How to Open Control Panel in Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see:

Let us begin.

What is the Control Panel?

Control Panel is a virtual folder that has many applet shortcuts. Remember that those applets can change the settings of your system.

There are three kinds of view in Control Panel and they are:

Category (applet shortcuts are categorized in this view), Large icons, and Small icons.

In the Large icons and Small icons view, you can right-click on an applet shortcut. When you do that, you can see a context menu with few or many of these options:

  • Open – open applet in the same window. Keep in mind that this is not applicable to all. For instance, File Explorer Options.
  • Open in New Window – open applet in the new window.
  • Include in Library – add the applet to the library. When I try this one, it did not work for Camera Roll and Saved Pictures.
  • Pin to Quick access – pin applet to the Quick access. When I try this one, it only works on Administrative Tools.
  • Pin to Start – pin applet shortcut to the Start menu as tile.
  • Run as administrator – open applet as administrator.
  • Create shortcut – create a shortcut for applet shortcut on the desktop.

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How to Open Control Panel in Windows 10

Here, we will see the diverse methods to launch the Control Panel. Let us see what they are.

Method #1

Use the control command in any of the following programs to launch Control Panel:

  • Task Manager (Click on File > Run new task to use the command)

Method #2

Open Windows Settings. Type control panel in the search box at the top. Hit “Control Panel” in the search results.

Method #3

Open the Start menu. Type control. Hit the Control Panel app in the search results.

Method #4

Open the Start menu. Click the Windows System folder. Hit “Control Panel.”

Method #5

Open the System32 folder. Double-click the “control” file.

Method #6

Open the File Explorer. Click the “Arrow” beside the Quick Access icon in the address bar. Click on “Control Panel.”


How to Add Control Panel to Windows 10 Start Menu, Taskbar, and Desktop

Start Menu Tile

Open the Start menu. Type control. Hit “Down arrow” in the right pane. Click the “Pin to Start” option. Now, you can view the Control Panel as a tile in the Start menu.

Start Menu Shortcut

Launch Run Command. In it, type shell:programs and then press the “Enter” key.

​You can see the Windows System folder. Open it and there you can view the “Control Panel” shortcut. Copy it.

Click on the Programs folder in the address bar. Paste the shortcut into the Programs folder. Now, you can see the “Control Panel” shortcut on the left side of the Start menu.

Taskbar Shortcut

Open the Start menu. Type control. Hit “Down arrow” in the right pane. ​Click the “Pin to taskbar” option. Now, you can view the Control Panel shortcut in the taskbar.

Desktop Shortcut

​Open Run Command. In it, type ms-settings:themes and then press the “Enter” key. ​Hit the “Desktop icon settings” link, which you can find on the right side of the screen.

​In the “Desktop Icon Settings” pop-up, select “Control Panel” and then hit the Ok button. Now, you can view the Control Panel shortcut on the desktop.


How to Add Control Panel to Right-click Menu in Windows 10

Launch Registry Editor. Take a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Expand Hkey_Classes_Root > Directory > Background. Right-click on the “shell” and select New > Key.

Provide the name as Control Panel and then hit the “Enter” key.

Now, right-click on the “Control Panel” and select New > Key. Provide the name as Command and then press the “Enter” key.

Double-click the “Default” in the right pane. In the pop-up, provide the following in the “Value data” field: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RUNDLL

Hit the Ok button. Now, right-click on the desktop and you can see the Control Panel in the context menu.

Note: Want to remove Control Panel from the context menu? Remove the Control Panel key you’ve created above.


Right-click on the blank area in the navigation pane. Hit “Show all folders” option.

Note: if you don’t want Control Panel in the navigation pane, follow the above steps.