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This is the built-in help made by Microsoft for the command 'Show-ControlPanelItem', in PowerShell version 5 - as retrieved from Windows version 'Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard' PowerShell help files on 2016-06-23.

For PowerShell version 3 and up, where you have Update-Help, this command was run just before creating the web pages from the help files.


Opens control panel items.


Show-ControlPanelItem [-Name] <String[]> [-InformationAction {SilentlyContinue | Stop | Continue | Inquire | Ignore | Suspend}] [-InformationVariable [<System.String>]]
Show-ControlPanelItem [-InformationAction {SilentlyContinue | Stop | Continue | Inquire | Ignore | Suspend}] [-InformationVariable [<System.String>]] -CanonicalName
<String[]> [<CommonParameters>]
Show-ControlPanelItem [[-InputObject] [<ControlPanelItem[]>]] [-InformationAction {SilentlyContinue | Stop | Continue | Inquire | Ignore | Suspend}] [-InformationVariable
[<System.String>]] [<CommonParameters>]

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The Show-ControlPanelItem cmdlet opens control panel items on the local computer. You can use it to open control panel items by name, category, or description, even on
systems that do not have a user interface, and you can pipe control panel items from Get-ControlPanelItem to Show-ControlPanelItem.

Show-ControlPanelItem searches only the control panel items that can be opened on the system. On computers that do not have Control Panel or File Explorer,
Show-ControlPanelItem searches only control panel items that can open without these components.

This cmdlet is introduced in Windows PowerShell 3.0. It works only on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Because this cmdlet requires a user interface, it does not work on
Server Core installations of Windows Server.



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Example 1: Open a Control Panel Item

PS C:\>Show-ControlPanelItem –Name AutoPlay

Example 2: Pipe a control panel item to Show-ControlPanelItem

PS C:\>Get-ControlPanelItem –Name "Windows Firewall" | Show-ControlPanelItem

This command opens the Windows Firewall control panel item on the local computer. It uses the Get-ControlPanelItem cmdlet to get the control panel item and the
Show-ControlPanelItem cmdlet to open it.

Example 3: Use a file name to open a control panel item

PS C:\>appwiz

This command opens the Programs and Features control panel item by using its application name. The .cpl file name extension is not required in the command.

This method is an alternative to using a Show-ControlPanelItem command.

In Windows PowerShell 3.0, you can omit the .cpl file name extension for control panel item files because it is included in the value of the PathExt environment variable.