Make Accessing the Classic Control Panel in Windows 10 Easier

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When it comes to accessing settings and other utilities baked in Windows, one would usually go to Control Panel. With Windows 10, however, that has changed, and most of those items have been moved to the Settings app. Still, not all options have been migrated there yet, and sometimes you need to access the traditional Control Panel.

The problem is that each time Microsoft issues a major update to Windows 10, the company hides Control Panel deeper into the OS. For example, in previous versions, you could find it in the Quick Access Menu or in File Explorer — but no more.

When it comes to accessing settings and other utilities baked in Windows Make Accessing the Classic Control Panel in Windows 10 Easier

In the most recent version of Windows 10, Control Panel is no longer listed in the Quick Access menu.

Sure, you can find it via the Start menu. But not everyone uses Windows the same way and would prefer to open it by clicking an icon. Whether you’re on the desktop or working in File Explorer, here’s how to make sure you have easy access to Control Panel.

Create Taskbar Shortcut

Hit the Windows key and type: control panel and right-click the result at the top and select Pin to taskbar.

When it comes to accessing settings and other utilities baked in Windows Make Accessing the Classic Control Panel in Windows 10 Easier

The cool thing about having Control Panel on the taskbar is you can access various utilities via the jump list. You can also pin items you use most to the top of the list.

When it comes to accessing settings and other utilities baked in Windows Make Accessing the Classic Control Panel in Windows 10 Easier

With the Control Panel icon pinned to the taskbar, it’s easy to access its items via the jumplist.

Add Control Panel Shortcut to File Explorer

If you would like access to the Control Panel in File Explorer, you can do that, too. It just requires some tweaking of the Registry.

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Important: Using this method requires making changes to the Registry which isn’t for the faint of heart. If you do something wrong, you could end up borking your PC. Before making changes to the Registry, we always recommend you back it up, create a System Restore point, or better yet, do a full backup first.

Hit the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R to open the Run dialog. Then type: regedit and hit Enter or click OK.

When it comes to accessing settings and other utilities baked in Windows Make Accessing the Classic Control Panel in Windows 10 Easier

Now navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer

Right-click the NameSpace key and create a new Key.

When it comes to accessing settings and other utilities baked in Windows Make Accessing the Classic Control Panel in Windows 10 Easier

Enter in one of the following names for the key depending on the view you want it to open as.

  • Category View (which is the default): {26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}
  • Large Icons View: {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

For this example, I’m using the large icons view. Close out of the Registry when you’re done and the changes will be applied without a need to restart. Open up File Explorer to This PC and you should see the Control Panel button under Devices and Drives.

When it comes to accessing settings and other utilities baked in Windows Make Accessing the Classic Control Panel in Windows 10 Easier

Right-click the icon and pin it to Quick Access so you always have it available no matter where you are in File Explorer.

When it comes to accessing settings and other utilities baked in Windows Make Accessing the Classic Control Panel in Windows 10 Easier

Note: This process works with Windows 10 Creators Update and the upcoming Fall Update (the current Insider builds anyway). However, since Microsoft is treating Windows as a Service and updating it at such a rapid pace, the traditional Control Panel might end up being killed off entirely. Until then, this makes accessing it easy from the taskbar or while you’re working in File Explorer.

Do you find yourself using the traditional Control Panel a lot in Windows 10 or do you get everything you need from the Settings app? Leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts.


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