MS-DOS and Windows command line control command

Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope
control command

The control command enables Microsoft Windows users to open the Control Panel and its components from a command prompt.

Availability

Control is an external command and is available for the following Microsoft operating systems.

Control 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.

Control 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've also listed each supported version of Windows.

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 the examples section for additional information.

Tip

All the following commands must run from Run box. In Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 type "run" in the search box to open the Run box and then type any of the following commands in the Run box.

Command 95/98/ME NT 2000/XP Vista/7 8/10 Information
Control admintools No No Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Administrative Tools window.
Control desktop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Windows XP and earlier, opens the Microsoft Windows Display Properties window.
Windows Vista and later, opens the Microsoft Windows Personalization window.
Control color Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Windows XP and earlier, opens the Microsoft Windows Display Properties window with the Appearance tab open.
Windows Vista and later, opens the Microsoft Windows Personalization window.
Control date/time Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Date/Time Properties window.
Control folders No No No/Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Folder Options.
Control fonts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Fonts folder.
Control infrared Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Infrared folder, if available.
Control international Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Regional Options window.
Control keyboard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Keyboard Properties window.
Control mouse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Mouse Properties window.
Control netconnections No No Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Network and Dial-up Connections window.
Control netware No No Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Netware window, if installed.
(Must be installed using Windows XP compatibility mode in Windows Vista and later)
Control panel No No Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Control Panel.
Control printers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Printers window.
Control schedtasks No No Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows Task Scheduler window.
Control telephony No No Yes Yes Yes Opens the Microsoft Windows location information (phone and modem) window.
Control userpasswords No No Yes Yes 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 command below to open the Date and Time window.

control TimeDate.cpl
Tip

The above commands could also run from the Windows command line.

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