alphabetical list of extensions

File extension .CPL

File description

Every single tool that is in the Control Panel is signified with a .CPL format in the Windows Operating System. The .CPL extensions in the Windows OS are executed automatically while the user starts the Control Panel feature. However, it may happen that the Control Panel files are often loaded using all the entries that are in the [MMCPL] part of the Control.ini file.

Some of the most common .CPL format files within Windows OS are:

Access.cpl is a file which is used to access the properties, Appwiz.cpl is used to add or remove the program properties. Desk.cpl is a file that leads to display properties with many more.

Description of the problem
If you have on your computer a .CPL file that you cannot open, you are in exactly the same situation as thousands of other people who have similar problems with this or any other unknown file.

There may be several reasons why you cannot open the file with .CPL extension. Directly on this website you can find a solution of the most common problem with the .CPL file – that you do not have on your computer the appropriate program to open the file.
From the list below, select the appropriate program, install it and double click on the icon of a file that did not want to open - the problem with the .CPL file extension should be solved. However, if this does not happen, go back to the website to learn about other possible causes of the error, which have been described at the bottom of the website.
System Files
File name: Windows Control Panel Item
Programs that will open this file:
Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows
The .CPL file extension can correspond to several not related file formats. If there is more than one file format with the .CPL extension, you will probably find most of them at this website. Remember that you need to download a program to support a particular file type. So first look through the entire contents of the website to select a program to support just the file you have.

Other possible reasons why your .CPL file does not want to open

In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .CPL file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:

1. Incorrect version of the installed application

A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .CPL file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .CPL file, so download the update and check again.

2. Incorrect .CPL file association with the program

If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:

  • Right-click the .CPL file
  • Go to the "Open with" - then "Choose default program ..."
  • Locate the appropriate application
  • Click "OK"

3. The file is corrupt

It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again.