.CPL File Extension

File Type:
Windows Control Panel Item

Having trouble opening .cpl extension? Don't panic! This page explains what cpl files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open cpl files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a CPL file?

Cpl file extension has Windows Control Panel Item file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "system files" category.

These are files for control panel items in Windows OS: sound, displays, mouse, or Networking. They can be found in the System folder. Windows loads CPL files automatically when someone opens the Control Panel. CPL files just like all other files that are referenced by the operating system are not meant to be opened manually.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

cpl file icon
File Type:
Windows Control Panel Item
System Files

How to open CPL file?

Double click the cpl file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .cpl extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the cpl extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the cpl file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open CPL files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the cpl file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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