Accessing the classic control panel is not as easy as it used to be. But there are several ways to add it to Windows 10 Start menu.
The Control Panel is an area of ââWindows 10 that users typically need to access quite frequently. You use it to configure most of the hardware and software on your system. But accessing the classic control panel takes a few steps and is not very convenient to find.
Fortunately, there are several ways to add the Control Panel to the Windows 10 Start menu. You will learn a few methods and you can choose the one you prefer depending on where you want to pin the Control Panel.
Pin Control Panel to start
The problem that a lot of people have noticed on the latest version of Windows 10 is that when you click on the start menu, you no longer see the Control Panel listed anywhere.
Don’t worry, there is actually a really quick fix for this.
1. Select the Start menu button or press the Windows key and type: Control Panel. You will see the Control Panel app listed here.
2. Right-click on the Control Panel application and select Pin to start.
Now the next time you select the Start menu, you will see the Control Panel area pinned to the right side.
Quick access to the Control Panel now only takes two mouse clicks.
Add Control Panel to the left Start menu (sort of)
One of the most annoying updates to Windows 10 is that you can no longer go to the “Taskbar and Start Menu Properties” window to add Control Panel to the left Start menu. You will notice that now when you right click on the taskbar there is no Properties option.
You can customize the left menu by right-clicking on the taskbar and choosing Taskbar settings. In the taskbar settings window, select Start from the left menu.
To customize the items that appear in the left Start menu, select Choose the folders that appear on Start at the bottom of this list. This will open a new menu.
This list includes everything that can be included in the Start menu on the left. As you can see, this list is now quite limited and does not include Control Panel.
However, there is a workaround that you can use so that you can still quickly access Control Panel from the left menu. Change the toggle to Personal file To At.
Now when you select the start menu, you will see that there is a link to your Personal file.
How does this help? Well, all you have to do is add a shortcut to your control panel in your home folder.
To select Personal file. In this folder, right click and select New, then select Shortcut.
Type: % windir% / System32 / control.exe in the path field and select Next.
Keep control.exe as the shortcut name and select To finish.
Now every time you select your Personal file from the start menu you can just select control.exe to open the Control Panel.
It’s not perfect, but at least it still gives you quick access to the Control Panel from the left Start menu.
Add control panel to desktop right click
Another useful tip is to add control panel access directly from the desktop context menu. It’s not exactly the Start menu, but it’s a quick way to access Control Panel with just a few clicks.
Before this setting, if you right click anywhere on the desktop, you will see that the Control Panel is not available.
But you can add it by adding a simple tweak to the registry.
1. Select the Start menu. Type “Regedit” and select it Registry Editor application.
2. Select Yes to allow edit permissions for your system.
3. In Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Directory Background shell.
4. Right-click on the Shell item and select New, then select Key.
5. Name the new key Control Panel. Right click on this new folder and select New then Key. Name this new key order.
6. Double click Fault on the right panel and type in the Value field: rundll32.exe shell32.dll, Control_RunDLL
7. Select Okay when you are done.
The changes will take effect immediately. Now when you right click anywhere on the desktop, you will see that a link to the control panel is available.
This makes it very convenient to access the Control Panel without even having to open the Start menu. You don’t even have to minimize your windows, just move them around enough to see any part of the desktop. Right click and select Control Panel to open it.
Access the control panel
It’s unfortunate that Microsoft has removed a number of useful and quick ways to access Control Panel, compared to versions of Windows like Windows 8, Windows 7, and even Windows XP. However, using the tips described above, you can at least create a few quick access solutions so that you can open Control Panel as quickly as possible, whenever you need to.