Start tasks with RunDLL

Some Windows Explorer features such as My Computer, Recycle Bin, etc. may be started from Advanced Task Scheduler. To do it type "rundll32.exe" in the task properties dialog box under Executable file name label and under Command line arguments label type one of the following strings (without quotes). Like this:

Start tasks with RunDLL
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Note that some function can start only under Windows NT and other functions can start only under Windows 9x.

Control Panel

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL" - displays all the Control Panel icons in an Explorer view

Accessibility Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,5" - displays the Accessibility General properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,1" - displays the Accessibility Keyboard properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,2" - displays the Accessibility Sound properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,3" - displays the Accessibility Display properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,4" - displays the Accessibility Mouse properties

Add New Hardware Wizard

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl @1" - runs the Add New Hardware wizard

Add New Printer Wizard

"shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL AddPrinter" - runs the Add New Printer wizard

Add/Remove Programs Property Page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,1" - displays the Install/Uninstall tab selected

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,2" - displays the Windows Setup tab selected

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,3" - displays the Startup Disk tab selected


"syncui.dll,Briefcase_Create" - Creates a new Briefcase on the desktop

Copy Disk Dialog

"diskcopy.dll,DiskCopyRunDll" - displays the Copy Disk dialog for removable media

Create New Shortcut

"appwiz.cpl,NewLinkHere {filename}" - Displays the Create New Shortcut dialog. Completing the filename in the dialog creates a shortcut at the location specified by {filename}

Date & Time Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,0" - displays Set Date & Time properties tab

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1" - displays the Time Zone properties tab

Dial Up Networking (DUN)

"rnaui.dll,RnaDial {connection name}" - displays the Connect To dialog for the passed connection. If connected, displays the connection status dialog.

"rnaui.dll,RnaWizard" - displays the Dial Up Networking Connection Wizard

Display Options

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0" - displays the Background tab selected

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1" - displays the Screen Saver tab selected

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,2" - displays the Appearance tab selected

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,3" - displays the Settings tab selected

Note: Your video adapter may install other property pages into DESK.CPL dynamically when selected with its own icon (i.e an ATI or Matrox control panel icon). Additionally, it also may invoke its own control panel applet mimicking the Windows display options.


"shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL FontsFolder" - displays the Fonts Folder in Explorer view

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @3" - Also displays the Fonts Folder in Explorer view

Format Drive Dialog (floppy disk only)

"shell32.dll,SHFormatDrive" - displays the floppy disk Format Drive dialog. Causes the Drive A to be accessed on showing.

Game Controllers

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL joy.cpl,,0" - displays the Game Controllers General property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL joy.cpl,,1" - displays the Game Controllers Advanced property page


"mshtml.dll,PrintHTML {HTML doc to print}" - sends the passed file to the printer

Internet Explorer 4 Control Panel

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl" - displays Internet Properties, General tab

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,0" - displays Internet Properties, General tab (same as above)

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,1" - displays Internet Properties, Security tab

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,2" - displays Internet Properties, Content tab

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,3" - displays the Internet Control Panel, Connection tab

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,4" - displays the Internet Control Panel, Programs tab

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,5" - displays the Internet Control Panel, Advanced tab

Joystick Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL joy.cpl" - displays the Joystick property page

Mail and Fax Options

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mlcfg32.cpl" - displays the Microsoft Exchange Profiles general property page

Mail Postoffice Options

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL wgpocpl.cpl" - displays the Microsoft Postoffice Workgroup Admin property page

Main Group Options/Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @0" - displays Mouse Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1" - displays Keyboard Properties, Speed tab

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1,,1" - displays Keyboard Properties, Language tab

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1,,2" - displays Keyboard Properties, General tab

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @2" - displays the Printers Folder (including Add Printer)

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @3" - displays the Fonts Folder in Explorer view

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @4" - displays Power Management Properties

Mouse and Keyboard

"keyboard,disable" - Disable the keyboard

"mouse,disable" - Disable the Mouse


"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL modem.cpl,,add" - Runs the Add New Modem wizard

Multimedia & Sound Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0" - displays the Multimedia/Audio property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1" - displays the Multimedia/Video property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,2" - displays the Multimedia/MIDI property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,3" - displays the Multimedia/CD Music property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,4" - displays the Multimedia/Advanced property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl @1" - displays the Sound Properties page

Network Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL netcpl.cpl" - displays the Networks properties, Configuration tab

ODBC32 Data Source Administrator

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL odbccp32.cpl" - displays the ODBC32 Data Source Administrator properties dialog

Open With

"shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL {drive:\path\filename}" - displays the application/file "Open With" dialog. Passing the full file drive, path and name as a parameter will cause the dialog to display the line "Click the program you want to use to open the file `{drive:\path\filename}'".

About windows

"shell32,ShellAboutA {Info-Box}" - Opens 'About Windows' Window and displays text from {Info-Box} in the description.

Passwords Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL password.cpl" - displays the Passwords properties, Change Passwords tab

Power Management Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL powercfg.cpl" - displays the Power Management properties, Power Schemes tab


"shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL PrintersFolder" - displays the Printers Folder (including Add Printer)

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @2" - Also displays the Printers Folder (including Add Printer)

"msprint2.dll,RUNDLL_PrintTestPage" - Prints the test page on the current printer

Regional Settings

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,0" - displays the Regional Settings property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,1" - displays the Numbers property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,2" - displays the Currency property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,3" - displays the Time property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,4" - displays the Date property page

Screen Saver Installation

"desk.cpl,InstallScreenSaver c:\win\system\Flying Windows.scr" - Installs the new screen saver and runs the display/screen saver preview property page. Specify a valid path to the screen saver file to install. If you are installing a new screen saver, first copy the screen saver file into the windows\system folder, then execute the above command. This will install the specified saver as the current screen saver. It will not copy the file into the windows\system folder. Replace the string above with the name of your actual .scr file.

System Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,0" - displays the General property page. Also this property page may be started by WIN-PAUSE BREAK keys.

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,1" - displays the Device Manager property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,2" - displays the Hardware Profiles property page

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,3" - displays the Performance property page


"shell,shellexecute Explorer" - restart an Explorer

"krnl386.exe,exitkernel" - exit from Windows 9x without any confirmation

"user,exitwindowsexec" - hot restart Windows.

"user,exitwindows" - forces Windows to shutdown, and wait either to be turned off, or reset

Telephony Properties

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL telephon.cpl users" - displays the Dialing Properties dialog

Users Properties (Win98)

"shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl users" - displays the Multi-User Settings properties dialog (MSFamily Networking Login)


"user,cascadechildwindows" - Cascade Windows

"user,tilechildwindows" - Tile Windows

"user,repaintscreen" - Repaint Desktop

"user,swapmousebutton" - Swap the mouse buttons

"user,setcursorpos" - Move mouse cursor to (0,0)

"user,setcaretblinktime" - Set the caret blink time

"user, setdoubleclicktime" - Set the double click time

"user,wnetconnectdialog"" - Show "Map Network Drive" dialog

"user,wnetdisconnectdialog" - Show "Disconnect Network Disk" dialog

"user,disableoemlayer" - Show BSOD ('''Blue Screen Of Death''')


"rundll32 sysdm.cpl,InstallDevice_Rundll" - Search non-PnP devices.

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