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How to Open Control Panel Tools with Run Commands (Command List)

To open a Control Panel tool quickly, you can use its Run command. Here’s the list of Run commands to open specific Control Panel tools.

The Windows Control Panel acts like a hub for several different tools. If we want to open a specific tool, most of us first open the Control Panel, change the view if necessary, and then find and open the tool or utility we are looking for. 

Generally, this not much of a hassle. However, to make things a bit easier, you can use corresponding Run commands to open almost all major tools within the control panel. For example, if you are frequently opening the printers folder, you can use the Device and Printers Run command to quickly open that tool without having to open the Control Panel first.

So, let me share with you the list of Run commands for Control Panel tools.

Run Commands for Control Panel Tools

Below is the list of all useful Run commands to open different Control Panel tools. The first column shows the Control Panel tool and the second column shows its corresponding Run command.

All commands are tested in Windows 10.

Control Panel ToolRun Command
Add or Remove Programsappwiz.cpl
Power Optionspowercfg.cpl
Devices and Printerscontrol printers
Scanners and Camerascontrol sticpl.cpl
Internet Options/Propertiesinetcpl.cpl
Keyboard Properties/Settingscontrol main.cpl keyboard
Mouse Propertiescontrol main.cpl
Joystick Properties / Game Controllerscontrol joy.cpl
Accessibility Options / Ease of Access Centercontrol access.cpl
Multimedia / Sound Propertiescontrol mmsys.cpl
Network Properties / Network Connectionsncpa.cpl
Network and Sharing Centercontrol.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkandSharingCenter
System Propertiessysdm.cpl
Region / Regional Settingsintl.cpl
Fonts Folderfonts
Date and Time Propertiestimedate.cpl
Administrative Toolscontrol admintools
Component Servicesdcomcnfg
Device Managerdevmgmt.msc
Remote Desktopmstsc
Security and Maintenancewscui.cpl
User Accounts / User Account Managementcontrol nusrmgr.cpl
Windows Firewallfirewall.cpl
Color Managementcolorcpl
Credential Managercontrol.exe /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Default Programscontrol.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Folder Options / File Explorer Optionscontrol folders
Indexing Optionscontrol.exe /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
Recoverycontrol.exe /name Microsoft.Recovery
Taskbar and Navigationcontrol.exe /name Microsoft.TaskbarandStartMenu
Sync Centermobsync

Using Run Commands to Open Control Panel Tools

Once you have the run command of a control panel tool, there are several different ways you can use it to open the target tool. Depending on your use case, follow the method of your choice.

Method 1 of 2:

Use the Run Dialog Box

Being Run commands, you can execute them directly in the Run dialog box. To do that, open the Run dialog box with the keyboard shortcut Win + R, type in the command of your choice, and press Enter.

As soon as you press the Enter button, the control panel tool should be opened automatically.


Method 2 of 2:

Use the Command Prompt

As an alternative, you can also run the same commands in the Command Prompt. All you have to do is open the Command Prompt window, type in the command as shown in the list, and press Enter. The control panel tool should instantly open.

Note: If you want to open an particular control panel tool as an admin, open the Command Prompt as an admin and then execute the command.


This method is particularly helpful if you are already using Command Prompt as part of your workflow or trying to make custom scripts for specific use cases.

That is all for now. If you think I missed any of the run commands for control panel tools, comment below and share them. I will add them to the list.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, do check out the list of app URI commands in Windows 10

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