Do you want to change some system settings in Windows 8 and are looking for the Control Panel? It used to be on the Start Menu but Windows 8 doesn’t have a Start Menu so you will have to look someplace else. In this tip, I’ll show four different ways to get to this important system tool quickly.
Method one - Use the Quick Access menu opened by the keyboard shortcut Winkey+X that was described in this previous tip.
Method two - Another keyboard shortcut to the desktop Control Panel is Winkey+I, which opens a Charms bar with Control Panel as an entry. (Does not apply when you are on the Start Screen.)
Method three - Open the Run line with the keyboard combination Winkey+R and then enter “control” (without quotes) .
Method four - If you are a frequent user of Control Panel, here is how to create a desktop shortcut for opening it
- Right-click a empty spot on the desktop
- From the context menu, select “New”
- Select “Shortcut”
In the box labeled “Type the location of the item”, enter
- Click “Next”
- For the name, enter “Control Panel”
- Click “Finish”
Method five An even easier way to create a shortcut to Control Panel on the Desktop was covered in a previous article. See Tip #3 in that article for details
Method six There is also a way to list all the components of Control Panel in one place and that was also covered in the previous article. See Tip #1 in that article for details
And there you have it - a selection of paths to Control Panel so you can pick the way that suits you best.
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