We all know how to open control panel items using control panel. Many of us probably did not know that there are commands to open it automatically. For users it would mean saving few clicks, for developers it would be less line of code to do a task. For people interested in automating windows using scripting it is very useful.

In windows vista and above control panel items can be accessed using canonical names as discussed here. Though not all seems to follow this rule. In this post we are listing the commands used to do this.


Control Panel Items Commands to open
Accessibility Options control access.cpl
Action Center control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter
control wscui.cpl
Add Features to Windows 8 control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade
Add Hardware control /name Microsoft.AddHardware
control hdwwiz.cpl
Add or Remove Programs control appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools
control admintools
Automatic Updates control wuaucpl.cpl
AutoPlay control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay
Backup and Restore Center control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter
Backup and Restore control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore
Biometric Devices control /name Microsoft.BiometricDevices
BitLocker Drive Encryption control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Bluetooth Devices control bthprops.cpl13
control /name Microsoft.BluetoothDevices
Color Management control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement
Color1 WinColor.exe2
Credential Manager control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Client Service for NetWare control nwc.cpl
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
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_RunDLL srchadmin.dll
Infrared control /name Microsoft.Infrared
control irprops.cpl
control /name Microsoft.InfraredOptions
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
Mail4 control mlcfg32.cpl5
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
ODBC Data Source Administrator control odbccp32.cpl
Offline Files control /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles
Parental Controls control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls
Pen and Input Devices control /name Microsoft.PenAndInputDevices
control tabletpc.cpl
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 Options control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModemOptions
control telephon.cpl
Phone and Modem control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem
control telephon.cpl
Power Options control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions
control powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes control printers
Printers control /name Microsoft.Printers
control printers
Problem Reports and Solutions control /name Microsoft.ProblemReportsAndSolutions
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
Regional and Language Options control /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions
control intl.cpl
control international
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
Scanners and Cameras control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
control sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
Screen Resolution control desk.cpl
Security Center control /name Microsoft.SecurityCenter
control wscui.cpl
Software Explorers8 msascui.exe9
Sound control /name Microsoft.Sound
control /name Microsoft.AudioDevicesAndSoundThemes
control mmsys.cpl
Sounds and Audio Devices control mmsys.cpl
Speech Recognition Options control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognitionOptions
Speech Recognition control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
Speech control sapi.cpl10
Storage Spaces control /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces
Sync Center control /name Microsoft.SyncCenter
System control /name Microsoft.System
control sysdm.cpl
System Properties control sysdm.cpl
Tablet PC Settings control /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
Task Scheduler7 control schedtasks
Taskbar control /name Microsoft.Taskbar
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1
Taskbar and Start Menu control /name Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1
Text to Speech control /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech
Troubleshooting control /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting
User Accounts control /name Microsoft.UserAccounts
control userpasswords
Welcome Center control /name Microsoft.WelcomeCenter
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 Marketplace control /name Microsoft.GetProgramsOnline
Windows Mobility Center control /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter
Windows Sidebar Properties control /name Microsoft.WindowsSidebarProperties
Windows SideShow control /name Microsoft.WindowsSideShow
Windows Update control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate
Wireless Link control irprops.cpl

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