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Monday, February 05, 2007

How to Run Windows Control Panel items directly

To run specific Control Panel items without running the Control Panel, all you need to do is run the relevant *.cpl file: for example, to open the Display Properties window directly, click Start, Run and then enter Desk.cpl and click OK.

You can also right-click Control Panel applets (under Start, Control Panel) and select Create Shortcut to add a shortcut to your desktop.

Microsoft also provides a brief summary of *.cpl files under
A Description of Control Panel (.cpl) Files.