Opens control panel items.
Show-ControlPanelItem [-Name*] <String> [<CommonParameters>]
Show-ControlPanelItem -CanonicalName* <String> [<CommonParameters>]
Show-ControlPanelItem [[-InputObject] [<ControlPanelItem>]] [<CommonParameters>]
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. You can pipe control panel items from the Get-ControlPanelItem cmdlet to Show-ControlPanelItem.
Show-ControlPanelItem searches only 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 was 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.
You can pipe a name or control panel item object to this cmdlet.
This cmdlet does not return any output.
- Show a control panel item:
PS C:> Show-ControlPanelItem -Name "AutoPlay"
This command shows the AutoPlay item.
- Pipe a control panel item to this cmldet:
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.
- 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.