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This article describes common Control Panel (.cpl) files.
Each tool in Control Panel is represented by a .cpl file in the Windows\System32 folder. The .cpl files in the Windows\System32 folder are loaded automatically when you start Control Panel.
NOTE: Occasionally, Windows uses entries in the [MMCPL] section of the Control.ini file to load Control Panel files.
The following table lists the most common .cpl files, including all the .cpl files that are included with Windows:
Third-party software and hardware manufacturers add Control Panel icons to provide an interface for you to use when you configure settings for their products. An icon is displayed in Control Panel after the program's Setup tool places the .cpl file in the Windows\System32.
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To create a shortcut to a Control Panel tool, either drag an icon from Control Panel to the desktop or another location or manually create a shortcut, and then specify the path to the .cpl file.
For additional information about Control Panel files, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/149648/EN-US/ )Description of Control Panel (.cpl) Files
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/180025/EN-US/ )How to Open Control Panel Folders from the Command Prompt