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How to run Control Panel tools by typing a command
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This article was previously published under Q192806
This article describes how to run Control Panel tools in Windows by typing a command at a command prompt or in the Open box.
To run a Control Panel tool in Windows, type the appropriate command in the Open box or at a command prompt.
NOTE: If you want to run a command from a command prompt, you must do so from the Windows folder. Also, note that your computer may not have all of the tools listed in this article, as your Windows installation may not include all of these components.
NOTE: The Scanners and Cameras applet (sticpl.cpl) cannot be run in Windows Millennium. It has been replaced by the Scanners and Cameras Folder, which is similar in function to folders like Printers and Dial-up Networking.
Control panel tool Command ----------------------------------------------------------------- Accessibility Options control access.cpl Add New Hardware control sysdm.cpl add new hardware Add/Remove Programs control appwiz.cpl Date/Time Properties control timedate.cpl Display Properties control desk.cpl FindFast control findfast.cpl Fonts Folder control fonts Internet Properties control inetcpl.cpl Joystick Properties control joy.cpl Keyboard Properties control main.cpl keyboard Microsoft Exchange control mlcfg32.cpl (or Windows Messaging) Microsoft Mail Post Office control wgpocpl.cpl Modem Properties control modem.cpl Mouse Properties control main.cpl Multimedia Properties control mmsys.cpl Network Properties control netcpl.cpl NOTE: In Windows NT 4.0, Network properties is Ncpa.cpl, not Netcpl.cpl Password Properties control password.cpl PC Card control main.cpl pc card (PCMCIA) Power Management (Windows 95) control main.cpl power Power Management (Windows 98) control powercfg.cpl Printers Folder control printers Regional Settings control intl.cpl Scanners and Cameras control sticpl.cpl Sound Properties control mmsys.cpl sounds System Properties control sysdm.cpl
Windows substitutes the name of the tool you want to run for %1%. For example:
"rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl".To run the Users tool in Control Panel, type control Ncpa.cpl users, and then press ENTER.
To run the Users tool for Windows 95/98/Me, type "control inetcpl.cpl users" (without the quotation marks) and then press ENTER.