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Thread: Access Control panel Applet via command line

  1. #1
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    Feb 2009

    smile Access Control panel Applet via command line

    We can use Control Panel tools either by navigating to Control Panel or via using command line. It's an useful way from an administrator's point of view.

    All control panel tools are named with .cpl extension as *.cpl and all the .cpl files are strored in %systemroot%\system32 folder. We have to use the names of control panel tools by which they are present in this folder.
    Here are list of .cpl files:-

    Control Panel Applet CPL File

    Accessibility Wizard Access.cpl

    Add/Remove Programs Appwiz.cpl

    Display Desk.cpl

    Internet Settings Inetcpl.cpl

    Regional,Language Options Intl.cpl

    Gaming Options Joy.cpl

    Mouse Main.cpl

    Sounds & Audio Options Mmsys.cpl

    Network Connections Ncpa.cpl

    Administrative Tools\Data Sources (ODBC) Odbc32.cpl

    Power Options Powercfg.cpl

    System Sysdm.cpl

    Phone & Modem Options Telephon.cpl

    Date & Time Timedate.cpl

    Run Control Panel applets from the command line by just typing:-
    control <applet name>

    1. srvmgr.cpl - use services, devices or server

    2. main.cpl - Fonts, Mouse, Printers or Keyboard

    3. mmsys.cpl - Sounds or Multimedia

    There are some instances when the .cpl file represents more than one control panel applet when you need to pass a parameter of which applet to run.

    For an Example: "control main.cpl printers" will run the printer control panel applet.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2009

    Re: Access Control panel Applet via command line

    I love the Command Prompt. As a power user, itís the fastest way to access just about everything you need to do on your Windows system and the Control Panel is a perfect example of this! Most of the Control Panel applets are actually files with a .CPL extension, and those that are, would be located in the %systemroot%\system32 folder.

    You can access these applets by hitting the Windows Key+R and typing Control and the app that you want. Example:
    control hdwwiz.cpl

    Here is some more . cpl list which you can use:-

    you can print out and paste on the wall beside your workstation until you've memoried the ones you use most commonly:

    Accessibility Options

    Add/Remove Programs

    Add Hardware Wizard

    Automatic Updates

    Bluetooth Properties

    Display Properties

    Firewall Properties

    Game Controllers

    Internet Options

    iSCSI Initiator

    Java Control Panel

    Licensing Mode

    Mouse Properties

    Network Connections

    Network Setup Wizard

    ODBC Properties

    Power Options

    Regional and Language Options

    Sound and Audio Devices

    Stored Passwords

    System Properties

    Telephone and Modem Properties

    Time and Date Settings

    User Accounts nusrmgr.cpl

    Windows Security Center

    Wireless Link

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    Re: Access Control panel Applet via command line

    Easier Shortcuts Using Control.exe

    Trying to open control panel applets with commands containing the complexity of index parameters discussed in the previous section may seem rather daunting to some PC users. Fortunately, there are some alternate commands using plain names that can also be used. These do not seem to be as well-known but are discussed in Microsoft's MSDN library. Fewer possibilities are available than with the previously discussed methods but there are some new commands as well. Three that work in Start-Run are given below:-

    Command Function
    control date/time Launches the Date and Time Properties window

    control desktop Launches the Display Properties window

    control color Launches the Display Properties window with the Appearance tab preselected

    There are also a number of other quick ways to get to some of the Control Panel components. Here is a short list of some.
    1. Using the Windows key + the Break key will open the System Properties dialog box.

    2. Enter devmgmt.msc into Start-Run to open Device Manager

    3. Enter fonts into Start-Run to open the Fonts folder

    4. Enter main.cpl into Start-Run to open Mouse properties

    5. Enter desk.cpl into Start-Run to open Display properties

    6. Enter control userpasswords2 into Start-Run to manage User Accounts

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