How to open the Control Panel on Windows 10

Windows 10 still contains the Control Panel. Some settings appear only in the Control Panel, some in the Settings app, and some in both. Here's how to find the Control Panel, which is a little more hidden than in Windows 7.

On Windows 7, you can click the Start button and click "Control Panel". On Windows 8 and 8.1, you can right-click the Start button or press Windows + X and click "Control Panel". None of these methods work on the latest version of Windows.

However, starting the Control Panel on Windows 10 is very simple: click the Start button or press the Windows key, type "Control Panel" in the search box in the Start menu and press Enter. Windows will search for and open the Control Panel application.

If you use the Control Panel often, right-click on the Control Panel's taskbar icon after launching it and select “Pin to System Tray”. You can then easily launch it from the taskbar.

You can also create a desktop shortcut in the Control Panel. Open the Start menu, scroll down to the bottom of the applications list in the left pane and click on the “Windows System” folder. Drag and drop the "Control Panel" shortcut to your desktop.

You also have other ways to run Control Panel. For example, you can press Windows + R to open a Run dialog box, then type “control” or “control panel” and press Enter.

This command can also be run from a command prompt or from the PowerShell window.

Often you don't need to go directly to the Control Panel, that's what Microsoft counts on. Even while using the Settings application, many settings pages link to individual Control Panel applets that offer additional settings.

The new Add or Remove Programs pane in Settings also links to the classic Programs and Features tool, also known as the “Uninstall or change a program” pane.

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Further Reading:

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  • How to Open Control Panel on Windows
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  • How to see if the Windows PC is 32 or 64 bit
  • How to open and where is Windows 10 Device Manager

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