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.Note
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.
Apr 11, 2020 How to Change Default Control Panel Icons in Windows 10 In addition to Settings, you can use the Control Panel to change settings for Windows 10. These settings control nearly everything about how Windows looks and works, and you can use them to set up Windows so that it's just right for you.
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.
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.
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.
If you are unfamiliar with what each .CPL file does, try one of the following suggestions.
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.
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.
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 Icon||Associated file||95/98/ME||NT||2000/XP||Vista/7/8|
Fonts / Mouse / Keyboard / Printers Properties
Intel Pro Set
|Infrared Settings properties||irprops.cpl||Yes|||
|Java Control Panel||jpicpl32.cpl||*|||
|Javaplug-in x.x.x - This icon and its associated file changes by version.||plugincplx_x.cpl||*||*||*||*|
|Joystick Properties or Game Controllers.||joy.cpl||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
liccpa.cpl Word table cell vertical alignment.
Mail and Fax
|Microsoft Mail Post Office||wgpocpl.cpl||Yes|
|Multimedia / Sounds||mmsys.cpl||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Network Connections properties||ncpa.cpl||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Nview Desktop Manager||nvtuicpl.cpl||||*|
|Power Options properties||powercfg.cpl||Yes||Yes|
|Scanners and Cameras||sticpl.cpl||||||Yes|||
|Services and Devices||srvmgr.cpl||Yes|
|Telephony or Phone and Modem Options Properties.||telephon.cpl||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|User Accounts properties||nusrmgr.cpl||Yes|||
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.
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.
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;
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.
When you are using Outlook 2016, Outlook 2019 or Office 365, then you can also open the Mail Setup dialog via;
Opening the Mail Setup dialog from within Outlook.
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.
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.