Software & Apps > Windows 71 71 people found this article helpful Command Line Commands for Control Panel Applets List of Control Panel Commands in Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP by Tim Fisher VP and General Manager, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has more than 30 years' of professional technology experience. He's been writing about tech for more than two decades and serves as the VP and General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on March 04, 2021 reviewed by Ryan Perian Lifewire Technology Review Board Member Ryan Perian is a certified IT specialist who holds numerous IT certifications and has 12+ years' experience working in the IT industry support and management positions. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 08, 2020 Ryan Perian Tweet Share Email Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Did you know that each Control Panel applet in Windows can be opened by executing a specific command? It's true! You just have to know what that command is. When to Open an Applet From a Command Line Sometimes it's easier, or maybe even in some cases necessary, to open an applet in the Control Panel from a command line in Windows. For example, if you're building a script or software program that needs to open an applet, these little tricks help. More common, however, is a situation where your computer is misbehaving in a certain way that prevents you from navigating around like usual, leaving you with no way to open Control Panel normally, which you likely need to do to solve the issue! Frustrating, we know. Often times, however, these situations still allow the execution of a command. That's where it's very handy to have the list of Control Panel command line tricks shown in the giant table below. Open the Command Prompt Lifewire / Kyle Fewel Start by opening Command Prompt, or even just the Run box (WIN+R keyboard shortcut). Once open, execute, exactly as shown below, the command that corresponds with the Control Panel applet you want to open. It's as easy as that. See our List of Control Panel Applets in Windows for Control Panel applet descriptions and information about changes in applets between the Windows operating systems. How to Open the Control Panel Maybe you don't want to open a specific Control Panel applet from Command Prompt, or the Run box, but instead you want Control Panel itself to open...the Control Panel "home page" so to speak. This is as easy as executing control from a command line in any version of Windows. Don't add anything after it—just control by itself. Control Panel will open just as it does when you do all the clicking or tapping you usually do to open it normally. Control Panel Command Line Commands in Windows CMD Commands for Control Panel Applets Applet Command OS Version Accessibility Options control access.cpl XP Action Center control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter 8, 7 control wscui.cpl 8, 7 Add Features to Windows 8 control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade 8 Add Hardware control /name Microsoft.AddHardware Vista control hdwwiz.cpl XP Add or Remove Programs control appwiz.cpl XP Administrative Tools control /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools 8, 7, Vista control admintools 8, 7, Vista, XP Automatic Updates control wuaucpl.cpl XP AutoPlay control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay 8, 7, Vista Backup and Restore Center control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter Vista Backup and Restore control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore 7 Biometric Devices control /name Microsoft.BiometricDevices 8, 7 BitLocker Drive Encryption control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption 8, 7, Vista Bluetooth Devices control bthprops.cpl13 8, 7, Vista control /name Microsoft.BluetoothDevices Vista Color Management control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement 8, 7, Vista Color1 WinColor.exe2 XP Credential Manager control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager 8, 7 Client Service for NetWare control nwc.cpl XP Date and Time control /name Microsoft.DateAndTime 8, 7, Vista control timedate.cpl 8, 7, Vista control date/time 8, 7, Vista, XP Default Location control /name Microsoft.DefaultLocation 7 Default Programs control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms 8, 7, Vista Desktop Gadgets control /name Microsoft.DesktopGadgets 7 Device Manager control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager 8, 7, Vista control hdwwiz.cpl 8, 7, Vista devmgmt.msc 8, 7, Vista, XP3 Devices and Printers control /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters 8, 7 control printers 8, 7 Display control /name Microsoft.Display 8, 7 control desk.cpl XP control desktop XP Ease of Access Center control /name Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter 8, 7, Vista control access.cpl 8, 7, Vista Family Safety control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls 8 File History control /name Microsoft.FileHistory 8 Folder Options control /name Microsoft.FolderOptions 8, 7, Vista control folders 8, 7, Vista, XP Fonts control /name Microsoft.Fonts 8, 7, Vista control fonts 8, 7, Vista, XP Game Controllers control /name Microsoft.GameControllers 8, 7, Vista control joy.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP Get Programs control /name Microsoft.GetPrograms 8, 7, Vista Getting Started control /name Microsoft.GettingStarted 7 Home Group control /name Microsoft.HomeGroup 8, 7 Indexing Options control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions 8, 7, Vista rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll 8, 7, Vista, XP Infrared control /name Microsoft.Infrared 8, 7 control irprops.cpl 8, 7, Vista control /name Microsoft.InfraredOptions Vista Internet Options control /name Microsoft.InternetOptions 8, 7, Vista control inetcpl.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP iSCSI Initiator control /name Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator 8, 7, Vista Keyboard control /name Microsoft.Keyboard 8, 7, Vista control keyboard 8, 7, Vista, XP Language control /name Microsoft.Language 8 Location and Other Sensors control /name Microsoft.LocationAndOtherSensors 7 Location Settings control /name Microsoft.LocationSettings 8 Mail4 control mlcfg32.cpl5 8, 7, Vista, XP Mouse control /name Microsoft.Mouse 8, 7, Vista control main.cpl 8, 7, Vista control mouse 8, 7, Vista, XP Network and Sharing Center control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter 8, 7, Vista Network Connections control ncpa.cpl 8, 7, Vista control netconnections 8, 7, Vista, XP Network Setup Wizard control netsetup.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP Notification Area Icons control /name Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons 8, 7 ODBC Data Source Administrator control odbccp32.cpl XP6 Offline Files control /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles 8, 7, Vista Parental Controls control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls 7, Vista Pen and Input Devices control /name Microsoft.PenAndInputDevices Vista control tabletpc.cpl Vista Pen and Touch control /name Microsoft.PenAndTouch 8, 7 control tabletpc.cpl 8, 7 People Near Me control /name Microsoft.PeopleNearMe 7, Vista control collab.cpl 7, Vista Performance Information and Tools control /name Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools 8, 7, Vista Personalization control /name Microsoft.Personalization 8, 7, Vista control desktop 8, 7, Vista Phone and Modem Options control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModemOptions Vista control telephon.cpl Vista, XP Phone and Modem control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem 8, 7 control telephon.cpl 8, 7 Power Options control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions 8, 7, Vista control powercfg.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP Printers and Faxes control printers XP Printers control /name Microsoft.Printers Vista control printers Vista Problem Reports and Solutions control /name Microsoft.ProblemReportsAndSolutions Vista Programs and Features control /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures 8, 7, Vista control appwiz.cpl 8, 7, Vista Recovery control /name Microsoft.Recovery 8, 7 Region control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage 8 control intl.cpl 8 control international 8 Region and Language control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage 7 control intl.cpl 7 control international 7 Regional and Language Options control /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions Vista control intl.cpl Vista control international Vista, XP RemoteApp and Desktop Connections control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections 8, 7 Scanners and Cameras control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras 8, 7, Vista control sticpl.cpl XP Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks XP7 Screen Resolution control desk.cpl 8, 7 Security Center control /name Microsoft.SecurityCenter Vista control wscui.cpl XP Software Explorers8 msascui.exe9 XP Sound control /name Microsoft.Sound 8, 7 control /name Microsoft.AudioDevicesAndSoundThemes Vista control mmsys.cpl 8, 7, Vista Sounds and Audio Devices control mmsys.cpl XP Speech Recognition Options control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognitionOptions Vista Speech Recognition control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition 8, 7 Speech control sapi.cpl10 XP Storage Spaces control /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces 8 Sync Center control /name Microsoft.SyncCenter 8, 7, Vista System control /name Microsoft.System 8, 7, Vista control sysdm.cpl XP System Properties control sysdm.cpl 8, 7, Vista Tablet PC Settings control /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings 8, 7, Vista Task Scheduler7 control schedtasks 8, 7, Vista Taskbar control /name Microsoft.Taskbar 8 rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1 8 Taskbar and Start Menu control /name Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu 7, Vista rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1 7, Vista, XP Text to Speech control /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech 8, 7, Vista Troubleshooting control /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting 8, 7 User Accounts control /name Microsoft.UserAccounts 8, 7, Vista control userpasswords 8, 7, Vista, XP Welcome Center control /name Microsoft.WelcomeCenter Vista Windows 7 File Recovery control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore 8 Windows Anytime Upgrade control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade 7, Vista Windows CardSpace control /name Microsoft.CardSpace 7, Vista control infocardcpl.cpl 7, Vista Windows Defender control /name Microsoft.WindowsDefender 8, 7, Vista11 Windows Firewall control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall 8, 7, Vista control firewall.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP Windows Marketplace control /name Microsoft.GetProgramsOnline Vista Windows Mobility Center control /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter 8, 7, Vista Windows Sidebar Properties control /name Microsoft.WindowsSidebarProperties Vista Windows SideShow control /name Microsoft.WindowsSideShow 8,7, Vista Windows Update control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate 8, 7, Vista12 Wireless Link control irprops.cpl XP  Color isn't available by default but is available for free from Microsoft. You can grab a copy from MajorGeeks.  WinColor.exe must be run from the C:\Program Files\Pro Imaging Powertoys\Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet for Windows XP folder.  I've listed Device Manager here because it's such a commonly used feature of Windows but please know that it is not a true Control Panel applet in Windows XP. See How to Open Windows XP Device Manager for more information.  The Mail applet is only available if a version of Microsoft Office Outlook is installed.  The control mlcfg32.cpl command must be run from the C:\Programs Files\Microsoft Office\OfficeXX folder, replacing OfficeXX with the folder pertaining to the Microsoft Office version you have installed.  ODBC Data Source Administrator was removed from Control Panel after Windows XP but is still available from Administrative Tools.  In Windows 8, 7, and Vista, task scheduling is performed by Task Scheduler which is not directly accessible from Control Panel. However, executing this command in those versions of Windows will forward to Task Scheduler.  Software Explorers is the name for the Control Panel applet for Windows Defender, available for free here as part of Microsoft Security Essentials.  Msascui.exe must be run from the C:\Program Files\Windows Defender folder.  The control sapi.cpl command must be run from the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Speech folder.  Windows Defender is available in Windows XP but the Control Panel applet is instead called Software Explorers.  Windows Update is also used in Windows XP but only via the Windows Update website, not via a Control Panel applet like in later versions of Windows.  In Windows 8, bthprops.cpl opens Devices in PC Settings which will list any Bluetooth Devices. In Windows 7, bthprops.cpl opens the Bluetooth Devices list under Devices and Printers. In Windows Vista, bthprops.cpl opens a true Control Panel applet called Bluetooth Devices. Was this page helpful? 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