Windows Keyboard Command Line Tools

Windows keyboard command line tools and  shortcuts are probably the easiest way to get things done quickly.If you’re at the keyboard often enough you become cynical and somewhat lazy about typing. Or maybe you are just the type always looking for the easy way to do things. I myself avoid taking my hand off the keyboard as often as is possible. Thus the reason for this list of short cuts. This list will be strictly Windows orientated, I’ll do a less Microsoft listing on another page but for now these will help you cut trim the amount of time you spend on your administrative tasks.

The following list has been collected from all over the web and from different resources gather during my career:



ADDUSERS Add or list users to/from a CSV file
ARP Address Resolution Protocol
ASSOC Change file extension associations•
ASSOCIAT One step file association
ATTRIB Change file attributes


BCDBOOT Create or repair a system partition
BOOTCFG Edit Windows boot settings
BROWSTAT Get domain, browser and PDC info


CACLS Change file permissions
CALL Call one batch program from another•
CD Change Directory – move to a specific Folder•
CHANGE Change Terminal Server Session properties
CHKDSK Check Disk – check and repair disk problems
CHKNTFS Check the NTFS file system
CHOICE Accept keyboard input to a batch file
CIPHER Encrypt or Decrypt files/folders
CleanMgr Automated cleanup of Temp files, recycle bin
CLEARMEM Clear memory leaks
CLIP Copy STDIN to the Windows clipboard.
CLS Clear the screen•
CLUSTER Windows Clustering
CMD Start a new CMD shell
CMDKEY Manage stored usernames/passwords
COLOR Change colors of the CMD window•
COMP Compare the contents of two files or sets of files
COMPACT Compress files or folders on an NTFS partition
COMPRESS Compress individual files on an NTFS partition
CON2PRT Connect or disconnect a Printer
CONVERT Convert a FAT drive to NTFS.
COPY Copy one or more files to another location•
CSCcmd Client-side caching (Offline Files)
CSVDE Import or Export Active Directory data



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