TUTORIAL: Create links to the programs in your Settings menu! A full explanation & never-before-published, full comparison list
An often-asked question concerns how you can set up direct links to the control panel applets (CPL's for short) in Start/Settings.
What's the point in all this, you may ask. Why not simply tap Start and, then, Settings and, finally, the icon you want to execute?
Yes, for a casual user, there's not much need in creating self-standing links to these files. There're, however, cases when this can prove really useful – for example, the case of including them in Today launcher plug-ins that, otherwise, don't let access to any of these applets otherwise. A well-known example of plug-ins like those is Resco File Explorer
's excellent Today plug-in or in the free cLaunch
. (Please see this
(alternatives: iPAQ HQ
, PPC Magazine
) for more info on these excellent applications and the alternatives.)
Most of these settings are invoked from a central dialog file, \Windows\cplmain.cpl
. Some additional, custom settings may have been put in a separate file, \Windows\mycpl.cpl
. Finally, third-party applications that install their own settings dialogs create their own .cpl files inside the \Windows
directory. For example, SOTi Pocket Controller (see this article
on it) creates a file DeviceConfig.cpl
, Mad Programmer's FileDialogChanger (see this article
on it) uses a file named filedlgchg.cpl
to offer the user the File Dialog Changer settings, Mad Programmer's Force Hi-resolution tool (see this article
on it) puts a ForceHires.cpl
file in there etc. The same stands for Spb Pocket Plus, MS Voice Command (please see this article
for a full roundup of all voice controller apps) and XCPUScalar.
What should I do?
It's simple: create a .lnk
file with the following contents:
is a number that I'll promptly elaborate on.
As has already been pointed out, only one file, cplmain.cpl
(or, with some device, mycpl.cpl
in addition) contains most of the settings accessible in Start/Settings. One file containing many small applets also means that you need to choose a particular one in some way. That's why you must index the file; this numeric index
(1, 2 etc.) tells cplmain.cpl
which particular applet you'd like to access.
As far as the possible values of this are concerned, there're standardized ones. If you check out the "iPAQ 3660" column in the comparison chart available here
(and disregard the 3 - Power record
and everything starting with "MyCpl – 0"
), you'll see what you can expect from any Pocket PC 2002+ Pocket PC.
Note that WM2003 added the standard 22-Manage Certificates
and WM5 the standard 24-Error reporting
and, with most WM5 Pocket PC devices, 25-GPS
. Also, Pocket PC Phone Edition devices, regardless of their operating system version, also use the 20 - Phone Settings
index. Finally, all Pocket PC's with the Microsoft BT stack use 23 – MS Bluetooth
too. (Devices with the Widcomm BT stack use the separate \Windows\BTConfigCE.cpl
It's also very important to point out that 3 – Power
and 6 – Backlight
is not necessarily available in all devices. For example, the iPAQ 2210 lacks both, the iPAQ 3660 lacks 6 – Backlight
, while all the other listed devices have them all.
Also note the records starting with MyCpl
are, as you may have already guessed, non-standard ones. It's there that the two iPAQ's have some essential applets (Backlight and, with the 2210, also Power) and some additional goodies.
Please note that lists compiled by others (for example the XDA-Developers one
) are not generic enough and may contain several mistakes. Therefore, it's best not to rely on them at all. Also remember that you can freely test any indexes – you won't crash your Pocket PC if a particular index is unused.
You don't want to manually create .lnk files?
No problem, I've already done it for you! Just download this file
and extract the link file(s) you'll need.
Note that the root directry of the ZIP file only contains CPL links that are guaranteed to work on all PPC2k2+ devices. I've put the additional ones in subdirectories – for example, links belonging to later operating systems (directories FromWM2003
), the 3 – Power
and 6 – Backlight
PCL's, the MS BT stack
link and the PPC Phone Edition Phone Settings
Also, there's a separate subdirectory 'mycpl
' for (unnamed – as you can also see in the comparison chart, indexes are wildly different between different devices) MyCpl link files.
Hope you'll find this information / my files useful. I really hope you'll like the new ability to include all this functionality in the Resco Today plug-in and/or cLaunch – or, for that matter, your operating system-level scripts!