How to Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (9 Methods)

Microsoft is gradually working to remove Settings from Control Panel and move them to Windows Settings. Some of the key settings have already been migrated, including Programs and Features, Disk Cleanup, Network Settings (DNS over HTTPS), and more. That said, Control Panel is here to stay for the foreseeable future, and you can open Control Panel in Windows 11 right now. It contains all legacy settings including backup and restore, network and sharing center, etc. So let’s waste no time and learn how to find and open Control Panel in Windows 11.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

We have mentioned 9 different ways to access Control Panel in Windows 11 in this article. You can expand the table below to learn how to access Control Panel using Start Menu, Desktop Shortcut, Command Prompt, and other simple methods.

1. First, press the Windows key and type “control“. The Control Panel will appear as the first search result and you can click on it to open it.

2. Control Panel will open directly on your Windows 11 PC. Now you can go ahead and uninstall programs on windows 11access the Network and Sharing Center and do much more.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

3. You can click the “View by” option in the upper right corner and change the appearance to “Big Icons“. This will make the Control Panel look like Windows 10 Control Panel.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 using Run dialog box

1. You can also run a Run command to quickly open the Control Panel in Windows 11. Use the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Win + R” to open the Run dialog box. Here, type control and press Enter.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

2. This will instantly open the Control Panel in Windows 11.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

Find Control Panel in Windows 11 from Windows Tools

1. Open the Windows 11 Start menu and click “All Apps” in the upper right corner.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

2. Then scroll down and search for “Windows tools“. Click to open it.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

3. Under the Windows Tools window, find and open the “Control Panel” on your PC.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

4. And this is how you can access Control Panel from Windows tools in Windows 11.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 from Command Prompt or PowerShell

You can also open the Command Prompt in Windows 11 from Command Prompt or PowerShell, depending on your preferred terminal. I like using Windows Terminal because it gives me customization options and you can open many instances of different shell shells. In this tutorial, I’m using the Command Prompt to open the Control Panel, but you can also use PowerShell or Windows Terminal.

1. Press the Windows key, search for “ordered“, and open “Command Prompt”. You don’t need to open CMD with admin privileges, but if you still want to open apps with admin access in Windows 11, follow the linked guide.

ordered

2. Once in the CMD window, type control and press Enter.

ordered

3. This will immediately open the Control Panel in Windows 11.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 using the Settings app

1. Use the keyboard shortcut “Win + I” to quickly open Windows Settings. You can also open Windows Settings from the Start menu.

windows settings

2. In the Settings app, type “control Panel” in the search box. You will immediately get the “Control Panel” suggestion and can click on it to access the legacy Windows settings.

windows settings

3. And this is how you can find Control Panel using Settings app in Windows 11.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 from File Explorer

1. Use “Win + E” keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer in Windows 11. Here, under the address bar, click on the down-facing arrow and choose “Control Panel” from the drop-down menu . You can do this from anywhere in File Explorer.

file explorer

2. A Control Panel window will open immediately.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 from Task Manager

To access Windows 11 Control Panel from Task Manager, follow the steps below:

1. First, use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” to open Task Manager. In the top row menu, click “File” and choose “Run new task”.

Task Manager

2. Then type control and press Enter.

Task Manager

3. This will automatically open the Control Panel on your PC.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

Create Desktop Shortcut for Control Panel in Windows 11

Although the above methods allow you to access the Control Panel in Windows 11, follow the instructions below if you want to create a desktop shortcut for the Control Panel on the desktop or any other location.

1. Press the Windows key and type “theme“. Now click on “Related Themes and Settings” to open the Settings app.

related themes and settings

2. Here, scroll down and click on “Desktop icon settings“.

desktop icon settings

3. A pop-up window will open. Here, check the “Control Panel” box and click “OKAY“.

control panel desktop icon

4. Now a Control Panel shortcut will be added to your desktop. Double-click it to open the Control Panel.

control panel shortcut on windows 11 desktop

5. If you want to create a custom shortcut with a command, right-click on the desktop and choose New -> Shortcut.

Create Shortcut for Control Panel in Windows 11

6. Under the text field, enter the path below and click “Next“.

%windir%System32control.exe
Create Shortcut for Control Panel in Windows 11

7. On the next page, set a name for the shortcut. I entered “Control Panel“. Now click “Finish”.

Create Shortcut for Control Panel in Windows 11

8. A shortcut will be added to the desktop or wherever you create the custom shortcut.

Create Shortcut for Control Panel in Windows 11

9. Now click on the shortcut and the Control Panel will appear on the screen.

Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (2022)

Open Control Panel Tools in Windows 11 with God Mode

God Mode on Windows 11 doesn’t exactly open Control Panel, but houses many essential Windows tools and settings that are usually available in Control Panel. For example, you can access Backup and Restore, Devices and Printers, Internet Options, Programs and Features, and other options using this feature.

We have already written a detailed tutorial on how to enable God Mode on Windows 11, so you can follow the linked article to enable this nifty feature. That said, here are brief instructions to follow.

1. Right-click on the desktop and choose New -> Folder.

Open Control Panel Tools in Windows 11 with God Mode

2. Then rename it to the string below and press Enter.

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
How to Open Control Panel in Windows 11 (9 Methods)

3. The folder will turn into an icon similar to Control Panel. Now open it and you will find all Control Panel tools and settings here.

Create Shortcut for Control Panel in Windows 11

Easily Find Control Panel in Windows 11

So here are the nine methods you can use to find Control Panel in Windows 11. At first glance, Mircosoft doesn’t seem ready to remove Windows 11 Control Panel anytime soon. Of course, Microsoft is working on migrating many features, but I’m sure there will be new workarounds to access the legacy menu. Anyway, it all comes from us. If you want to find the MAC address in Windows 11, we have a handy guide for that. And to learn more about the best registry hacks for Windows 11, follow our linked tutorial. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.