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This article describes common Control Panel (.cpl) files.
Each tool in Control Panel is represented by a .cpl file in the Windows\System32 folder. The .cpl files in the Windows\System32 folder are loaded automatically when you start Control Panel.
NOTE: Occasionally, Windows uses entries in the [MMCPL] section of the Control.ini file to load Control Panel files.
The following table lists the most common .cpl files, including all the .cpl files that are included with Windows:
Add/Remove Programs properties
Add Hardware properties
Regional Settings properties
Infrared Port properties (located in C:\Windows\Driver cache\I386\Driver.cab until you install an infrared device)
Network Connections properties
User Accounts properties
Gateway Services for NetWare properties
Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) Data Source Administrator properties
Power Options properties
Speech Properties (located in C:\Program files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Speech)
Phone and Modem Options properties
Time and Date properties
Third-party software and hardware manufacturers add Control Panel icons to provide an interface for you to use when you configure settings for their products. An icon is displayed in Control Panel after the program's Setup tool places the .cpl file in the Windows\System32.
To create a shortcut to a Control Panel tool, either drag an icon fromControl Panel to the desktop or another location or manually create ashortcut, and then specify the path to the .cpl file.
For additional information about Control Panel files, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: