Monday, May 10, 2010

Create custom Windows Run Commands with Run Manager

There are hundreds of Run commands for Windows – some of them are very popular and are frequently used and seen in articles like the regedit command or msconfig command. Some others, while not so popular, bring handy file browsing capabilities to Windows. Together with the new Vista/7 Start Menu, the Run tool provides an excellent user experience for keyboard junkies.

There is but one problem: some Run commands are too long and difficult to remember. For instance look at some of the run commands for some Control Panel applets.

Accessibility Controls  -   access.cpl
Add/Remove Programs  -   appwiz.cpl
Computer Management  -  compmgmt.msc
Device Manager -   devmgmt.msc
Disk Management -   diskmgmt.msc

Too long and just too many to memorize. So here is how you can avoid memorizing these commands or avoid navigating the Start Menu by creating your own custom shortcuts.

Run Manager is a software that allows you to create custom Windows Run commands and thereby use the Run tool as a quick application launcher. Run Manager does not use any system resources and it doesn’t require to be running all the time. Run Manager is used only for configuration purpose. Rest of the work is done by built in Windows tools.

After you have installed and launched the program, click on the New button to create a new command. Since I use the Add/Remove program quite often to clean up my system of software installed for testing, I will create a new shortcut or run command for it.

I choose two-character ‘ar’, and point it to the appropriate program by selecting it on my Windows folder.

run-manager

After I’ve saved the command I can go to the Run box and type ar instead of appwiz.cpl and ziing the Add/Remove program pops open.

run-ar

Similarly, you can use Run Manager to create your own commands for any application you like – ff for Firefox, tb for Thunderbird, wp for Winamp, etc. The program allows you to edit any command you created previously and export the list as an XML file.

Related: Add custom commands to Windows Explorer with StExBar

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