Take Control of Windows 10 Control Panel

Q I miss having the Control Panel in an easy-to-access place on the new Windows Start menu. Is there a way to access it faster in Windows 10 besides running a search?

A. The control panel of previous versions of Windows has been largely superseded by the new Settings app that Microsoft includes at the bottom of the Windows 10 Start menu. The Settings app can adjust many of the same Windows elements as the Control Panel, such as display, devices, and network connections. But if you miss the familiar old Control Panel (with more direct access to things like Default Programs, AutoPlay, and Device Manager), you can get there faster than by typing or commanding the Cortana assistant from the search box.

Although there are many ways to reduce the time of accessing the Control Panel, a quick route is to right-click on the Start menu button and choose the Control Panel option from the menu that appears. . Pressing the Windows and X keys also opens the menu with the Control Panel item, with shortcuts to other Windows utilities like Device Manager, Task Manager, Power Options, Command Prompt and File Explorer.

If you like Windows 10’s visual Start menu, you can also add Control Panel to your tile collection. Simply enter “Control Panel” in the search box or tell Cortana to “open Control Panel“. Right-click on the Control Panel result in the list and choose “Pin to start.” Once you’ve pinned the tile to the Start menu, you can drag it into position at the top of the stack or wherever you find it easiest to use.