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I'm switching back to Mac after having been a Windows guy for 15 years. Is there a run command equivalent on a Mac? I like launching programs and utilities from the run command. It's especially useful when woking on the computers that I support that might be configured differently than mine. (Some of my favorite run commands include, "control printers", "control netconnections", "winword.exe", "sysdm.cpl", "powercfg.cpl", "regedit", "dsa.msc"...).
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Go to spotlight (magnifying glass at the top right of the screen) and type:

terminal

This will bring up the terminal which is the Mac equivalent of typing CMD at Run.

Is that what you are looking for? Allows you to run command line.
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In the Mac OS it is called the terminal.

Here is a list I have bookmarked that I refer to from time to time.

http://guides.macrumors.com/Terminal
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You can also launch the Terminal app from /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
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You could just use Spotlight in the top right hand corner insead of opening up Terminal.

Spotlight is basically like run and as soon as you start typing will start searching your Mac for what you need to access.

You can configure Spotlight for what it searches for on your mac so you could ask it just to search for programs if that is what you prefer.

Terminal is really for controlling the underpinnings of the UNIX based operating system.
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there is nothing like Run in OS X. Spotlight will help you find and launch the programs quickly.

Terminal is not equivalent to run, it is same kind of thing as DOS in Windows.
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Thanks guys!

strung - Thanks for the top 10 commands. Good Terminal practice.
dan4132 - Thanks for the hint.
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