13 Ways To Open Control Panel In Windows 10


While there is talk of Microsoft removing Control Panel, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Some important settings are only found in the classic Windows 10 control panel, they are not in the Settings app. Here are 13 ways to open Control Panel.

Search in the start menu

You can search for any app on your PC with the Start menu search feature, also known as Windows search. In the search box to the left of the taskbar, just type “Control Panel”. Click “Control Panel” in the search results to launch it. You can also use the arrow keys to select it and press “Enter.”

Look for Control Panel in the Start menu

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Pin it to the taskbar

Windows lets you pin apps to the taskbar for quick access. You can launch Control Panel using any of the methods described in this article, and then pin it to the taskbar.

To do this, launch Control Panel, right-click its icon in the taskbar, and select “Pin to taskbar” to keep it permanently. You can then drag and drop the shortcut icon to reposition it wherever you want on the taskbar.

Pin the Control Panel to the taskbar

Click on the start menu

There are three ways to open Control Panel from the Start menu. The first comes from the list of applications. Click the Start button (or press the Windows key), scroll down the list of applications, click “Windows System” to open the folder, and then click “Control Panel”.

Windows system from the start menu

You can also add a shortcut to the pinned tile section to the right of the Start menu. To do this, open the Start menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box (or search for it in the list of applications), right click on the Control Panel shortcut in the search results , then click “Pin to start.”

Pin to start

The Control Panel shortcut tile will now appear in the pinned tiles section of the Start menu. Click on it to launch the Control Panel.

Control Panel in the Start menu

Ask Cortana

If your PC has a microphone, you can ask Cortana to open File Explorer. To do this, click on the Cortana icon (the circle) in the taskbar.

Voice control from Control Panel is a little different. Normally, when you want to open an app through Cortana, you say “Open [app name]. “But if you say ‘Open Control Panel’ you will receive an error.

Error opening control panel

To launch the Control Panel with Cortana, click on the microphone icon and just say “Control Panel” – don’t say “Open” before. Cortana will launch the Control Panel.

Cortana control panel voice control

If you don’t have a microphone, you can also type “Control Panel” in the Ask Cortana text box.

Use the settings search box

You can find Control Panel with a search in the Start menu, but you can also search for it in the Settings window, if the Settings window is open.

In Settings (which you can also open by pressing Windows + i on the keyboard), click the search box at the top of the window, type “Control Panel” and click the search result for “Control Panel” .

Finding Control Panel in the Settings Window

Create a desktop shortcut

For faster access to the Control Panel, you can create a desktop shortcut. To do this, click on the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen.

Click on the Start button.

In the list of applications, scroll down and click on “Windows System.” From the submenu, click and drag “Control Panel” to the desktop. You can also drag and drop the Control Panel from the app tiles pinned on the right.

Use the File Explorer address bar menu

You can also open the Command Prompt from the File Explorer address bar. First, open File Explorer. You can press Windows + E to quickly open it. Click the arrow to the left of “This PC” in the address bar at the top of the window and select “Control Panel” from the menu.

Control panel in the file explorer address bar

Add a toolbar to your taskbar

You can also add a desktop menu (“toolbar”) to your taskbar. To do this, right-click in an empty space on the taskbar, hover your cursor over “Toolbars”, then click “Desktop” in the submenu.

Desktop taskbar item

The desktop toolbar now appears on the right side of the taskbar to the left of the notification area icons. Click the icon with two right arrows, then click “Control Panel” from the menu to open the Control Panel.

Control panel in the desktop toolbar

Run the EXE file from the control panel

By default, Windows stores the Control Panel EXE file in C: Windows System32.

To find it, launch File Explorer and navigate to C: Windows System32. Look for “control.exe” in the long list. You can click in the right pane and start typing its name to access it. Double click on the shortcut to open the Control Panel.

Control Panel in File Explorer

Run it from the task manager

Task Manager isn’t just for shutting down applications or monitoring processes and performance, you can launch applications from it as well. To launch Control Panel this way, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc or right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager” to open Task Manager. Click “File” and select “Run New Task”.

Click on "Perform a new task."

The Create New Task window will appear. Type “Control Panel” in the Open box and click “OK” to launch Control Panel.

Task manager task

Use the run window

You can also launch Control Panel using the Run window. Press Windows + R to open the Run window. In the Open box, type “Control Panel” and click “OK” to open it.

Control panel run command

Run a command in the command prompt

You can launch almost any application on your PC, including Control Panel, from the command prompt. To do this, type “cmd” in the Windows search box and then select “Command Prompt” from the search results to open it.

Type "cmd" in the Windows search box, and then select "Command Prompt."

In the command prompt, type this command and press Enter:

control panel

Control Panel Command Prompt Command

The control panel will open.

Run a command in PowerShell

You can also launch Control Panel from PowerShell. To do this, type “PowerShell” in the Windows search box, and then select “Windows PowerShell” from the search results to open a PowerShell window. (You can also press Windows + X or right-click the Start button and select “Windows PowerShell” to open it.)

Type "PowerShell" in the Windows search box, and then select "Windows PowerShell" from the results.

In PowerShell, type the following command and then press Enter to open a Control Panel window:

control panel

Powershell Control Panel


Windows 10 is full of different ways to accomplish common tasks. For example, there are a wide variety of ways to launch File Explorer, open a Command Prompt window, or lock your PC. Explore all of the options to find the ones that work best for you and your workflow.