List of Commands to Open Control Panel Items in Windows 10  

    List of Commands to Open Control Panel Items in Windows 10

    List of Commands to Open Control Panel Items in Windows 10

    How to Create Shortcuts to Open Control Panel Items in Windows 10
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    11 Apr 2020
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    How to Create Shortcuts to Open Control Panel Items in Windows 10

    In Windows 10, there are a few different ways to find and change your settings: Settings app, Control Panel, app settings, and search. Most of the settings that you'll want to change can be found in the Settings app.

    The Control Panel allows you to view and change settings (controls) for Windows via applets.

    Settings is a modern touch friendly version of the Control Panel that will eventually replace the Control Panel in Windows 10.

    This tutorial will provide a list of commands to open or create shortcuts to Control Panel items in Windows 10.

    Here's How:

    1 Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Shortcut.

    2 Copy the command you want from the table below as the "location", and click/tap on Next.

    3 Type a name you want for this shortcut, and click/tap on Finish.

    3 If you like, you can Pin to Start, Pin to taskbar, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    Control Panel Item Commands
    Add a Device wizard %windir%\System32\DevicePairingWizard.exe
    Add Hardware wizard %windir%\System32\hdwwiz.exe
    Add a Printer wizard rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL AddPrinter
    Additional Clocks rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
    Administrative Tools control /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools

    control admintools
    AutoPlay control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay
    Backup and Restore (Windows 7) control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter
    BitLocker Drive Encryption control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
    Color and Appearance explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageColorization
    Color Management control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement
    Credential Manager control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
    Date and Time (Date and Time) control /name Microsoft.DateAndTime

    control timedate.cpl

    control date/time

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,0
    Date and Time (Additional Clocks) rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
    Default Programs control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
    Desktop Background explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper
    Desktop Icon Settings rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
    Device Manager control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager

    control hdwwiz.cpl

    Devices and Printers control /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters

    control printers
    Ease of Access Center control /name Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter

    control access.cpl
    File Explorer Options (General tab) control /name Microsoft.FolderOptions

    control folders

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 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
    File History control /name Microsoft.FileHistory
    Fonts control /name Microsoft.Fonts

    control fonts
    Game Controllers control /name Microsoft.GameControllers

    control joy.cpl
    Get Programs control /name Microsoft.GetPrograms

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,1
    HomeGroup 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 Properties (General tab) control /name Microsoft.InternetOptions

    control inetcpl.cpl

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,0
    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
    iSCSI Initiator control /name Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
    Keyboard control /name Microsoft.Keyboard

    control keyboard
    Language control /name Microsoft.Language
    Mouse Properties (Buttons tab 0) control /name Microsoft.Mouse

    control main.cpl

    control mouse

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,0
    Mouse Properties (Pointers tab 1) control main.cpl,,1

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,1
    Mouse Properties (Pointer Options tab 2) control main.cpl,,2

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,2
    Mouse Properties (Wheel tab 3) control main.cpl,,3

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,3
    Mouse Properties (Hardware tab 4) control main.cpl,,4

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,4
    Network and Sharing Center control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
    Network Connections control ncpa.cpl

    control netconnections
    Network Setup Wizard control netsetup.cpl
    Notification Area Icons explorer shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
    ODBC Data Source Administrator control odbccp32.cpl
    Offline Files control /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles
    Performance Options (Visual Effects) %windir%\system32\SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
    Performance Options (Data Execution Prevention) %windir%\system32\SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention.exe
    Personalization explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
    Phone and Modem control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem

    control telephon.cpl
    Power Options control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions

    control powercfg.cpl
    Power Options - Advanced settings control powercfg.cpl,,1
    Power Options - Create a Power Plan control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageCreateNewPlan
    Power Options - Edit Plan Settings control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pagePlanSettings
    Power Options - System Settings control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageGlobalSettings
    Presentation Settings %windir%\system32\PresentationSettings.exe
    Programs and Features control /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures

    control appwiz.cpl
    Recovery control /name Microsoft.Recovery
    Region (Formats tab) control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage

    control /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions /page /p:"Formats"

    control intl.cpl

    control international
    Region (Location tab) control /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions /page /p:"Location"
    Region (Administrative tab) control /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions /page /p:"Administrative"
    RemoteApp and Desktop Connections control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
    Scanners and Cameras control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras

    control sticpl.cpl
    Screen Saver Settings rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1
    Security and Maintenance control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter

    control wscui.cpl
    Set Associations control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageFileAssoc
    Set Default Programs control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageDefaultProgram
    Set Program Access and Computer Defaults rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,3
    Sound (Playback tab) control /name Microsoft.Sound

    control mmsys.cpl

    %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
    Sound (Recording tab) %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1
    Sound (Sounds tab) %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,2
    Sound (Communications tab) %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,3
    Speech Recognition control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
    Storage Spaces control /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces
    Sync Center control /name Microsoft.SyncCenter
    System control /name Microsoft.System

    control sysdm.cpl
    System Icons explorer shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9} \SystemIcons,,0
    System Properties (Computer Name) %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesComputerName.exe
    System Properties (Hardware) %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesHardware.exe
    System Properties (Advanced) %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe
    System Properties (System Protection) %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesProtection.exe
    System Properties (Remote) %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesRemote.exe
    Tablet PC Settings control /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
    Text to Speech control /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech
    User Accounts control /name Microsoft.UserAccounts

    control userpasswords
    User Accounts (netplwiz) netplwiz

    control userpasswords2
    Windows Defender Firewall control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall

    control firewall.cpl
    Windows Features %windir%\System32\OptionalFeatures.exe

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,2
    Windows Mobility Center control /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter
    Work Folders %windir%\System32\WorkFolders.exe

    That's it,

  1. Michael's Avatar
    Posts : 65
    Windows 11

    Launching to a given Mouse Properties tab doesn't seem to work when you have 3rd party drivers installed. It always opens to the last tab:
    List of Commands to Open Control Panel Items in Windows 10-capture.png

    Any idea how to get around this?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,683
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter

    Hello Michael, :)

    Which command did you use?

    Which tab in Mouse Properties did you want to have it open to?
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  3. Michael's Avatar
    Posts : 65
    Windows 11

    I'm hoping to get to Pointer Options, but neither command has any effect.

    Thanks for your help!
      My Computer

  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,683
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter

    I just tested on my laptop that also has 3rd party Synaptics touchpad drivers installed, and I get the same thing.

    No matter which Mouse Properties command I use, it will always open to the 3rd party tab. I don't remember it doing this in Windows 7/8.

    I haven't found a way around it yet either.
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  5. Layback Bear's Avatar
    Posts : 983
    Windows 7/64 Professional

    Damn Shawn you have been a busy one.

      My Computers


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