Control Panel Applet Executables

As many of you know, I’m a big fan of using the Run prompt (or the Command Prompt) to run programs within Windows. From simple things such as calc.exe (which opens the Windows Calculator) to more in-depth things such as systempropertiesadvanced.exe (which opens the System Properties dialog box directly to the Advanced tab), it’s a quick way to get to what you want, regardless of the version of Windows you are using. Just open the Run prompt by pressing the Windows + R keys on the keyboard – or, if you live in the Command Prompt, just type the appropriate command.

Let’s expand that concept to the Control Panel. Do you ever feel that navigating to the Control Panel in Windows can be a bit cumbersome? Clicking all around. Then thinking about whether the CP is being listed in category mode or icons mode. Plus, there are so many versions of Windows that remembering the various navigations through them can be a bit of a hassle.

So here’s a handy list of Control Panel applet executables you can use in the Run Prompt or the Command Prompt. They work for Windows 8 and 7, and possibly older versions of Windows as well. As of the writing of this post, I don’t support XP or Vista – the former because Microsoft doesn’t support it anymore, and the latter because so few desktops run it. So I stick with 8 and 7, but some commands might work with the other OSes too. I use commands such as these on a daily basis and within my A+ Exam Cram book. Enjoy!

Control Panel Applet Command used to execute the applet
Action Center control wscui.cpl 

control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter

Add Features to Windows 8 control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade
Administrative Tools control admintools
AutoPlay control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay
Backup and Restore control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore
Biometric Devices control /name Microsoft.BiometricDevices
BitLocker Drive Encryption control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Bluetooth Devices control bthprops.cpl
Color Management control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement
Credential Manager control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Date and Time control /name Microsoft.DateAndTime
control timedate.cpl
control date/time
Default Location control /name Microsoft.DefaultLocation
Default Programs control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Desktop Gadgets control /name Microsoft.DesktopGadgets
Device Manager control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager
control hdwwiz.cpl
devmgmt.msc
Devices and Printers control /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters
control printers
Display control /name Microsoft.Display
control desk.cpl
control desktop
Ease of Access Center control /name Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter
control access.cpl
Family Safety control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls
File History control /name Microsoft.FileHistory
Flash Player Settings Manager control flashplayercplapp.cpl
Folder Options control /name Microsoft.FolderOptions
control folders
Fonts control /name Microsoft.Fonts
control fonts
Game Controllers control /name Microsoft.GameControllers
control joy.cpl
Get Programs control /name Microsoft.GetPrograms
Getting Started control /name Microsoft.GettingStarted
Home Group control /name Microsoft.HomeGroup
Indexing Options control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLLsrchadmin.dll
Infrared control /name Microsoft.Infrared
control irprops.cpl
Internet Options control /name Microsoft.InternetOptions
control inetcpl.cpl
iSCSI Initiator control /name Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
Keyboard control /name Microsoft.Keyboard
control keyboard
Language control /name Microsoft.Language
Location and Other Sensors control /name Microsoft.LocationAndOtherSensors
Location Settings control /name Microsoft.LocationSettings
Mail control mlcfg32.cpl
Mouse control /name Microsoft.Mouse
control main.cpl
control mouse
Network and Sharing Center control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
Network Connections control ncpa.cpl
control netconnections
Network Setup Wizard control netsetup.cpl
Notification Area Icons control /name Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons
Offline Files control /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles
Parental Controls control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls
Pen and Touch control /name Microsoft.PenAndTouch
control tabletpc.cpl
People Near Me control /name Microsoft.PeopleNearMe
control collab.cpl
Performance Information and Tools control /name Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools
Personalization control /name Microsoft.Personalization
control desktop
Phone and Modem control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem
control telephon.cpl
Power Options control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions
control powercfg.cpl
Programs and Features control /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
control appwiz.cpl
Recovery control /name Microsoft.Recovery
Region control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage
control intl.cpl
control international
Region and Language control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage
control intl.cpl
control international
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
Scanners and Cameras control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
Screen Resolution control desk.cpl
Sound control /name Microsoft.Sound
control mmsys.cpl
Speech Recognition control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
Storage Spaces control /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces
Sync Center control /name Microsoft.SyncCenter
System control /name Microsoft.System
System Properties control sysdm.cpl
Tablet PC Settings control /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
Task Scheduler control schedtasks
Taskbar control /name Microsoft.Taskbar
Taskbar and Start Menu control /name Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu
Text to Speech control /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech
Troubleshooting control /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting
User Accounts control /name Microsoft.UserAccounts
control userpasswords
Windows 7 File Recovery control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore
Windows Anytime Upgrade control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade
Windows CardSpace control /name Microsoft.CardSpace
control infocardcpl.cpl
Windows Defender control /name Microsoft.WindowsDefender
Windows Firewall control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
control firewall.cpl
Windows Mobility Center control /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter
Windows SideShow control /name Microsoft.WindowsSideShow
Windows Update control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate

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