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    Open Control Panel in Windows 10

    How to Open the Control Panel in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    17 Apr 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Open the Control Panel in Windows 10


    You can use Control Panel to change settings for Windows. These settings control nearly everything about how Windows looks and works, and you can use them to set up Windows so that it's just right for you.

    In Windows 10, there are a few different ways to find and change your settings: Settings app, Control Panel, app settings, and search. Most of the settings that you'll want to change can be found in the Settings app.

    The Control Panel allows you to view and change settings (controls) for Windows via applets.

    Settings is a modern touch friendly version of the Control Panel that will eventually replace the Control Panel in Windows 10.

    This tutorial will show you how to open the Control Panel in Windows 10, and to change it to display with the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.


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    EXAMPLE: Control Panel in Large icons, Small icons, or Category view
    Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_large_icons.jpg Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_small_icons.jpg
    Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_category.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Open Control Panel from Start menu All Apps


    1 Open All Apps in the Start menu . (see screenshot below)

    2 Click/tap on the Windows System folder to expand it open.

    3 Click/tap on Control Panel.

    4 Select to view the Control Panel in either the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

    Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_start_menu_all_apps.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Open Control Panel from Full Screen Start menu All Apps


    1 Open the full screen Start menu . (see screenshot below)

    2 Click/tap on the All Apps icon at the top left.

    3 Click/tap on the Windows System folder to expand it open.

    4 Click/tap on Control Panel.

    5 Select to view the Control Panel in either the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

    Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_full_screen_start_menu_all_apps.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    Open Control Panel from Search


    1 Open Search (Win+S) or the Start menu .

    2 Type Control Panel into the search box.

    3 When Control Panel is found and selected in the top left pane, either press Enter or click/tap on Open in the right pane.

    4 Select to view the Control Panel in either the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

    Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_search.jpg






    OPTION FOUR

    Open Control Panel from Run


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run.

    2 Type control into the Run dialog box, and either click/tap on OK or press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    3 Select to view the Control Panel in either the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

    Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_run.png






    OPTION FIVE

    Open Control Panel from File Explorer Address Bar


    1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Click/tap on the first arrow on the left side in the address bar. (see screenshot below)

    3 Click/tap on Control Panel in the drop menu.

    4 Select to view the Control Panel in either the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

    Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_file_explorer_address_bar.jpg






    OPTION SIX

    Open Control Panel from File Explorer Navigation Pane


    This option is only available if you turned on Show all folders for the navigation pane in File Explorer.


    1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Click/tap on Control Panel in the navigation pane.

    3 Select to view the Control Panel in either the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

    Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_navigation_pane_show_all_folders.jpg






    OPTION SEVEN

    Open Control Panel from Command Prompt or PowerShell


    1 Open a command prompt or PowerShell console window.

    2 Type control into the console window, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    3 Select to view the Control Panel in either the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

    Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_command_prompt.png Open Control Panel in Windows 10-control_panel_powershell.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. elbmek's Avatar
    Posts : 1,380
    Win 10 x 64 Home
       #1

    control panel does not save settings eg: layout
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,805
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #2

    Hello Elbmek,

    What you mean??
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  3. Posts : 1
    10/7
       #3

    big help thank you
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  4. elbmek's Avatar
    Posts : 1,380
    Win 10 x 64 Home
       #4

    it always open in categories instead of small icons which I had set.

    Incidently, I have placed control panel shortcut on desktop, the facility was in settings
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  5. elbmek's Avatar
    Posts : 1,380
    Win 10 x 64 Home
       #5

    Its ok now brink, since I put the panel icon on the desktop, its begun to function as per settings :)
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,805
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #6

    Great news Elbmek.
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  7. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       #7

    is there any way to return windows update icon to control panel in windows 10 pro x64
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,805
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #8

    Kalvcivs said:
    is there any way to return windows update icon to control panel in windows 10 pro x64
    Sorry, but no. It's been deprecated.
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  9. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #9

    None of the above three options work on my PC (updated to Windows 10 a week ago). 'Control panel', 'system icons', etc. do not appear under 'This PC' (or anywhere else, as far as I can tell) - is there some setting that would give a more detailed view?

    Perhaps the above options only work on the 'Pro' versions of Windows 10, not the 'home' versions. Currently, it is very frustrating to use the updated PC, as all the options that were at my fingertips in W7 appear to have vanished into thin air in W10.

    AllanH.
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