Can't fix Control Panel default view: small icons

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  1. Posts : 136
    Win 10
       #1

    Can't fix Control Panel default view: small icons


    When I open Control Panel I prefer the small icon view not the Category view. For the years I've used Win 10, it has always opened to small icon view. And if it was Category view, all I'd need to do is use small icon view and it was then fixed for the next time I opened Control Panel.


    Recently it's been stuck on Category view, I've tried the 2 common fixes for this:


    REGEDIT ForceClassicControlPanel = 1


    Or the Group Policy fix, since i have Win 10 Pro.


    The only thing I can think of is the change I made to the aerolite Theme to make thicker borders on windows. Maybe this is a bug or a OS corruption.


    Any suggestions on fixing this?
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  2. Posts : 35,421
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, what happens if you try
    Win key + r,
    explorer shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

    - should => CP with small icons.
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  3. Posts : 136
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    That works perfectly.


    I have a Desktop icon I use to open Control panel. I just made a new shortcut and put in your code for "Target" and it works. I changed the icon to the Control Panel icon. So it looks and acts like I want.


    This is a workaround, yet I guess it bugs me that I can't get it to work the normal way. Thanks for the workaround. If you have any more ideas let me know, otherwise I'll just let this be the solution.
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  4. Posts : 35,421
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Good.. how were you trying to open it?
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  5. Posts : 136
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    The only way I've ever opened it is from a shortcut on the desktop. Now that I made my own shortcut with the code from you, it's pretty much solved
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  6. Posts : 35,421
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Ok.. don't know if this is of interest- I use Open Shell - an option is to have the CP expand thus on hovering over Control Panel:
    Can't fix Control Panel default view: small icons-untitled.png

    Double clicking Control Panel opens it in small icons view.

    Note: if you wish you could put that shortcut into your Win 10 start menu by adding it to e.g.
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
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  7. Posts : 136
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    What I do is hit the "Show Desktop" icon on my taskbar and then dbl click the desktop icon. I've never been a big fan of the Start button. I like just using Desktop Icons. I do have a 3rd party Classic Start button on my other computer, because the Win 7 Start button had a feature I needed.

    Thanks so much for solving this issue for me. I love this forum!
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  8. Posts : 35,421
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

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  9. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    You don`t need open shell, just add the Control Panel (W7 style) to the start menu, or pin it right on the Taskbar, 1 click done.

    You say you`re not a fan of the Start Menu, but how often does one have to go into the Control Panel.
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  10. Posts : 136
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    I can access Control Panel easier as a Desktop Icon than the Start button
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