I think you didn't read my original reply -- Search is fine if you already know the name -- what if you don't have a clue what the option is called or even part of it -- at least on control panel you can go through all the various options.
If you already know what the name is then the settings thing is just fine.
I know you know your stuff and are usually very helpful - but please actually see what the posters problem is before answering with a solution - which of course technically correct doesn't address the problem being raised.
jimbo have you tried using search, without using a correct name, and just using short descriptions? It works fine. Unless you can give me an example...
you need to type in at least one letter to get the search menu to appear and then you can do a bit of searching - I refuse to even consider that Cortana abomination !!!!!
Still a cack handed way of doing it when you can just bring up Control panel and very easily see all the relevant options either by category with limited descriptions or by small / large icons.
Intelligent search (i.e when you know a part of the string) is always a great tool but not so good when you haven't really got a a clue what you need in the first place - whereas a list of the available options in a particular category - i.e control panel is IMO a much more user friendly and useful way of doing it.
W8 suffered hideously by not having a cascadable menu - which meant endless scrolling like a mobile phone. I think people realize on a PC how valuable cascadable items are -- and the control panel brings all those items of admin type function into one place.
So I still think it's a mistake by MS to get rid of it without having suitable alternatives.
Anybody who has done any teaching at any level will tell you that RECOGNITION is always easier than RECALL - so looking at the available options is a far superior way if you are unsure than relying on memory and then typing in various things into a search engine.
"God Mode.". . .
Ok I think I understand what you mean now.
Say I don't really know what setting or option I need, a good visual(icons and text a bit spread out in groups) is easier to possibly find what it is you need. The settings app is a bit scrunched together, and the links descriptions are sometimes not well placed/named until one mouses over, so a setting or option might get overlooked.
Thanks for the interesting stuff on this thread folks. . .learned something new and wonderful today. . .with my brain it is always nice to learn something new. Now I have the Settings app pinned to my start screen. And here I was worrying about what I was going to us all that space for on my new Samsung 5K screen. . .WOW now it looks great. . .Tanks Gang. . .
Lee you can pin individual settings from the app to Start. For example I have Update pinned as I go there often, and don't want to click around.
Related, but slightly off topic
Is there any way to pin the Check for Updates part of the Store to the start menu, I don't use the store much, mainly just to see if any apps have an update