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Control Panel Applets In Windows XP

You can actually open up the various Control Panel applets without actually opening the Control Panel itself. Whether you want to change the system date/time properties, add a new modem or just change your joystick settings, there's an easy way to call up Control Panel applets (icons) without opening up the Control Panel. By simply running (launching) the file name of the Applet itself (Applet files contain the CPL file extension) will do the trick. A list of such Control Panel Applets and their file names are listed below.

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Control Panel Applets In Windows XP

Control Panel Name Applet File Name Description
Accessibility Options access.cpl Allows you to adjust the appearance and behavior of Windows to enhance accessibility for some vision, hearing, or mobility impaired users. The five tabs choices are keyboard, display, display, mouse and general.
Add Hardware hdwwiz.cpl Allows you to add new hardware, unplug or remove hardware from your computer, or troubleshoot any hardware-related problems.
Add or Remove Programs appwiz.cpl Allows you to manage programs on your computer. It prompts you through the steps necessary to add a new program, change settings to a particular program or remove an existing program entirely that is installed on your computer.
Administrative Tools - Allows system administrators to configure and manage Component Services, Computer Management, Data Sources (ODBC), Event Viewer, Performance and recovery action Services.
Automatic Updates wuaucpl.cpl Allows Windows to routinely checks for updates that can protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Windows will automatically download them through the Windows Update site and install them for you. You can also set Automatic Updates to notify you whenever any updates become available, if you prefer to download and install them yourself.
Date And Time timedate.cpl Allows you to change the date or time of your system as well as your time zone, so that programs can accurately calculate dates and times with respect to other computer users around the world.
Display desk.cpl The Display applet is another way to get to your display settings so you can adjust the display settings on your computer. You are able to modify things from your wallpaper to the size of the screen resolution.
Folder Options - Allows you to control how Windows displays files and folders. You can choose between the Classic View of folders and the Windows XP view. You can also tell Windows to open new folders in new windows, or in the same window, and also choose whether you want to single-click or double-click to open files and folders.
Fonts - Allows viewing of current fonts and installation of new fonts. You can Double-click on any particular one to see a sample of it at various sizes.
Game Controllers joy.cpl Allows you to configure joysticks and gaming pads. After clicking on a gaming controller and then on Properties, you can see if your device is working where you should see a visual response on the screen. You can also install new controllers by clicking on the Add button.
Internet Options inetcpl.cpl Allows you to controls how Internet Explorer functions where you can set your default home page, delete temporary internet files and cookies and also clear your history files. You can also set colors, fonts, language settings and basic accessibility options. This is also where you can set your security and privacy options for Internet Explorer.
Keyboard jpicpl32.cpl #
Mail (Outlook) - #
Mouse main.cpl #
Network Connections ncpa.cpl Allows you to view all the different network connections on your PC including any Wi-Fi or Bluetooth links. Each connection will also show whether it is enabled, connected and protected by the Windows XP Firewall. You can enable or disable a connection by right-clicking on it and selecting the appropriate option.
Network Setup Wizard netsetup.cpl #
Phone and Modem Options telephon.cpl Allows you to configure all of your dial-up internet connection. You can define various locations and add dialing codes from which you want to connect to the internet with. You can add, view and configure any Modems that are installed on the system and also perform basic diagnostic tests.
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Power Options powercfg.cpl Allows you to display and adjust the power management settings of your computer. You can tell Windows to turn off the screen and hard disks after a certain amount of inactivity, or select a pre-defined power scheme from the drop-down list.
Printers and Faxes - Allows you to view a list of all the printers and faxes installed on your system. You can Double-click on one of the printer icons to see the print queue, which shows a listing of documents waiting to print.
Regional and Language Options intl.cpl With Regional and Language Options, you can change the format Windows uses to display dates, times, currency amounts, large numbers, and numbers with decimal fractions.
Scanners and Cameras - Scanners and Cameras enables you to install scanners, digital still cameras, digital video cameras, and other image-capturing devices. After a device is installed, you can use the Scanners and Cameras Wizard to download and save pictures to a directory folder that you specify. You can also view device properties, delete pictures from your camera, or print photos. You can even test your device to make sure everything is working properly.
Scheduled Tasks - With Scheduled Tasks, you can schedule any script, program, or document to run at a time that is most convenient for you. Your Scheduled Task(s) will then run in the background. You can schedule a task to run daily, weekly, monthly, or at a specific certain time such as at Start up. You can also change the schedule for a task, stop a scheduled task or customize how a task will run at a scheduled time.
Security Center wscui.cpl A new Security Center icon will appear within your Control Panel after installing Service Pack 2. The Security Center will monitor whether your antivirus program, firewall and Windows Update settings are intact, up-to-date and are indeed monitoring your system. If any of these security functions are not up-to-date, turned off or are not present, Windows will display the unsecured option in red to alert you. You can also change the settings to not alert you each time you load Windows by clicking on 'Change the way Security Center alerts me' in the left-hand panel.
Sounds and Audio Devices mmsys.cpl Allows you to adjust the volume control, setup sound schemes and sounds to play for specific events. Tabs are "Sounds", "Audio", and "Hardware". The Sounds tab is used to associate events and sounds. The Audio tab allows the device to use for playing and recording sound to be set. The Hardware tab is used to configure and view multimedia devices.
Speech - Windows includes a built in speech function utility, which will read text out loud for you. To use it, go to the Start menu, click on Programs, Accessories, Accessibility, and then Narrator. The Speech control panel icon will allow you change its options where you can select a voice (although Windows only comes with "Sam" installed), preview a Voice so you can hear it and also adjust the speed of the reading with the slider control.
System sysdm.cpl This is considered the most important icon in the Control Panel as it displays and controls the most in-depth options regarding the workings of your computer and contains seven individual tabs. The General tab will show the operating system you are using, along with what Service Packs are installed. It will also display what processor you have and its speed along with how much memory you have in your system. The information displayed here along with the information displayed within several other tabs can be extremely useful if you are troubleshooting your system or talking to a technical support representative.
Taskbar and Start Menu - #
User Accounts nusrmgr.cpl Allows you to manage the way multiple users of a PC, such as family members, use it. Each user account is saved with information about how the user like to work, such as their chosen Desktop picture, documents folder, Desktop icons, favorite websites and password.
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl The new Windows Firewall icon, which is built in to Service Pack 2, can help prevent viruses and spyware from infecting your computer. It does so by blocking other computers from sending unwanted (and possibly malicious) data to your computer. Unless you have a third-party firewall installed, you should make sure it is turned on for all your internet related connections.
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