Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

I use these shortcuts to speed up daily tasks. If you’re manually clicking on on START > RUN, I highly recommend you start using the Windows + R key to launch the Run… window and then type in these shortcuts.

Updated June 17, 2019: Windows 10 (19H1) now has a pop-up Emoji keyboard you can take advantage of using Win+(period) or Win+(semicolon).

Windows OS

appwiz.cpl – Add/Remove Programs
control – Control Panel
control printers – Launch Printers
control schedtasks – Launch Task Scheduler (alternative: taskschd.msc)
desk.cpl – Display Properties (screen resolution)
diskmgmt.msc – Disk Management
devmgmt.msc – Device Manager (alternative: HdwWiz.cpl)
firewall.cpl – Windows Firewall
inetcpl.cpl – Internet properties
intl.cpl – Regional Settings properties
main.cpl – Mouse properties
ncpa.cpl – Network Connections / Network Adapter Settings
sysdm.cpl – System properties and Add New Hardware wizard
TimeDate.cpl – Date/Time properties
wf.msc – Windows Firewall Advanced Setting
winver – Show Windows Version (About Windows)
wuapp – Windows Update

Ctrl + Alt + Esc – Task Manager
Ctrl + Alt + End – Sends Ctrl+Alt+Del command to an RDP session or VM (Windows and Hyper-V)
Ctrl + Alt + Insert – Sends Ctrl+Alt+Del command to a VM (VMware)

Win+Pause/Break – System (Computer > Properties)
Win+(period) – Launch Emoji keyboard

Windows Server

control admintools – Launch Administrative Tools
certsrv.msc – Certificate Authority
dnsmgmt.msc – DNS Manager
domain.msc – Active Directory Domains and Trusts
dsa.msc – Active Directory Users and Computers (a.k.a. Directory Services Administration)
inetsrv – Opens System32\inetsrv folder (opens IIS install folder)
inetmgr.exe – Launch IIS MAnager
virtmgmt.msc – Hyper-V Manager

SCCM / ConfigMgr

control smscfgrc – Launch Configuration Manager client (reminder: sms+configure+client = sms+cfgr+c)
wuapp – Windows Update (only works up to Server 2012 R2)

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