File Explorer is a much powerful tool in Windows 10. Microsoft has been continuously generous to keep improving this tool and enhancing its feature set. With Windows 10, its productivity has been boosted even more by blending it with other system components. One of the useful but lesser known feature of File Explorer is the ability to open various system components and run commands just like the Run(Windows Key+R) tool. In this guide, we will be walking you through on how to open System Components using File Explorer in Windows 10.
Open System Components using File Explorer
1. Open File Explorer by pressing Windows Key + E on your keyboard. This will open up This PC window or Quick Access Portal as per your settings.
2. Now, click inside the address bar where you need to write the command. Considering a scenario to open Task Manager using File Explorer, enter taskmgr in the address bar and hit Enter.
3. Right after hitting Enter key, you will notice that taskmgr written in address bar has been replaced with C:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe which is the absolute path of executable file of Task Manager. Within moments, Task Manager window will pop up right on your screen.
That’s all you need to do to open system components using File Explorer window. Below is the list of other useful commands to open several system tools:
- calc– To open the Calculator app
- cleanmgr– Launches the Disk Cleanup Utility
- cmd– To launch Command Prompt
- control– To open Control Panel
- devmgmt.msc– Launches the Device Manager Utility
- dxdiag– To open the DirectX Diagnostic tool
- explorer– To launch File Explorer in another window
- iexplorer– To open Microsoft Edge browser
- magnify– Launches the Magnifier tool
- mip– To open the Math Input Panel
- msinfo32– Opens the System Information for the current PC
- mstscs– To open Remote Desktop Connection Wizard
- narrator– Launches the Narrator tool
- notepad– Opens the Notepad Window
- osk– launches the On-Screen Keyboard tool
- paint– Opens Paint for editing pictures
- powershell– To Launch PowerShell Prompt
- regedit– To open Registry Editor
- snippingtool– To open Snipping Tool
- taskmgr– Opens the Task Manager window.
- stikynot– To open Sticky Notes
- winver– To open the About Windows info
- write– To open Wordpad
Try any of the above command in File Explorer address bar and see this unusual feature in action. Do let us know if any of these command does not work for you in the comments section below.