List of Control Panel items Run commands in Windows 11

Almost all the settings in Windows are available in Control Panel. Usually, to run a Control Panel tool, we have to launch Control Panel first, find the required settings and then open it. This is especially useful if you are someone who prefers a Graphic User Interface (GUI) over anything else. However, if you are someone who likes things to be done fast without wasting much time, this conventional way of launching a Control Panel tool might actually bother you a bit, or more likely, a lot!


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So, what is the alternate way? Well, what if we tell you that you can open the Control Panel tools very easily through some simple commands that can be run either through the Run window or through the Command Prompt? Oh yes, it definitely is possible. In this article, we explain in detail how you can launch Control Panel tools without having to open Control Panel all the time.

Section 1: Control Panel Tools and Commands to Run Them

In the table below, we have listed almost all of the Control Panel tools that are available in Windows 11 and the commands to run these tools. These commands can be executed in Run window or they can be executed via Command Prompt.

Note: Please note that some of these commands might not work in your Windows version.

Control Panel Tool Command to Run
Power Options powercfg.cpl
Add or Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Fonts Folder fonts
Network Properties / Network Connections ncpa.cpl
Joystick Properties / Game Controllers control joy.cpl
Mouse Properties control main.cpl                   
Scanners and Cameras control sticpl.cpl
Internet Options/Properties inetcpl.cpl
Devices and Printers control printers
Accessibility Options / Ease of Access Center control access.cpl
Keyboard Properties/Settings control main.cpl keyboard
Multimedia / Sound Properties control mmsys.cpl
System Properties sysdm.cpl
Component Services dcomcnfg
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
Remote Desktop mstsc
Administrative Tools control admintools
Region / Regional Settings intl.cpl
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Color Management colorcpl
User Accounts / User Account Management control nusrmgr.cpl
Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
Network and Sharing Center control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkandSharingCenter
Security and Maintenance wscui.cpl
Credential Manager control.exe /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Recovery control.exe /name Microsoft.Recovery
Folder Options / File Explorer Options control folders
Default Programs control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Indexing Options control.exe /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
Sync Center mobsync
Taskbar and Navigation control.exe /name Microsoft.TaskbarandStartMenu
System Display Properties control desk.cpl
Modem Properties control modem.cpl

Section 2: Examples to Run Command Tool Commands from Run Window

Through the following 2 examples, we have explained how to execute any of the commands in the above section through Run window to launch the respective Control Panel tools.

Eg.1: Launch Add or Remove Programs Tool from Run Window

Press Win and R keys together to open the Run window. Now type in or copy & paste the command to launch Add or Remove Programs tool.

appwiz.cpl

Note: You can find the command to run from Section 1.

 

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That’s it. You should now have the Programs and Features window launched for you.

 

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Eg.2: Launch Power Options Tool from Run Window

First of all, launch the Run window by pressing Win and R keys at once. Once it launches, type in or copy & paste the command to launch Power Options tool and hit Enter key.

powercfg.cpl

Note: You can find the command from Section 1.

 

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You will now have your Power Options tool right in front of you.

 

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Section 3: Examples to Run Command Tool Commands from Command Prompt

The following 2 examples are used to demonstrate on how to launch Control Panel tools mentioned in section 1 through Command Prompt.

Eg.1: Launch Internet Properties Tool from Command Prompt

Step 1: On the taskbar, click on the Search icon.

 

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Step 2: Start typing in command prompt in the search bar and click on Run as administrator option as shown below.

 

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Step 3: When Command Prompt opens up in admin mode, type in or copy & paste the command to open the Internet Properties window. This command can be found out in Section 1.

inetcpl.cpl

Hit Enter key once you are done to launch the Internet Properties window.

 

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Eg.2: Launch Device Manager Tool from Command Prompt

Just like in the previous example, launch Command Prompt in administrator mode first.

Type in the command to open Device Manager and then hit Enter key. To find which command to use, you can refer section 1.

devmgmt.msc

 

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Just like in the examples shown in Section 2 and Section 3, you can launch any of the Control Panel tools in Section 1 either through the Run window or through the Command Prompt.

Hope you found the article useful.

 

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