How to Quickly Open Control Panel or Any Specific Tool Directly with a Command In Windows

In Windows 11 you can’t find the Control Panel as easily as you can in previous versions. Microsoft might want to replace the Control Panel app with the Settings app. Many of the settings, which were previously available in the Control Panel, have been embedded in the Settings app. But, sometimes you can’t find the required options to modify in the Settings app. So, to facilitate the old users, the Control Panel has not vanished yet and Microsoft gradually updating the Settings app.

In this guide, you will learn different ways of opening the Control Panel in Windows. Not only that you will also learn the fastest way to access any of the Control Panel Tools directly with the help of commands that you can use in the Run, Cmd, or PowerShell window.


Open Control Panel Using Search Functionality

The search facility is made available in Windows 11 to search for files, folders, and apps. Let’s see how this facility can help to open the Control Panel.

  1. Locate the magnifying glass on the bottom left corner of your Windows 11 screen. Click on the search box and type control panel. You can click on the Control Panel option in the search results or alternatively, click on the Open option showing under Control Panel options.
  2. The Control Panel window will be displayed and you can choose the option of your choice.

Access Windows 11 Control Panel Quickly

  1. Press the Windows+R keyboard shortcut and this will open up a Run window.
  2. In the Run windows, type control in the textbox and hit Enter.

    quickly access control panel windows 11

  3. This will give instant access to Win 11 CP. For me, this is the fastest way to open Control Panel in Windows 11, Windows 10, or any older versions.

Open Control Panel from the Terminal or Command Prompt window

The command to open Control Panel through the command prompt or PowerShell/Terminal is

  1. Press Windows+R the keyboard shortcut to open the Run window. In the Run window,
  2. type cmd to open the command prompt or
    type PowerShell to open the PowerShell / Terminal window and click on the OK button or hit Enter on the keyboard.
  3. Type command Control In the Command prompt or in the PowerShell screen and hit Enter to execute it.
    command prompt to open control panel

    Command Prompt Windows 11

    powershell command to open control panel

    PowerShell / Terminal Window 11

  4. The Control Panel window will appear and you can choose the function you want to perform.

Open Specific Control Panel Tool Directly Through Run Command

As we know that the Control Panel is a collection of Tools, Applets, or Settings whatever you want to say. Someone might need to open the specific applet for specific functionality, For that, you can type a simple command either in the Run, Command Prompt, or PowerShell/Terminal Window.

If you type control command this will open the Control Panel. If we specify an applet with the control command then we can target a specific tool or settings. Let’s say we want to open Uninstall or Change a program applet from the Control Panel. Press Windows+R to open Run windows and type control appwiz.cpl and hit Enter. It will open the Uninstall or Change a program applet instantly. In this way, you can save the time and effort of opening the Control Panel first and locating the applet to open.

I personally use the following commands in the Run windows to open a specific tool from the Control Panel. You can also use these commands in the Command Prompt and PowerShell/Terminal windows.

Command to open Control Panel tools

System Properties
control sysdm.cpl

Power Management
control powercfg.cpl

Network Properties
control netcpl.cpl

Display Properties
control desk.cpl

Add/Remove Programs
control appwiz.cpl

Add New Hardware
control sysdm.cpl add new hardware

Accessibility Options
control access.cpl

You find more commands here on the Microsoft website.

Create a Shortcut on the Desktop for any Tool

We have already posted a guide to create a shortcut on the desktop to Any Control Panel Tool.

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