Have you ever lost 6 minutes of your life trying to find a network adapter in Windows? Yeah, me too. Windows really started to mess with everyone’s mind back in Windows 8 when they moved stuff around with that horrible metro UI. Since then the menus have been very confusing. Where the heck did the control panel go? Why are there settings in the settings menu instead of the control panel!
I don’t have the answers to those questions, but I can help you to find the Network Connections panel in 1 second. You see, all of the menus in the control panel have shortcuts that you can just run from the command line.
To open Network Connections from pretty much any version of Windows you will encounter just run:
If you are wondering what else you can open like this here is a useful list:
Control panel tool Command ----------------------------------------------------------------- Accessibility Options control access.cpl Add New Hardware control sysdm.cpl add new hardware Add/Remove Programs control appwiz.cpl Date/Time Properties control timedate.cpl Display Properties control desk.cpl FindFast control findfast.cpl Fonts Folder control fonts Internet Properties control inetcpl.cpl Joystick Properties control joy.cpl Keyboard Properties control main.cpl keyboard Microsoft Exchange control mlcfg32.cpl (or Windows Messaging) Microsoft Mail Post Office control wgpocpl.cpl Modem Properties control modem.cpl Mouse Properties control main.cpl Multimedia Properties control mmsys.cpl Network Properties control netcpl.cpl NOTE: In Windows NT 4.0, Network properties is Ncpa.cpl, not Netcpl.cpl Password Properties control password.cpl PC Card control main.cpl pc card (PCMCIA) Power Management (Windows 95) control main.cpl power Power Management (Windows 98) control powercfg.cpl Printers Folder control printers Regional Settings control intl.cpl Scanners and Cameras control sticpl.cpl Sound Properties control mmsys.cpl sounds System Properties control sysdm.cpl