Show-ControlPanelItem

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.

Parameters
-CanonicalName <String[]>

  • This value is required

Specifies control panel items by using the specified canonical names or name patterns. Wildcard characters are permitted. If you enter multiple names, this cmdlet opens control panel items that match any of the names, as if the items in the name list were separated by an OR operator.

-InputObject [<ControlPanelItem[]>]

Specifies control panel items to open by submitting control panel item objects. Enter a variable that contains control panel item objects, or type a command or expression that gets control panel item objects, such as Get-ControlPanelItem.

-Name <String[]>

  • This value is required
  • Accepts pipeline input ByValue

Specifies names of control panel items. Wildcard characters are permitted. If you enter multiple names, this cmdlet opens control panel items that match any of the names, as if the items in the name list were separated by an OR operator.

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug,ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, WarningAction, WarningVariable,OutBuffer, PipelineVariable, and OutVariable.

Inputs

System.String, Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.ControlPanelItem

You can pipe a name or control panel item object to this cmdlet.

Outputs

None

This cmdlet does not return any output.

Examples
  1. Show a control panel item:
    PS C:> Show-ControlPanelItem -Name "AutoPlay"
    

    This command shows the AutoPlay item.

  2. 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.

  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.

Related Links

Get-ControlPanelItem