The following master list lets you launch control panel applets from the command line, run box, or Start Menu search on Windows PCs.
The Windows Control Panel is an administrative interface that is part of all recent versions of Windows. It enables you to customize and manage different parts of the operating system, for instance devices, software, sound, the firewall, or user accounts.
Microsoft began its move away from the Control Panel in Windows 8 when it introduced a new administrative hub called PC Settings. It continued down that path with the release of Windows 10 and the operating system's Settings application.
Windows users have plenty of options to open the Control Panel, but they are usually less obvious on newer versions of Windows.
What has not changed is the ability to open Control Panel applets directly on Windows (though some applets may have been removed).
|Control Panel applet||File Name||What it does|
|Add or Remove Programs||appwiz.cpl||This opens the Uninstall a Program applet. May be used to uninstall installed programs, or add or remove features from Windows|
|Date and Time||timedate.cpl||Opens the Date and Time applet. Allows you to set date and time, change time zone, add additional clocks, and sync Internet time.|
|Device Manager||hdwwiz.cpl||The Device Manager lists all installed hardware. May be used to install and remove devices, install drivers, and more|
|Display||desk.cpl||Display provides you with options to set display related settings such as the color profile or scaling. Loads the Settings app on Windows 10.|
|Firewall||firewall.cpl||Opens the Windows Firewall. Turn it on or off, and open the advanced settings to block or allow connections.|
|Infrared||irprops.cpl||Lets you manage infrared devices.|
|Internet Options||inetcpl.cpl||Opens the classic Internet Options window. Manage Internet settings that Internet Explorer and other browsers may use.|
|Controllers||joy.cpl||Manage game controllers connnected to the operating system|
|Keyboard||main.cpl keyboard||Change keyboard repeat delay and rate, cursor blink rate, and check installed keyboard hardware.|
|Language||control input.dll||Opens the Language control panel applet. Add, remove or change the priority of languages.|
|Mouse||main.cpl||The mouse controls enable you to change mouse icons, button behavior, wheel scrolling, and more.|
|Network||netcpl.cpl||Opens the Network and Sharing Center. May use it to add a new network, set up connections, and manage existing networks|
|Network Connections||ncpa.cpl||Lists all known network connections and their status.|
|Power||powercfg.cpl||Opens the Power Options. Set a power plan, and customize it.|
|Region||intl.cpl||The Region control panel applets lets you change date and time formats, and your location|
|Screensaver||control desk.cpl,screensaver,@screensaver||Opens the Screensaver dialog to enable, disable and configure screensavers.|
|Sound||mmsys.cpl||The Sound properties lists all playback and recording devices, options to configure those, and manage sounds and communications.|
|System Properties||sysdm.cpl||System properties lists information about the device and Windows, and links to other control panel areas.|
|Tablet PC||tabletpc.cpl||Only available if you run in tablet PC mode.|
|Location Information||telephon.cpl||Set your country, area code, carrier code and dial number for telephony and modem services.|
|Security and Maintenance||wscui.cpl||Manage Security and Maintenance related features|
|User Accounts||control userpasswords||Opens the list of user accounts on the system.|
The command control /name Canonical Name enables you to run additional Control Panel applets for which no .cpl file are available.
Note that some are limited to certain editions or versions of Windows.
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