For most of the tasks I use the keyboard shortcuts. The touchpad comes in to picture only when there is no shortcut for a particular task or I don’t recollect the shortcut. Hence to launch any applications I use Start –> Run dialogue more often than not.
As a DBA while troubleshooting issues, I need to quickly check the IP Address of a computer. The easiest approach is to run the ipconfig command. By practice, I open Start –> Run and execute ipconfig.
If you find this approach too long and would like to save a couple of key depressions, here is the approach that I use. Instead of executing ipconfig or any other command from Run, cmd.exe has a switch named /k. Using this switch, the given command would be executed but the command prompt window does not disappear but it would remain. The new approach to execute ipconfig from Run, would be like the one below.
This might not be a big trick but it is useful while doing certain repeating tasks from the Run dialogue.