Microsoft DOS control command

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About control
Availability
Syntax
Examples

About control

Control enables Microsoft Windows users to open the Control Panel and items within the Control Panel from the command prompt.

Availability

The control command is an external command and is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

Note: Although this command is available in all versions of Microsoft Windows after the release of Windows 95, not all versions support the same commands. See the chart in examples for additional information.

Syntax

No syntax is available for the control command. For available commands see the examples below of all the available commands control is capable of doing through the command and run line.

Examples

Below is a chart of the available options the command is capable of doing. Each release of Microsoft Windows supports different options for this command therefore we have also listed if the command is or is not supported in each of the Windows operating systems.

Command 95/98/ME NT 2000/XP Information
Control admintools No No Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Administrative Tools window.
Control desktop Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Display Properties window.
Control color Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Display Properties window with the appearance tab open.
Control date/time Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Date/Time Properties window.
Control folders No No No/Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Folder Options.
Control fonts Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Fonts folder.
Control infrared Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Infrared folder if available.
Control international Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Regional Options window.
Control keyboard Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Keyboard Properties window.
Control mouse Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Mouse Properties window.
Control netconnections No No Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Network and Dial-up Connections window.
Control netware No No Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Netware window if installed and available
Control panel No No Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Control Panel.
Control printers Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Printers window.
Control schedtasks No No Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Schedule tasks window.
Control telephony No No Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Location information window.
Control userpasswords No No Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Users and Passwords window.

The control command is also capable of executing many of the .cpl files located on your computer; for example, a user can type the below command to open the Time and Date window.

control TimeDate.cpl 

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