The Settings app in Windows 10 aims to replace the classic Control Panel. Microsoft has overhauled the Settings app to include new settings and options.
The Settings app includes almost all the settings and options available in the classic Control Panel and some more. In fact, some of the newly added settings and options are available only in the Settings app. For instance, the settings to customize the Start menu or screen are present in the Settings app only.
In short, Microsoft wants everyone to use the new Settings app in Windows 10 as it’s easier to use. In addition to that, the Settings app, unlike the classic Control Panel works great on touch devices as well.
While it’s true that the Settings app is easy-to-navigate and use, long-time Windows users always prefer the classic Control Panel over the Settings app while running Windows 10 desktops and laptops.
In Windows 10, as said before, Microsoft wants users to use the Settings app to access and change Windows settings. To support this, with default settings, only the Settings app is pinned to the Start.
That said, Control Panel is still present in Windows 10 and is identical to the one in previous Windows iterations. If you prefer using the classic Control Panel over the Settings app, simply follow the instructions mentioned in one of the given below methods to open the classic Control Panel in Windows 10.
Method 1: Open Control Panel using the Run command
Method 2: Access Control Panel from desktop
Method 3: Launch Control Panel using search
Method 4: Create Control Panel shortcut on the desktop
Method 5: Pin Control Panel to Start or taskbar
Method 6: Open Control Panel from File Explorer
Method 7: Start Control Panel from the Settings app
Method 1 of 7
Opening Control Panel via Run
Step 1: Open Run command box by simultaneously pressing Windows and R keys (Windows+R).
Step 2: In the Run dialog box, type Control and then press Enter key to open the classic Control Panel.
Method 2 of 7
Access Control Panel in Windows 10 from desktop
NOTE: This method does not work in recent versions of Windows 10. Microsoft has replaced the Control Panel with Settings in the Win +X menu.
This is probably the easiest way to launch the Control Panel with a mouse.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start button (Windows logo button at the bottom-left corner of the desktop) and then click the Control Panel to open the same.
Method 3 of 7
Launch Control Panel using search
Step 1: Open Start menu or screen.
Step 2: In the search box, enter Control Panel and then press the Enter key to open the same.
Tip: You can quickly access the search with the help of Windows + C hotkey.
Method 4 of 7
Launch Control Panel from Windows 10 File Explorer
Step 1: Open File Explorer. In the address bar, type Control Panel and then press the Enter key to open the Control Panel.
Method 5 of 7
Open Control Panel from the Settings app
Step 1: Control Panel in the Settings app and hit the Enter key to open the Control Panel from the Settings app.
Method 6 of 7
Create Control Panel shortcut on the desktop
Step 1: Right-click on desktop, click New and then click Shortcut.
Step 2: In the Type the location of the item box, type the following path.
Click the Next button.
Step 3: In the Type a name for this shortcut box, type Control Panel, and click the Finish button.
That’s it! You can now double-click on the Control Panel icon on the desktop to quickly launch the same.
Method 7 of 7
Pin Control Panel to Start or taskbar
Step 1: In the Start search box, type Control Panel.
Step 2: When you see search results, right-click on Control Panel entry and then click Pin to Start to pin Control Panel to the Start menu or screen.
Step 3: Clicking Pin to the taskbar will pin the Control Panel to the taskbar!
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