The Windows 10 Run box is a gold mine of secret commands that many people don’t take full advantage of. Whilst the Run box is usually a quick method to open up programs, it can be a way to find quick access to Windows features and access unique commands.
Here is an overview of some of the best Windows 10 Run commands that everybody should know about.
How to Open the Run Box on Windows 10
To use any of the run commands in this article, you’ll need to make use of the run box. You can open the run box in Windows 10 by pressing the Windows Key + R. This will immediately open the Run box.
You can also click to open the Start menu, type Run and then click on the run desktop app shortcut that appears in the search results. The first option is far faster, however.
Once you open the run box, you can follow all of the suggestions below for useful run commands. To make it easier, I have surrounded all of the commands in quotes – make sure to remove these before trying the commands yourself.
Run Shutdown Timer
If you want to start a countdown to shut your computer down, open the run box and type ‘run -s -t xxx’. Replace the x’s with any number. This number will represent how many seconds you’d like the timer to run for before your computer shuts down.
For example, 3600 seconds would be one hour, and 600 seconds would be 10 minutes. You can also replace the ‘-s’ in this command with a ‘-r’ to set a restart timer.
Open the C Drive
Want to quickly access your C Drive to find files and folders? Simply open the Run Box and type ‘\’ and then press enter. A new Windows Explorer tab will open with the contents of your C Drive.
Open the ‘User’ Folder
Another similar command to the C Drive option above involves entering ‘..’ in the Run box. Doing this will take you to the user folder on your Windows 10 PC. From here, you can quickly access specific User files.
Access Windows Services Quickly
If you’d like to quickly access all of the Windows services running on your PC and make any changes, simply open the run box and type ‘services.msc’ then press Enter.
Turn Windows Features On/Off Quickly
If, for any reason, you need to turn on or off Windows features or components, you can quickly access this by typing ‘optionalfeatures’ in the Run box and then pressing enter.
Instantly Perform a Search via Your Browser
Want to quickly search something on Google without going through the hassle of opening your browser? You can do this by opening the Run Box and typing chrome “? SEARCH”. Just replace the word SEARCH with the phrase you’d like to search for in Google.
Press enter and you will instantly be taken to the Google search results. Don’t use Chrome? No problem, replace ‘chrome’ with your browser name.
For Microsoft Edge, use ‘microsoft-edge:’, for firefox, use ‘firefox’. For Internet Explorer, use ‘iexplore’.