windows keyboard shortcut cheat sheet

windows keyboard shortcut cheat sheet – Save Time and Productivity



windows keyboard shortcut cheat sheet We all Have busy lives time is money, so here is the official windows keyboard shortcut cheat sheet

if we have to struggle searching for common features of windows such as Networking and sharing Centre to configure our network settings, it takes time by going through the long way to get there.

What I mean by this is, usually you have to click the start button, then click onto control panel, then click onto network and internet, and then you finally reach the network and sharing centre and then from here we have to find the feature we need to configure.  (Gosh! This was an effort just typing this!)

Wouldn’t you like to know the easy way to get there? Today I’d like to share some of the top windows run commands “Shortcuts” to access common windows features such as Network and Sharing Centre. So Here is my list of windows keyboard shortcut cheat sheet.


What is a run command anyway?

A run command is very simple, it’s basically an executable for a particular program or feature in Windows.   IT Professionals use these commands to save their time, when they troubleshoot systems, by knowing what the commands are, you can access a particular program or windows feature more quickly.


How Do I access these windows keyboard shortcut in Windows 7?

To use the windows keyboard shortcut, Click the start icon, or you can click on the start icon on your keyboard, when the start menu appears you will usually notice a little courser that flashes where it says search  programs and files, from here you usually don’t have to do anything, just start to type the command and press enter and it will execute the program.

Another way is to press the windows keyboard shortcut key on your keyboard or press the start button Capture3 + R

windows keyboard shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Here is my windows keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet


ProgramRun Command
Add Hardware WizardHdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove ProgramsAppwiz.cpl
Computer Managementcompmgmtlauncher
Control Panelcontrol
Device ManagerDevmgmt.msc
Display PropertiesDesk.cpl
Event ViewerEventvwr.msc
Internet PropertiesInetcpl.cpl
IP Configuration(Diplay connectionconfiguration)Ipconfig/all
IP Configuration(Display DNS Cache Contents)Ipconfig/display dns
IP Configuration(Delete DNS Cache contents)Ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration(Release all Connections)Ipconfig/release
IP Configuration(Renew all connections)Ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration(Refreshes DHCP & Re-regisers DNS)Ipconfig /registerdns
Malicious software removal toolmrt
Network connectionsNcpa.cpl
Performance MonitoringPerfmon
Power configurationsPowercfg.cpl
Remote Desktopmstsc
Security CenterWscui.cpl
System PropertiesSysdm.cpl
Task Managertaskmgr
Windows ExplorerExplorer
Windows FirewallFirewall.cpl
Windows Media Playerwmplayer
Windows Version (Version of windows installed)winver


Creating your own windows keyboard shortcut


create shortcut

If you find that you use a program very frequently, you can actually make your own windows keyboard shortcuts to start that application.

Steps to Proceed:

  1. Press Win+R to open the Run dialog
  2. Enter %windir% to open the Windows directory
  3. Press Alt+F W S to open the File menu, choose the New menu item, then the Shortcut menu item. Go through the wizard to create a shortcut to the desired program The name you give the shortcut is what you type in the Run dialog to start the program.


Final Thoughts

I hope that I have helped you with these simple windows keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet. 

By using some of these windows keyboard shortcuts, it will be able to help you save your time and increase your productivity.

If you want to know more here is a great article about the control panel (.cpl) files and how it relates to windows keyboard shortcuts, which you may find interesting:

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Anthony Rousek


Technology Enthusiast, blogger and Microsoft Certified Professional

Anthony Rousek
Technology Enthusiast, blogger and Microsoft Certified Professional