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How to run Control Panel tools by typing a command

This article was previously published under Q192806
This article describes how to run Control Panel tools in Windows by typinga command at a command prompt or in the Open box.
To run a Control Panel tool in Windows, type the appropriate command inthe 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.
   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				
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 It has been replaced by the Scanners and Cameras Folder, which is similar in function to folders like Printers and Dial-up Networking.

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.

Article ID: 192806 - Last Review: 10/09/2011 18:26:00 - Revision: 4.0

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  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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