I know I have some certificates installed on my Windows 7 machine. How can I see what they are, the nicknames they are known by, and browse detailed information (such as issuer and available usage)?

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In Internet Explorer:

Go to Tools (Alt+X)Internet OptionsContentCertificates.


Using PowerShell:

Get-ChildItem -Recurse Cert:
  • Well what I like about this answer is that I know how to launch a power shell, but where the hell are the internet options? Nov 29, 2011 at 19:05
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    @AdrianRatnapala inetcpl.cpl
    – Iszi
    Dec 19, 2013 at 20:43
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    Shorter version: gci -r cert: . I don't know why Powershell users insist on such long ass camel+hyphen case command names.
    – Salman
    Dec 7, 2014 at 15:13
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    @SalmanPK: As a matter of principle I always give the long versions of the commands in my answers. This isn't Code Golf, it's trying to be helpful. If you want shorter, you should use ls -r cert: anyway.
    – Joey
    Dec 7, 2014 at 16:06

Or run (Start -> Run or just hit WIN+R):

  • Related: Full list of .msc's, including certmgr.msc, certsrv.msc and certtmpl.msc. Jun 28, 2015 at 12:32
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    use certlm.msc to access the list of the Locale Machine
    – Lenor
    Jul 22, 2022 at 11:27

Start mmc via Search files or Command Prompt:

Menu FileAdd/Remove Snap-In...Add...CertificatesAddMy User account and/or Computer accountFinishCloseOK → Browse.

  • good answer, but usage of MMC may be restricted by policy if your computer is managed by an employer or other establishment; I was able to use the answer from @tborychowski Jul 17, 2018 at 9:26

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