Keyboard Shortcuts to the Control Panel (cpl's).
This page shows how to access all the Windows XP Control Panel applets purely from the keyboard.
Some of the applets, like the security centre - only run on PC's with Windows XP service pack 2 loaded.
In Windows XP there are (at least) two ways of accessing control panel applets purely with the keyboard.
When you are running the applet, you can navigate round it using the arrow keys and tab key. Use the enter key to select a button.
Close the Applet and the Control Panel using the Alt+F4 (function key 4) two key combination.
Add/Remove Programs: appwiz.cplLists currently installed programs.
Automatic Update: wuaucpl.cplDisplay/change automatic update state.
Accessibility Options: access.cplKeyboard, sound, mouse, display & general settings.
Date & Time Properties: timedate.cplDate & Time, Time Zone & Internet Time. The applet that runs when you click on the time in the task bar.
Display Properties: desk.cplThemes, desktop, screen save, appearance & settings
Firewall: firewall.cplGeneral Status, Exceptions and Advanced options.
Game Controllers: joy.cplJoystick/Game Controllers.
Hardware Wizard: hdwwiz.cplAdd Hardware Wizard.
Internet Properties: inetcpl.cplGeneral, security, privacy, content, connections, programs & advanced.
Local Information: telephon.cplPhone or modem connection information. Country/Region, Area Codes, Pulse/Tone dialing.
Network Connections: ncpa.cplLan or High Speed Internet Connection details & Wizards.
Network Setup Wizard: netsetup.cplHelps set-up your computer on a network.
Mouse Properties: main.cplButtons, pointers, pointer options, wheel & hardware.
ODBC Data Source Administration:odbccp32.cplUser DSN, system DSN, file DSN, drives, tracing, connection pooling & about.
Power Option Properties: powercfg.cplPower schemes, advanced, hibernate & UPS.
Regional and Language Options: intl.cplRegional options, languages & advanced.
Security Center: wscui.cplSecurity essentials: Firewall, automatic updates & virus protection status
Sound and Audio Devices Properties: mmsys.cplVoice, sounds, audio, voice & hardware. Note: Microsoft Sam is not here see in speech properties.
Speech Properties: sapi.cplMicrosoft's voices, with Microsoft Sam pre-loaded in Windows XP. Other voices (Mary & Mike) and better software can also be downloaded (free), see text to speech review.
System Properties: sysdm.cplSystem restore, automatic updates, remote, general, computer name, hardware & advanced.
User Accounts: nusrmgr.cplChange an account, create an account & change the way users log on.