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I have to frequently view network connections. I used to search for the string ip on Windows 7 (also on 8) to directly go to this.

Is there any way I can pin a Control Panel item to Start?

Currently I access network connections by pressing Win, i, p, down, down, Enter, Enter.

I am looking for anything with lesser steps.

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First we need to create a short-cut to Network Connections.

  1. Right click on an empty area on the desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.
  2. Copy rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL ncpa.cpl into the location area and click Next.
  3. Name it Network Connections. and click Finish.

That will do it, but you can change the icon to a network icon by the following:

  1. Right click and select properties of the Network Connections shortcut and select Change Icon.
  2. Copy "%SystemRoot%\System32\netshell.dll" for the path to "Look for icons in this file."
  3. Select your icon.


Now you just need to right click and pin your shortcut to Start.

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Thanks. It worked like a charm! :) –  Prasanth Oct 31 '12 at 3:18
@Prasanth Or you can just create a Shortcut with control ncpa.cpl. –  Lamb Dec 23 '12 at 10:29

Currently, there isn't a way to "pin" various Control Panel items onto the Start screen.

The best that you can do is view "Administrative tools" (Win + C --> Settings --> Tiles --> Show Administrative Tools) which contains a few more applications within the Start screen, but not specific areas of Control Panel.

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I know this has been already solved but, there is a much easier way to achieve this.
You can create a Shortcut to Network Connections by typing control ncpa.cpl in location field in New Shortcut Creation Wizard and you are done.

Extra Information:
Here is a list of lot of .cpl (Control Panel Items) by Microsoft, these can be used to create shortcut to any of them.

Syntax is control <any item from list>.cpl.
This syntax can be used with Run to access a lot control panel items easily.

PS: C:\Windows\System32\control.exe ncpa.cpl can also be used as location.

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Thanks for your answer! I haven't tested it yet. I am a superuser on ubuntu now :D –  Prasanth Dec 23 '12 at 15:44
Works pretty well. Thanks again! :) –  Prasanth Jul 15 '13 at 4:15

Hit windows key

Type "control"

Right click on the control panel icon, then click Open File Location

This will open up a windows folder

C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools\

There is a control panel shortcut icon there, right click again, and Open File Location.

Now a "Desktop" folder is open.

Right click on "Control Panel System Folder" and click "Pin to Start"

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