The Control Panel is one of the most important parts of your Microsoft Windows system. If you'd like to customize which icons appear in your Control Panel, continue reading for suggested methods.


If you're running Windows ME, XP or later, we recommend that you do not customize your Control Panel icons. Instead, we suggest that Control Panel be configured to show icons in Classic View, see: Unable to find icons in Windows Control Panel.


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  1. The exact location of the Mail icon depends on your version of Windows and your layout settings of the Control Panel. If your Control Panel is in the Classic layout, you should see the Mail icon directly in the list of icons. For a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, the icon would be listed in the “View 32-bit Control Panel Items” section.
  2. Oct 23, 2018  The Mail icon to manage your Outlook Mail Profile may sometimes be hard to find indeed, especially on Windows 10. When you are using Windows 10, make sure you open “Control Panel” and not.
  3. Aug 09, 2008  Windows 10. All builds: Begin typing control panel in the Cortana search field or in the search field in Settings. (It should come up before you finish typing 'control'.) Either change the view to large or small icons (1) and look for the Mail applet or type mail in the search field (2) and let Windows find it.Double click on Mail to open it.

Microsoft Windows XP and later revisions of Windows users can enable and remove Control Panel icons with the TweakUI program.

After TweakUI has been installed, check and uncheck the icons you want or do not want to display in the Windows Control Panel under the Control Panel section.

Adding Control Panel icons

Users can add a Windows Control Panel icon by installing the software program or hardware device related to the icon. If doing this does not install an icon into the Windows Control Panel that is either listed in the below chart or has been present in the past, follow the steps below.

  1. Reinstall the software program or hardware device associated with the program. During reinstallation, the necessary .CPL file is copied back onto the computer.
  2. Manually copy, expand, and extract the .cpl file back into the Windows System or System 32 directory.

Unless your software program or hardware device has a .cpl file associated with it, the program will not create an icon in your Control Panel.

Manually running a Windows Control Panel .cpl file

If you are unfamiliar with what each .CPL file does, try one of the following suggestions.

  1. Manually execute many of the .CPL files by typing control <name of .cpl file>.cpl. See the control command page for additional information and help with this command.
  2. Users can also use the rundll32 file to open the Control Panel icons. Below is an example of how a user would open the Date/Time Properties window using the rundll32 file. If you want to run an alternate .cpl file, replace the TimeDate.cpl with a different .cpl file.

Outlook 2010 No Mail Icon In Control Panel

Hiding Control Panel icons

If you want to hide an icon from being displayed in the Control Panel, you can delete or move the icon as explained in the steps below or hide the icon by editing the control.ini file.

Removing Control Panel icons

Using the Microsoft find utility, users can locate all .cpl files on their computer.

Once all the .cpl files have been found, locate the file associated with your icon and delete the file or move it to an alternate location.

Files associated with Control Panel icons

Below is a small chart of the available files and their associated Control Panel icons. Note that not all of the files or icons below are available in all versions of Microsoft Windows. They may be missing because the associated hardware device, software program, or other setting is not installed. Icons that have an asterisk in the availability section indicate that third-party software must be installed before the icon is displayed.

Control Panel IconAssociated file95/98/MENT2000/XPVista/7/8
AC3 Filterac3filter.cpl*

Accessibility Options


Add/Remove Hardwarehdwwiz.cplYesYesYesYes

Add/Remove Programs


adobe gamma.cpl***
Automatic Updateswuaucpl.cplYes

MS-DOS Console











Fonts / Mouse / Keyboard / Printers Properties






Intel Pro Set



Internet properties


Infrared Settings propertiesirprops.cplYes
Java Control Paneljpicpl32.cpl*
Javaplug-in x.x.x - This icon and its associated file changes by version.plugincplx_x.cpl****
Joystick Properties or Game


liccpa.cpl Word table cell vertical alignment.





Mail and Fax


Microsoft Mail Post Officewgpocpl.cplYes


Multimedia / Soundsmmsys.cplYesYesYesYes
Network Connections propertiesncpa.cplYesYesYes
Network Propertiesnetcpl.cplYes
Nview Desktop Managernvtuicpl.cpl*
Power Options propertiespowercfg.cplYesYes
Regional Settingsintl.cplYesYesYesYes
Scanners and Camerassticpl.cplYes
Security Centerwscui.cplYesYes
Services and Devicessrvmgr.cplYes
SCSI Adaptersdevapps.cplYes
Speech Propertiessapi.cplYes
System Propertiessysdm.cplYesYesYes
Tape Devicesdevapps.cplYes
Telephony or Phone and Modem Options Properties.telephon.cplYesYesYes
User Accounts propertiesnusrmgr.cplYes

Microsoft Windows stores information about each of the icons that are shown in the Control Panel in files with the .CPL extension. If these files are present and not corrupted, Microsoft Windows displays these icons, otherwise, these icons will not be visible. The Control Panel files can be in the C:WindowsSystem, C:WindowsSystem32, or C:Winntsystem32 folders once new hardware or software is installed.

Additional information

  • See our Control Panel definition for further information and related links.

I’m trying to make a change to my Mail Profile and I was advised to go to Control Panel-> Mail. However, when I go to Control Panel, there is no Mail icon.

Where exactly is it located?

The Mail icon to manage your Outlook Mail Profile may sometimes be hard to find indeed, especially on Windows 10.

When you are using Windows 10, make sure you open “Control Panel” and not “Settings”. When you open the Start Menu, simply type “Control Panel” to find it.

Another reason why you may not be able to find it is when you’ve installed Office or Outlook via the Windows Store. In that case, there is no Mail applet added to Control Panel.

Luckily, there are 2 additional easy methods to open the dialog to manage your Outlook Mail Profiles.

The Mail Setup dialog allows you to manage or reset your Outlook email configuration outside of Outlook.

Note: For instructions about managing your accounts and recreating your mail profile via the Mail applet see; Adding/Recreating a Mail Profile.

Method 1: Control Panel

If your Control Panel is in the classic icon layout, you should see the Mail applet directly in the list of icons.


If your Control Panel is set to “View by: Category” you can find the Mail applet in;

  • Windows 7: User Accounts and Family Safety
  • Windows 8: User Accounts and Family Safety
  • Windows 10: User Accounts

You can also quickly find it by typing “mail” in the search box in the right top corner of Control Panel.

Mail applet of Outlook 2016 in the Control Panel of Windows 10.

Method 2: Manage Profiles from within Outlook

When you are using Outlook 2016, Outlook 2019 or Office 365, then you can also open the Mail Setup dialog via;

  • File-> section: Info-> button: Account Settings-> Manage Profiles

Opening the Mail Setup dialog from within Outlook.

No Mail Icon In Control Panel Windows 10

Method 3: Command line switch

When you are using Outlook 2016, Outlook 2019 or Office 365 (version 1806 or later), then you can also open the Mail Setup dialog with the /managemailprofiles switch.

  • Start-> type; outlook.exe /manageprofiles

Opening the Mail Setup dialog from the Start Menu with a command line switch.

Note 1: There is a space in the command after outlook.exe.

Note 2: For an overview of the available command line switches and more details on how to use them see the guide; Command line switches for Outlook.