General Create Shortcuts to Open Control Panel Items in Windows 11

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You can use Control Panel to change settings for Windows. These settings control nearly everything about how Windows looks and works, and you can use them to set up Windows so that it's just right for you.

This tutorial will provide you with a list of commands to open or create shortcuts to directly open Control Panel items in Windows 11.

Control Panel: control.exe

Control Panel category view: explorer "shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}"

Control Panel icons view: explorer "shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"

Control Panel All Tasks (aka: God Mode): explorer "shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}"



Press Ctrl + F to search table.



Control Panel ItemsCommands
Add a Device wizard%windir%\System32\DevicePairingWizard.exe
Add Hardware wizard%windir%\System32\hdwwiz.exe
Add a Printer wizardrundll32 shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL AddPrinter
Additional Clocksrundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
AutoPlaycontrol /name Microsoft.AutoPlay
Backup and Restore (Windows 7)control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter
BitLocker Drive Encryptioncontrol /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Color and Appearanceexplorer "shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageColorization"
Color Managementcontrol /name Microsoft.ColorManagement
Credential Managercontrol /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 Programscontrol /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Desktop Backgroundexplorer "shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper"
Desktop Icon Settingsrundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
Device Managercontrol /name Microsoft.DeviceManager
OR
control hdwwiz.cpl
OR
devmgmt.msc
Devices and Printerscontrol /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters
OR
control printers
Ease of Access Centercontrol /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 Historycontrol /name Microsoft.FileHistory
Fontscontrol /name Microsoft.Fonts
OR
control fonts
Game Controllerscontrol /name Microsoft.GameControllers
OR
control joy.cpl
Get Programscontrol /name Microsoft.GetPrograms
OR
rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,1
Indexing Optionscontrol /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
OR
rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll
Infraredcontrol /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 Initiatorcontrol /name Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
Keyboard Propertiescontrol /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 Centercontrol /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
Network Connectionscontrol ncpa.cpl
OR
control netconnections
Network Setup Wizardcontrol netsetup.cpl
Notification Area Iconsexplorer "shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}"
ODBC Data Source Administratorcontrol odbccp32.cpl
Offline Filescontrol /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles
Performance Options (Visual Effects)%windir%\system32\SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
Performance Options (Data Execution Prevention)%windir%\system32\SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention.exe
Personalizationexplorer "shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}"
Phone and Modemcontrol /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem
OR
control telephon.cpl
Power Optionscontrol /name Microsoft.PowerOptions
OR
control powercfg.cpl
Power Options - Advanced settingscontrol powercfg.cpl,,1
Power Options - Create a Power Plancontrol /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageCreateNewPlan
Power Options - Edit Plan Settingscontrol /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pagePlanSettings
Power Options - System Settingscontrol /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageGlobalSettings
Presentation Settings%windir%\system32\PresentationSettings.exe
Programs and Featurescontrol /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
OR
control appwiz.cpl
Recoverycontrol /name Microsoft.Recovery
Region (Formats tab)control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage
OR
control intl.cpl
OR
control international
RemoteApp and Desktop Connectionscontrol /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
Scanners and Camerascontrol /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
OR
control sticpl.cpl
Screen Saver Settingsrundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1
Security and Maintenancecontrol /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 Recognitioncontrol /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
Storage Spacescontrol /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces
Sync Centercontrol /name Microsoft.SyncCenter
System Iconsexplorer "shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9} \SystemIcons,,0"
System Properties (Computer Name)%windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesComputerName.exe
System Properties (Hardware)%windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesHardware.exe
System Properties (Advanced)%windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe
System Properties (System Protection)%windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesProtection.exe
System Properties (Remote)%windir%\System32\SystemPropertiesRemote.exe
Tablet PC Settingscontrol /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
Text to Speechcontrol /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech
Troubleshootingexplorer "shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\0\::{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}"
User Accountscontrol /name Microsoft.UserAccounts
OR
control userpasswords
User Accounts (netplwiz)netplwiz
OR
control userpasswords2
Windows Defender Firewallcontrol /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
OR
control firewall.cpl
Windows Defender Firewall Allowed appsexplorer "shell:::{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423} -Microsoft.WindowsFirewall\pageConfigureApps"
Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security%WinDir%\System32\WF.msc
Windows Features%windir%\System32\OptionalFeatures.exe
OR
rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,2
Windows Mobility Centercontrol /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter
Windows Toolscontrol /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools
OR
control admintools
Work Folders%windir%\System32\WorkFolders.exe


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Excellent tutorial.
 

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Hi there
For control panel -- easy enough properties-->open file location-->send to desktop (create short cut).
My view on all these things is K.I.S.S

The only two "system type" things I have as Desktop short cuts are the cmd shell and the control panel. Some might want Powershell too i'd imagine. Note also any of these can be pinned to taskbar as well.

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Ahhh... the God Mode for geeks! :)

God mode looks different on Windows 11. Or is it the same? I don't remember.

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Love this tutorial. Thanks!
 

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