Open Control Panel Applets Directly in Windows 10

In every release of Windows 10, more and more classic options of the Control Panel are being converted to a modern page in the Settings app. At some point, Microsoft will remove the classic Control Panel completely. The classic Control Panel still comes with a number of options and tools which are not available in Settings.

Control Panel has a familiar user interface which many users prefer over the Settings app. You can use Administrative tools, manage user accounts on the computer in a flexible way, maintain data backups, change the functionality of hardware and do many other things. You can pin Control Panel applets to the taskbar to access frequently used settings faster. Alternatively, you can use special commands to launch Control Panel applets directly.

Starting with Windows 95, it was possible to open various Control Panel applets by entering their file names in the Run dialog (Win + R). For example, if you type timedate.cpl in the Run dialog, it will open the Date and Time applet. This trick works even in Windows 10:

Control Panel Applet Run Directly

Then in Windows Vista, Microsoft added the ability to open different pages of the modern Control Panel pages. The control.exe file, which is the main executable file of the Control Panel, supports two special options, /NAME and /PAGE. If you understand Russian, I have covered them in detail on Winreview which was my Russian site before the English Winaero was born.

The /NAME option opens an applet or a wizard directly. For example, the following command will open Windows Firewall directly:

control.exe /NAME Microsoft.WindowsFirewall

Open Firewall Command

The /PAGE option will allow you to open a specific step of the wizard or a subpage of the main option. For example, this command will open the Edit Plan Settings subpage of the Power Options applet:

control.exe /NAME Microsoft.PowerOptions /PAGE pagePlanSettings

Open Powerplan Options Command

Open Control Panel Applets Directly in Windows 10

Today, I would like to share a list of commands you can use to open the desired Control Panel applet. It is a nice addition to the following articles:

Here we go.

To open Control Panel applets directly in Windows 10, use the following list of commands:

Control Panel Applet Command(s)
Administrative Tools control.exe /NAME Microsoft.AdministrativeTools
OR
control.exe admintools
AutoPlay control.exe /NAME Microsoft.AutoPlay
Backup and Restore (Windows 7) control.exe /NAME Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter
BitLocker Drive Encryption control.exe /NAME Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Color and Appearance explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageColorization
Color Management control.exe /NAME Microsoft.ColorManagement
Credential Manager control.exe /NAME Microsoft.CredentialManager
Date and Time (Date and Time) control.exe /NAME Microsoft.DateAndTime
OR
timedate.cpl
OR
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,0
Default Programs control.exe /NAME Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Desktop Background explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper
Device Manager control.exe /NAME Microsoft.DeviceManager
OR
hdwwiz.cpl
OR
devmgmt.msc
Devices and Printers control.exe /NAME Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters
OR
control.exe printers
Ease of Access Center control.exe /NAME Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter
OR
access.cpl
File Explorer Options (General tab) control.exe /NAME Microsoft.FolderOptions
OR
folders
OR
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 0
File History control.exe /NAME Microsoft.FileHistory
Fonts control.exe /NAME Microsoft.Fonts
OR
control.exe fonts
Game Controllers control.exe /NAME Microsoft.GameControllers
OR
joy.cpl
Get Programs control.exe /NAME Microsoft.GetPrograms
OR
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,1
HomeGroup control.exe /NAME Microsoft.HomeGroup
Indexing Options control.exe /NAME Microsoft.IndexingOptions
OR
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll
Infrared control.exe /NAME Microsoft.Infrared
OR
irprops.cpl
OR
control.exe /NAME Microsoft.InfraredOptions
Internet Properties (General tab) control.exe /NAME Microsoft.InternetOptions
OR
inetcpl.cpl
OR
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,0
iSCSI Initiator control.exe /NAME Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
Keyboard control.exe /NAME Microsoft.Keyboard
OR
keyboard
Language control.exe /NAME Microsoft.Language
Mouse Properties (Buttons tab 0) control.exe /NAME Microsoft.Mouse
OR
main.cpl
OR
control mouse
OR
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,0
Network and Sharing Center control.exe /NAME Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
Offline Files control.exe /NAME Microsoft.OfflineFiles
Network Connections ncpa.cpl
OR
control netconnections
Network Setup Wizard netsetup.cpl
Notification Area Icons explorer shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
ODBC Data Source Administrator odbccp32.cpl
Personalization explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Phone and Modem control.exe /NAME Microsoft.PhoneAndModem
OR
telephon.cpl
Power Options control.exe /NAME Microsoft.PowerOptions
OR
powercfg.cpl
Power Options -> Advanced settings powercfg.cpl,,1
Power Options -> Create a Power Plan control.exe /NAME Microsoft.PowerOptions /PAGE pageCreateNewPlan
Power Options -> Edit Plan Settings control.exe /NAME Microsoft.PowerOptions /PAGE pagePlanSettings
Power Options -> System Settings control.exe /NAME Microsoft.PowerOptions /PAGE pageGlobalSettings
Programs and Features control.exe /NAME Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
OR
appwiz.cpl
Recovery control.exe /NAME Microsoft.Recovery
Region (Formats tab) control.exe /NAME Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage
OR
control.exe /NAME Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions /PAGE /p:"Formats"
OR
intl.cpl
OR
control.exe international
Region (Location tab) control.exe /NAME Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions /PAGE /p:"Location"
Region (Administrative tab) control.exe /NAME Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions /PAGE /p:"Administrative"
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections control.exe /NAME Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
Scanners and Cameras control.exe /NAME Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
OR
sticpl.cpl
Security and Maintenance control.exe /NAME Microsoft.ActionCenter
OR
wscui.cpl
Set Associations control.exe /NAME Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /PAGE pageFileAssoc
Set Default Programs control.exe /NAME Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /PAGE pageDefaultProgram
Sound (Playback tab) control.exe /NAME Microsoft.Sound
OR
mmsys.cpl
OR
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
Speech Recognition control.exe /NAME Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
Storage Spaces control.exe /NAME Microsoft.StorageSpaces
Sync Center control.exe /NAME Microsoft.SyncCenter
System control.exe /NAME Microsoft.System
OR
sysdm.cpl
System Icons explorer shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9} \SystemIcons,,0
Troubleshooting control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting
Tablet PC Settings control.exe /NAME Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
Text to Speech control.exe /NAME Microsoft.TextToSpeech
User Accounts control.exe /NAME Microsoft.UserAccounts
OR
control.exe userpasswords
User Accounts (netplwiz) netplwiz
OR
control.exe userpasswords2
Windows Defender Firewall control.exe /NAME Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
OR
firewall.cpl
Windows Mobility Center control.exe /NAME Microsoft.MobilityCenter

Applets with Standalone Executable Files

Add a Device wizard DevicePairingWizard.exe
Add Hardware wizard hdwwiz.exe
Windows To Go pwcreator.exe
Work Folders WorkFolders.exe
Performance Options (Visual Effects) SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
Performance Options (Data Execution Prevention) SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention.exe
Presentation Settings PresentationSettings.exe
System Properties (Computer Name) SystemPropertiesComputerName.exe
System Properties (Hardware) SystemPropertiesHardware.exe
System Properties (Advanced) SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe
System Properties (System Protection) SystemPropertiesProtection.exe
System Properties (Remote) SystemPropertiesRemote.exe
Windows Features OptionalFeatures.exe
OR
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,2

Applets accessible with RunDLL32 Only

Add a Printer wizard rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL AddPrinter
Additional Clocks rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
Date and Time (Additional Clocks) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
Desktop Icon Settings rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
File Explorer Options (View tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 7
File Explorer Options (Search tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 2
Internet Properties (Security tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,1
Internet Properties (Privacy tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,2
Internet Properties (Content tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,3
Internet Properties (Connections tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,4
Internet Properties (Programs tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,5
Internet Properties (Advanced tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,6
Mouse Properties (Pointers tab 1) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,1
Mouse Properties (Pointer Options tab 2) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,2
Mouse Properties (Wheel tab 3) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,3
Mouse Properties (Hardware tab 4) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,4
Screen Saver Settings rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,3
Sound (Recording tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1
Sound (Sounds tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,2
Sound (Communications tab) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,3

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