How to Launch Control Panel Items with Commands in Windows 11

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This article details how users can make use of command shortcuts for accessing various Control Panel items in Windows 11, a feature that allows alteration of hardware and software settings. It includes instructions to open different items via commands, and a comprehensive list of specific commands for individual objects, making navigation and settings adjustment quicker…

This article explains and list command shortcuts to open the Control Panel items in Windows 11.

The Control Panel in Windows allows users to change various hardware and software settings, including mouse, display, keyboard, network, sound, etc.

You can use your mouse and keyboard to navigate items in the Control Panel. Howerver, there are also commands for all the individual objects that users can easily create shortcuts or use the Windows Terminal app to open.

Below we will show you a list of commands to open or create shortcuts to directly open Control Panel items in Windows 11.

Use command shortcuts to access items in the Control Panel

As described above, there are commands to open each item or object in the Control Panel.

Below is the list of commands to use to open objects there.

Again, using your mouse and keyboard, this is how to access the Control Panel in Windows 11.

First, open the Windows Terminal app as administrator or learn how to create a shortcut on your desktop.

Here are also commands to open the Control Panel app.

  • Open the Control Panel:
    • Command: control.exe
  • Open the Control Panel with category view:
    • Command: explorer "shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}"
  • Open the Control Panel with icons view:
    • Command: explorer "shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
  • Open the Control Panel All Tasks (aka God Mode):
    • Command: explorer "shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}"

Control Panel items:

Individual items in the Control Panel app can be accessed using these commands:

  • Add a Device wizard
    • Command: %windir%\System32\DevicePairingWizard.exe
  • Add Hardware wizard
    • Command: %windir%\System32\hdwwiz.exe
  • Add a Printer wizard
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL AddPrinter
  • Additional Clocks
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
  • AutoPlay
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay
  • Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
  • Bluetooth Settings (Options tab)
    • Command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,1
  • Bluetooth Settings (COM Ports tab)
    • Command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,2
  • Bluetooth Settings (Hardware tab)
    • Command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,3
  • Color and Appearance
    • Command: explorer "shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageColorization"
  • Color Management
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement
  • Credential Manager
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
  • Date and Time (Date and Time)
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.DateAndTime
    • Command: control timedate.cpl
    • Command: control date/time
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,0
  • Date and Time (Additional Clocks)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
  • Default Programs
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
  • Desktop Background
    • Command: explorer "shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper"
  • Desktop Icon Settings
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
  • Device Manager
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager
    • Command: control hdwwiz.cpl
    • Command: devmgmt.msc
  • Devices and Printers
    • Command: explorer shell:::{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
  • Ease of Access Center
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter
    • Command: control access.cpl
  • File Explorer Options (General tab)
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.FolderOptions
    • Command: control folders
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 0
  • File Explorer Options (View tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 7
  • File Explorer Options (Search tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 2
  • File History
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.FileHistory
  • Fonts
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.Fonts
    • Command: control fonts
  • Game Controllers
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.GameControllers
    • Command: control joy.cpl
  • Get Programs
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.GetPrograms
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,1
  • Indexing Options
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll
  • Infrared
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.Infrared
    • Command: control irprops.cpl
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.InfraredOptions
  • Internet Properties (General tab)
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.InternetOptions
    • Command: control inetcpl.cpl
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,0
  • Internet Properties (Security tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,1
  • Internet Properties (Privacy tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,2
  • Internet Properties (Content tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,3
  • Internet Properties (Connections tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,4
  • Internet Properties (Programs tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,5
  • Internet Properties (Advanced tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,6
  • iSCSI Initiator
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
  • Keyboard Properties
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.Keyboard
    • Command: control keyboard
  • Mouse Properties (Buttons tab 0)
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.Mouse
    • Command: control main.cpl
    • Command: control mouse
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,0
  • Mouse Properties (Pointers tab 1)
    • Command: control main.cpl,,1
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,1
  • Mouse Properties (Pointer Options tab 2)
    • Command: control main.cpl,,2
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,2
  • Mouse Properties (Wheel tab 3)
    • Command: control main.cpl,,3
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,3
  • Mouse Properties (Hardware tab 4)
    • Command: control main.cpl,,4
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,4
  • Network and Sharing Center
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
  • Network Connections
    • Command: control ncpa.cpl
    • Command: control netconnections
  • Network Setup Wizard
    • Command: control netsetup.cpl
  • Notification Area Icons
    • Command: explorer "shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}"
  • ODBC Data Source Administrator
    • Command: control odbccp32.cpl
  • Offline Files
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles
  • Pen and Touch
    • Command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL tabletpc.cpl
  • Pen and Touch (Pen Options tab)
    • Command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL tabletpc.cpl,,0
  • Pen and Touch (Touch tab)
    • Command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL tabletpc.cpl,,1
  • Performance Options (Visual Effects)
    • Command: %windir%\system32\SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
  • Performance Options (Data Execution Prevention)
    • Command: %windir%\system32\SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention.exe
  • Personalization
    • Command: explorer "shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}"
  • Phone and Modem
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem
    • Command: control telephon.cpl
  • Power Options
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions
    • Command: control powercfg.cpl
  • Power Options – Advanced settings
    • Command: control powercfg.cpl,,1
  • Power Options – Create a Power Plan
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageCreateNewPlan
  • Power Options – Edit Plan Settings
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pagePlanSettings
  • Power Options – System Settings
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageGlobalSettings
  • Presentation Settings
    • Command: %windir%\system32\PresentationSettings.exe
  • Programs and Features
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
    • Command: control appwiz.cpl
  • Recovery
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.Recovery
  • Region (Formats tab)
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage
    • Command: control intl.cpl
    • Command: control international
  • RemoteApp and Desktop Connections
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
  • Scanners and Cameras
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
    • Command: control sticpl.cpl
  • Screen Saver Settings
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1
  • Security and Maintenance
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter
    • Command: control wscui.cpl
  • Sound (Playback tab)
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.Sound
    • Command: control mmsys.cpl
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
  • Sound (Recording tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1
  • Sound (Sounds tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,2
  • Sound (Communications tab)
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,3
  • Speech Recognition
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
  • Storage Spaces
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces
  • Sync Center
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.SyncCenter
  • System Icons
    • Command: explorer "shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9} \SystemIcons,,0"
  • System Properties (Computer Name)
    • Command: %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesComputerName.exe
  • System Properties (Hardware)
    • Command: %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesHardware.exe
  • System Properties (Advanced)
    • Command: %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe
  • System Properties (System Protection)
    • Command: %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesProtection.exe
  • System Properties (Remote)
    • Command: %windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesRemote.exe
  • Tablet PC Settings
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
  • Text Services and Input Languages
    • Command: rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL input.dll,,{C07337D3-DB2C-4D0B-9A93-B722A6C106E2}
  • Text to Speech
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech
  • Troubleshooting
    • Command: explorer "shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\0\::{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}"
  • User Accounts
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.UserAccounts
    • Command: control userpasswords
  • User Accounts (netplwiz) netplwiz
    • Command: control userpasswords2
  • Windows Defender Firewall
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
    • Command: control firewall.cpl
  • Windows Defender Firewall Allowed apps explorer
    • Command: "shell:::{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423} -Microsoft.WindowsFirewall\pageConfigureApps"
  • Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security
    • Command: %WinDir%\System32\WF.msc
  • Windows Features
    • Command: %windir%\System32\OptionalFeatures.exe
    • Command: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,2
  • Windows Mobility Center
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter
  • Windows Tools
    • Command: control /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools
    • Command: control admintools
  • Work Folders
    • Command: %windir%\System32\WorkFolders.exe

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post listed commands to open the Control Panel app and individual items within the Control Panel. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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