Windows 11 Control Panel Commands for Win + R dialog

This tutorial will show you the list of Windows 11 Control Panel commands to directly run them from the Run dialog or command prompt.

With the release of Windows 10 Microsoft has began moving system options from the Control Panel to the “Settings” app. With in Windows 11, that process continues. Now, some classic settings are duplicated in the new UI, and some disappear from the familiar interface of the Control Panel. However, you can launch most of the control panel items  from the Run dialog box or by using the command line.

Windows 11 Control Panel

The list below contains commands for launching Control Panel applets in Windows 10 and Windows 11. For some of them, accessing the applet in other ways has become extremely difficult, and therefore the information can be useful.

The list of Windows 11 Control Panel Commands

To run any command from the list below, you just need to press the ⊞ Win + R keys on the keyboard (Win is the key with the Windows logo), type the command into the Run window, and then press the OK button or the ↵ Enter key. The same commands can be used in a  command prompt window (see how to open a command prompt).

Control Panel item Command
Control Panel – default view control
Control Panel – category view explorer.exe shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}
Control Panel – icon view explorer.exe shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
Control Panel – All Tasks (God Mode) explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Add a Device wizard DevicePairingWizard.exe
Add Hardware wizard hdwwiz.exe
Add a Printer wizard rundll32 shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL AddPrinter
Additional Clocks rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
AutoPlay control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay
Backup and Restore (Windows 7) control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter
BitLocker Drive Encryption control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Color and Appearance explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageColorization
Color Management control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement
Credential Manager control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Date and Time (Date and Time) control /name Microsoft.DateAndTime

OR

control timedate.cpl

OR

control date/time

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,0

Date and Time (Additional Clocks) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
Default Programs control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Desktop Background explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper
Desktop Icon Settings rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
Device Manager control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager

OR

control hdwwiz.cpl

OR

devmgmt.msc

Devices and Printers control /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters

OR

control printers

Ease of Access Center control /name Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter

OR

control access.cpl

File Explorer Options (General tab) control /name Microsoft.FolderOptions

OR

control folders

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 0

File Explorer Options (View tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 7
File Explorer Options (Search tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 2
File History control /name Microsoft.FileHistory
Fonts control /name Microsoft.Fonts

OR

control fonts

Game Controllers control /name Microsoft.GameControllers

OR

control joy.cpl

Get Programs control /name Microsoft.GetPrograms

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,1

Indexing Options control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll

Infrared control /name Microsoft.Infrared

OR

control irprops.cpl

OR

control /name Microsoft.InfraredOptions

Internet Properties (General tab) control /name Microsoft.InternetOptions

OR

control inetcpl.cpl

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,0

Internet Properties (Security tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,1
Internet Properties (Privacy tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,2
Internet Properties (Content tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,3
Internet Properties (Connections tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,4
Internet Properties (Programs tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,5
Internet Properties (Advanced tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,6
iSCSI Initiator control /name Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
Keyboard Properties control /name Microsoft.Keyboard

OR

control keyboard

Mouse Properties (Buttons tab 0) control /name Microsoft.Mouse

OR

control main.cpl

OR

control mouse

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,0

Mouse Properties (Pointers tab 1) control main.cpl,,1

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,1

Mouse Properties (Pointer Options tab 2) control main.cpl,,2

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,2

Mouse Properties (Wheel tab 3) control main.cpl,,3

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,3

Mouse Properties (Hardware tab 4) control main.cpl,,4

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl,,4

Network and Sharing Center control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
Network Connections control ncpa.cpl

OR

control netconnections

Network Setup Wizard control netsetup.cpl
Notification Area Icons explorer shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
ODBC Data Source Administrator control odbccp32.cpl
Offline Files control /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles
Performance Options (Visual Effects) SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
Performance Options (Data Execution Prevention) SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention.exe
Personalization explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Phone and Modem control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem

OR

control telephon.cpl

Power Options control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions

OR

control powercfg.cpl

Power Options – Advanced settings control powercfg.cpl,,1
Power Options – Create a Power Plan control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageCreateNewPlan
Power Options – Edit Plan Settings control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pagePlanSettings
Power Options – System Settings control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageGlobalSettings
Presentation Settings PresentationSettings.exe
Programs and Features control /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures

OR

control appwiz.cpl

Recovery control /name Microsoft.Recovery
Region (Formats tab) control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage

OR

control intl.cpl

OR

control international

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
Scanners and Cameras control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras

OR

control sticpl.cpl

Screen Saver Settings rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1
Security and Maintenance control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter

OR

control wscui.cpl

Sound (Playback tab) control /name Microsoft.Sound

OR

control mmsys.cpl

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0

Sound (Recording tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1
Sound (Sounds tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,2
Sound (Communications tab) rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,3
Speech Recognition control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
Storage Spaces control /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces
Sync Center control /name Microsoft.SyncCenter
System Icons explorer shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9} \SystemIcons,,0
System Properties (Computer Name) SystemPropertiesComputerName.exe
System Properties (Hardware) SystemPropertiesHardware.exe
System Properties (Advanced) SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe
System Properties (System Protection) SystemPropertiesProtection.exe
System Properties (Remote) SystemPropertiesRemote.exe
Tablet PC Settings control /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
Text to Speech control /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech
Troubleshooting explorer shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\0\::{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
User Accounts control /name Microsoft.UserAccounts

OR

control userpasswords

User Accounts (netplwiz) netplwiz

OR

control userpasswords2

Windows Defender Firewall control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall

OR

control firewall.cpl

Windows Defender Firewall Allowed apps explorer shell:::{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423} -Microsoft.WindowsFirewall\pageConfigureApps
Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security WF.msc
Windows Features OptionalFeatures.exe

OR

rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,2

Windows Mobility Center control /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter
Windows Tools control /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools

OR

control admintools

Work Folders WorkFolders.exe

Pay attention to a couple of things.

  • Items that were available in previous versions of the OS, but completely disappeared in Windows 10 and Windows 11 without the ability to launch in any way, or with the only remaining option in the “Settings”, are not included in the list, for example – desktop gadgets or Bluetooth device management.
  • For some items, there are several ways to launch them, for example, a MMC snap-in in addition to the control panel command. Some applets will open with a *.cpl file instead of the command.

That’s it.

Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

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