Run Control Panel Items From Run Command

Here are all the Run Commands corresponding to the Control Panel:
control panel

Control Panel Item Command
Open Control Panel Control
Accessibility Options Access.cpl
Add Hardware Hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs Appwiz.cpl
Administrative tools Control admin tools
Automatic Updates Wuaucpl.cpl
Date and time Timedate.cpl
Display Control desktop / desk.cpl
Folder Options Control folders
Fonts Control fonts / fonts
Game Controllers Joy.cpl
Internet Options Inetcpl.cpl
Keyboard Control keyboard
Mail
Mouse Control mouse
Network Connections Control netconnections
Network Setup Wizard Netsetup.cpl
Phone And Modem Options Telephon.cpl
Power Options Powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes Control printers
Regional and Language Options Intl.cpl
Scanners and Cameras Sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks Control schdtasks
Security Center Wscui.cpl
Sounds and Audio Devices Mmsys.cpl
Speech
System Sysdm.cpl
Taskbar and Start Menu
User Accounts Nusrmgr.cpl
Windows Firewall Firewall.cpl
Wireless Network Setup Wizard

If I’m missing anything, please let me know through comments. I’ll be grateful to anyone for suggestions.
Note: A PDF version of all these commands can be downloaded here for your ease of use:
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24 thoughts on “Run Control Panel Items From Run Command”

  1. wuaucpl.cpl doesn’t work. Can’t figure out how to open Windows Update -window from CLI in Vista or W7.

  2. Run advertised programs is not standard in Windows.
    You can try open it with
    RunDLL32.EXE shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %WINDIR%\system32\ccm\smsrap.cpl

  3. Run Advertised won’t run directly from SMSRAP.cpl on the run line.
    I needed the full exact path, it was remarkably picky
    on Run line C:\WINDOWS\system32\CCM\SMSRAP.cpl
    This works on our systems
    🙂

  4. Ok on my prior comment, it removed all the backslashes. Helpful huh ?
    (just put a backslash inplace of these spaces?)
    c: WINDOWS system32 CCM SMSRAP.cpl

  5. Use the below shortcuts in the Run prompt to open Run Advertisement Program and Configuration Manager for SCCM
    Type “Control smsrap” in the Run dialog box for Run Advertisement Program to launch.
    Type “Control smscfgrc” in the Run dialog box for Configuration Manager Properties.

    • What command should I use to open configuration manager properties of a remote machine? I mean I need a command that I can execute remotely.

  6. On “Windows Server 2008 32 bit” I was able to start “Mail Config” with this command:
    control “C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033\MLCFG32.cpl”

  7. On “Windows 7 Pro 64 bit” and with “Office 2010” I was able to start “Mail Config” with this command:
    control “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\MLCFG32.cpl”
    So, if summarize this comment and my previous one:
    On “Windows 7” and “Windows Server 2008”, it all depends on which office you have installed (2003, 2007, 2010), to start “Mail Config (32bit)” you will need to find the file “MSCFG32.cpl” and put the full “Path” to that file instead of “%path%” variable into next command:
    control “%path%\MLCFG32.cpl”

  8. I stumbled upon this web page while searching for a way to open up the “Power Options” dialog or anything related to configuring power settings in Windows.
    At the moment, I was writing a guide on how to make some adjustments to the power settings in Windows Vista. But I decided to broaden the target audience to include Windows 7, and potentially Windows XP users. But I didn’t want to do a lot of rewriting. So I figured the best way to do it is to make use of this facility in Windows, and then reference to the instructions found in the guide for previous Windows version.
    So yes, this is indeed very useful! But I didn’t quite find what I was looking for on this web page. You did not include the command for power management settings. I found a more complete list in Microsoft Knowledge Base article ID 192806. The link is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/192806.
    The command for showing power options in Windows is powercfg.cpl. This works for Windows 98 and above, including Windows Vista. For Windows 95 you have to use the command main.cpl power instead. You would normally write control in front of each, but it may not be necessary in most cases. But if doesn’t seem to work, you may try control main.cpl power for Windows 95 or control powercfg.cpl for Windows 98 and above.
    One, rather strange thing I noticed in Windows Vista is that control powercfg.cpl brings up the Mouse Properties dialog. This is a possible bug here… it’s a useful feature, but it’s not according to the documentation… or is it a bug? The good old computer joke. 😉 Microsoft seem to keep it warm at heart. to like it.
    You should consider expanding that list with more commands. See the link I provided.

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