5 Ways to Open Network Connections from CMD and Windows 10 GUI

In this guide you will learn how to open Network Connections on Windows 10 from CMD (Command Line), PowerShell, Run dialogue, Settings app and Control Panel.

Network Connections is a Control Panel applet but it is still actively used in Windows 10 because Microsoft has not developed its substitute in modern Settings app.

Admins and experienced users often need to launch the Network Connections applet for various purposes: change the IP-address for Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection, enable / disable IPv6, assign Google DNS for the current PC, etc.

No matter which method you use, you will see the same Network Connections applet open:

Network Connections Windows 10

Open the Network Connections Applet Using Run Dialogue

You can open the applet using the command right from the Run dialogue without actually launching command line (a.k.a. cmd):

  • Press Win+R key combination
  • Type ncpa.cpl (you can copy and paste the command into the “open” field).
  • Hit Enter or click OKquickly open Network Connections from cmd

Open Network Connections from CMD

  • Press Win+R.
  • Type cmd
  • Hit Enter or click OK to launch Command Line: run cmd on Windows 10
  • type ncpa.cpl
  • Hit Enter: ncpa.cpl from cmd

Open Network Connections from PowerShell

Almost the same steps:

  • Right-click the Windows 10 Start Button.
  • Select Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell (Admin): Run Windows PowerShell in two clicks Windows 10
  • Type ncpa.cpl 
  • Hit Enter: ncpa.cpl from PowerShell

Open the Network Connections Applet from Modern Settings App

  • Right-click the network icon in the Taskbar and select Open Network and Internet settings: quickly open Network and Sharing Center Windows 10Alternatively you can open the Settings app from Start menu, Action Center or by pressing Win+I key combination and click on the Network & Internet section: Network & Internet Settings Windows 10
  • Select Status in the left pane.
  • Click on the Change adapter options link: Change Adapter options Windows 10
    It will bring you directly to Network Connections.

Open Network Connections from Control Panel Itself

  • Open the Control Panel. In the latest build of Windows 10 the fastest way to do it is to press Win+R key combination, type control and hit Enter: open control panel Windows 10 run
  • If the Category view is selected, click on View network status and tasks: Open Network status Control Panel
  • If the Small icons view is active, click on Network and Sharing Center: open Network and Sharing center Control PanelEither way, the Network Connections applet will show up.

Thank you.

6 thoughts on “5 Ways to Open Network Connections from CMD and Windows 10 GUI”

  1. But how do you do it elevated? This is great if your already running as an administrator, but how do you do this from a regular user account? RunAs and starting cmd as Administrator doesn’t work. If you right-click the Properties of an adapter, it’s greyed out. Thanks

  2. A 6th Way To Open “Network Connections” – I looked at your CMD and POWERSHELL methods, and simplified: Create a new desktop Shortcut: When the windows shortcut wizard prompts you to “Type the location of this item”, reply ncpa.cpl – Click Next. – On the next screen “Type a name for this shortcut”, – Click Finish, and you’re done! (The shortcut “target” automatically gets stored by the wizard as: C:\windows\system32\ncpa.cpl with a type of Control Panel Item)
    I’m on Windows 10 Pro, version 20H2 OS Build(19042.867).


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