncCenterFolder
  91. shell:SyncResultsFolder
  92. shell:SyncSetupFolder
  93. shell:System
  94. shell:SystemCertificates (hidden folder)
  95. shell:SystemX86
  96. shell:Templates
  97. shell:TreePropertiesFolder
  98. shell:User Pinned
  99. shell:UserProfiles
  100. shell:UsersFilesFolder
  101. shell:UsersLibrariesFolder
  102. shell:VideosLibrary
  103. shell:Windows

Run Commands

Run Commands are quite useful if you want to reach, use, open anything in your Windows 7. What follows are the easy steps to use these commands.

How to use Run Commands

  1. Press the Windows Key + R on your keyboard.
  2. Type the command in the blank field.
  3. Click OK.

List

  1. Add/Remove Programs = appwiz.cpl
  2. Administrative Tools = control admintools
  3. Authorization Manager= azman.msc
  4. Calculator = calc
  5. Certificate Manager = certmgr.msc
  6. Character Map = charmap
  7. Check Disk Utility = chkdsk
  8. Command Prompt = cmd.exe
  9. Component Services = dcomcnfg
  10. Computer Management = compmgmt.msc
  11. Control Panel = control
  12. Date and Time Properties = timedate.cpl
  13. Defragment User Interface = dfrgui
  14. Device Manager = devmgmt.msc
  15. Direct X Troubleshooter = dxdiag
  16. Disk Cleanup Utility = cleanmgr
  17. Disk Management = diskmgmt.msc
  18. Disk Parmelonion Manager = diskpart
  19. Display Properties = control desktop or, alternatively desk.cpl
  20. Ditilizer Calibration Tool = tabcal
  21. Downloads = Downloads
  22. DPI Scaling = dpiscaling
  23. Driver Package Installer = dpinst
  24. Driver Verifier Utility = verifier or, alternatively reset
  25. DVD Player = dvdplay
  26. Encryption File System = rekeywiz
  27. Event Viewer = eventvwr.msc
  28. Fax Cover Sheet Editor = fxscover
  29. File Signature Verification Tool = sigverif
  30. Folders Properties = control folders
  31. Fonts = control fonts
  32. Free Cell Card Game = freecell
  33. Group Policy Editor = gpedit.msc
  34. Iexpress Wizard = iexpress
  35. Internet Explorer = iexplore
  36. Internet Properties = inetcpl.cpl
  37. IP Configuration = ipconfig.exe
  38. iSCSI Initiator = iscsicpl
  39. Keyboard Properties = control keyboard
  40. Libraries = explorer or, alternatively Windows key + E
  41. Local Security Settings = secpol.msc
  42. Local Users and Groups = lusrmgr.msc
  43. Logs You Out Of Windows = logoff
  44. Microsoft Paint = mspaint.exe
  45. Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool = msdt
  46. Mobility Center (mobile) = mblctr or, alternatively Windows key + X
  47. Mouse Properties = control mouse
  48. Mouse Properties = main.cpl
  49. Network Connections = control netconnections
  50. Network Connections = ncpa.cpl
  51. Notepad = notepad
  52. ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32
  53. On Screen Keyboard = osk or, alternatively Windows key + U
  54. Optional Features Manager = optionalfeatures
  55. Performance Monitor = perfmon.msc
  56. Phone and Modem Options = telephon.cpl
  57. Power Configuration = powercfg.cpl
  58. Printer Migration = PrintBrmUi
  59. Printers and Faxes = control printers
  60. Private Character Editor = eudcedit
  61. Regional Settings = intl.cpl
  62. Registry Editor = regedit.exe
  63. Remote Assistance = msra
  64. Remote Desktop = mstsc
  65. Resultant Set of Policy = rsop.msc
  66. Scheduled Tasks = control schedtasks
  67. Security Center = wscui.cpl
  68. Services = services.msc
  69. Shared Folders/MMC = fsmgmt.msc
  70. Shuts Down Windows = shutdown
  71. Snipping Tool = snippingtool
  72. Sound Recorder = soundrecorder
  73. Sound Volume = sndvol
  74. Sounds and Audio = mmsys.cpl
  75. Spider Solitare Card Game = spider
  76. SQL Client Configuration = cliconfg
  77. Sticky Note = StikyNot
  78. Stored User Names and Passwords = credwiz
  79. System Configuration Editor = sysedit
  80. System Configuration Utility = msconfig
  81. System File Checker Utility = sfc
  82. System Information = msinfo32
  83. System Properties = sysdm.cpl or, alternatively Windows key + Pause
  84. Task Manager = taskmgr
  85. Trusted Platform Module = TpmInit
  86. User Accounts = netplwiz or, alternatively control userpasswords2
  87. Utility Manager = utilman
  88. Windows Activation = slui
  89. Windows Backup Utility = sdclt
  90. Windows Fax and Scan = wfs
  91. Windows Firewall = firewall.cpl
  92. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security = wf.msc
  93. Windows Image Acquisition = wiaacmgr
  94. Windows Magnifier = magnify
  95. Windows Management Infrastructure = wmimgmt.msc
  96. Windows Media Player = wmplayer
  97. Windows Share Creation Wizard = shrpubw
  98. Windows Standalong Update Manager = wusa
  99. Windows System Security Tool = syskey
  100. Windows Update App Manager = wuapp
  101. Wordpad = write

Different shortcuts

These shortcuts let you access specific features and tools in Windows 7. Simply, copy and paste them to the blank field Run.. window and that’s it!

  1. Action Center = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL wscui.cpl
  2. Add Network Location = rundll32.exe shwebsvc.dll,AddNetPlaceRunDll
  3. Add/Remove Programs = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl
  4. Add/Remove Programs = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,0
  5. Add/Remove Windows Components = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,2
  6. Advanced Restore = sdclt.exe /restorewizardadmin
  7. Aero (Transparency feature) Off = Rundll32.exe DwmApi #104
  8. Aero (Transparency feature) On = Rundll32.exe DwmApi #102
  9. Backup Location and Settings = sdclt.exe /configure
  10. Content Advisor = RunDll32.exe msrating.dll,RatingSetupUI
  11. Control Panel = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL
  12. Date and Time = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl
  13. Date and Time (Additional Clocks) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
  14. Date and Time (Properties) = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl
  15. Device Manager = RunDll32.exe devmgr.dll DeviceManager_Execute
  16. Device Manager = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hdwwiz.cpl
  17. Display Settings = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,3
  18. Folder Options = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 0
  19. Folder Options (File Types) = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_Options 2
  20. Folder Options (Search) = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 2
  21. Folder Options (View) = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 7
  22. Forgotten Password Wizard = RunDll32.exe keymgr.dll,PRShowSaveWizardExW
  23. Hibernate = RunDll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState
  24. Indexing Options = control.exe srchadmin.dll
  25. Keyboard Properties = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1
  26. Lock Screen = RunDll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  27. Manage Wireless Networks = explorer.exe shell:::{1fa9085f-25a2-489b-85d4-86326eedcd87}
  28. Map Network Drive = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL Connect
  29. Mouse Properties = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @0
  30. Network Connections = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL ncpa.cpl
  31. Notification Cache = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 5
  32. Open Control Panel (All Items) = explorer.exe shell:::{21ec2020-3aea-1069-a2dd-08002b30309d}
  33. Pen and Touch Tablet PC (Settings) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL tabletpc.cpl
  34. Pen and Touch Tablet PC (Settings Flicks Tab) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL tabletpc.cpl,,1
  35. Pen and Touch Tablet PC (Settings Handwriting Tab) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL tabletpc.cpl,,2
  36. People Near Me = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL collab.cpl
  37. People Near Me (Sign Up Tab) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL collab.cpl,,1
  38. Personalization = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,2
  39. Phone and Modem (Options) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL telephon.cpl
  40. Phone and Modem (Options Modems Tab) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL telephon.cpl,,1
  41. Phone and Modems (Options Advanced Tab) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL telephon.cpl,,2
  42. Power Options = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL powercfg.cpl
  43. Power Options Modify Plan Settings = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL powercfg.cpl,,1
  44. Regional Settings = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,3
  45. Restore Files = sdclt.exe /restorewizard
  46. Screen Resolution = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl
  47. ScreenSaver = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1
  48. Set Program Access and Computer Defaults = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,3
  49. Sound Control Playback Tab = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLLmmsys.cpl
  50. Sound Control Recording Tab = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLLmmsys.cpl,,1
  51. Sound Control Sounds Tab = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLLmmsys.cpl,,2
  52. Stored Usernames /Passwords = RunDll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr
  53. System Properties = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl
  54. System Properties (Advanced Tab) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,3
  55. System Properties (Hardware Tab) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,2
  56. System Properties (Remote Tab) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,5
  57. System Properties (System Protection Tab) = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,4
  58. System Properties (Advanced) RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,4
  59. System Properties (Automatic Updates) = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,5
  60. Taskbar Properties = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1
  61. Unplug Eject Hardware = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
  62. User Accounts = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL nusrmgr.cpl
  63. Welcome Center = rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter
  64. Windows (About) = RunDll32.exe SHELL32.DLL,ShellAboutW
  65. Windows Firewall = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL firewall.cpl
  66. Windows Firewall = rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL firewall.cpl
  67. Windows Security Center = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL wscui.cpl
  68. Wireless Network Setup = RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL NetSetup.cpl,@0,WNSW
  69. Wireless Networks pop-up = rundll32.exe van.dll,RunVAN

Internet Explorer Advanced Settings

  1. Delete All (Deeper Cleaning Including Add-on Data Deletion) = RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351
  2. Delete All = RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255
  3. Delete Cookies = RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2
  4. Delete Form Data = RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16
  5. Delete History = RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1
  6. Delete Passwords = RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32
  7. Delete Temporary Internet Files = RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8

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