How do I get the classic control Panel off my taskbar onto the desktop


  1. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
       #1

    How do I get the classic control Panel off my taskbar onto the desktop


    How do I get the classic control Panel off my taskbar onto the desktop where I want it to be?

    I called up control panel using Cortana on a Windows 10 Professional build 20H2 PC. Then I right-clicked the classic Control Panel and told it to pin it to the taskbar. It worked. It is now pinned to the taskbar taking up valuable space. I'd like to move it to my desktop where I have plenty of room. How do I do that?

    Thanks in advance!

    bob
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 34,900
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Several ways around this. Here's one:
    Open the control panel and rt click & drag from text Control Panel onto your desktop to create a shortcut:
    How do I get the classic control Panel off my taskbar onto the desktop-1.png

    Then unpin the taskbar icon.

    More: to avoid cluttering your desktop, consider
    How to Add or Remove Control Panel on Win+X Menu in Windows 10

    or add it as a tile or to the left of your Start Menu:
    How To Add Control Panel To Start Menu In Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    How to create a classic Control Panel icon on your desktop


    Here's how I did it based on your advice

    Right-click on the desktop in an open space.
    go to New
    Choose create shortcut
    browse to C:\Windows\System32\control.exe
    click Next
    Rename icon on desktop to Classic Control Panel
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 34,900
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    That's one way to do it- there are many.

    There's a tutorial... and a downloadable shortcut too!
    Create Control Panel Shortcut in Windows 10
      My Computers


 

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