How to Open Control Panel in Windows 10 (and More)

In this post, we'll see the different ways to open Control Panel in Windows 10. Also, we'll look at the steps to add Control Panel in Windows 10 Start menu, taskbar, and desktop. Let's get started.

Open Control Panel in Windows 10

Method #1

In Windows 10, you can open Control Panel using "control" command, and you can use this command in the following programs:

Run Command

Open Run Command Box. Type "control" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter" key.

Control in Run Command

Windows PowerShell

Open Power User Menu (To do that, right-click on the "Start" button or press Windows key + X). Select "Windows PowerShell."

Type "control" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."

Control in Windows PowerShell

Command Prompt

Launch Command Prompt. Type the command "control" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."

Control in Command Prompt

Address Toolbar

In the Address Toolbar, type "control" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter" key.

Control in Address bar

File Explorer Address Bar

In the File Explorer Address Bar, type "control" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."

Control in File Explorer Address Bar

Task Manager

Open Task Manager. Click on File > Run new task.

Now, type "control" (without double quotes) in the "Create new task" box and then press "Enter" key.

Control in Create new task box

Method #2

Open Windows Settings.

In the search box at the top, type "control panel" (without double quotes). Now, you can see the "Control Panel" in the search result.

Control Panel as a search result

Click on it.

Method #3

Open the Start menu. Type "control" (without double quotes). In the search results, you can see the "Control Panel" app.

Control Panel in the search results

Click on it.

Method #4

Open the Start menu. Find and click "Windows System" folder.

Within that folder, you can see "Control Panel" (which is in between "Command Prompt" and "File Explorer").

Control Panel in the Windows System folder

Click on it.

Method #5

Open the System32 folder (To do that: Open Run Command; Type "system32" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter").

Find and double-click "control" file.

Control file in System32 folder

Method #6

Open the File Explorer. Click the arrow beside the "Quick Access" icon.

Control Panel option

Click on "Control Panel."

Add Control Panel in Windows 10 Start Menu, Taskbar, and Desktop

You can add Control Panel in the Windows 10 Start menu, taskbar, and desktop and here are the steps:

Start Menu Tile

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    Open the Start menu.
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    Type "control" (without double quotes) and you can see the "Control Panel" app.
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    ​Right-click on it and then click "Pin to Start."
Pin to Start option

That's it. You can now see the Control Panel as a tile in Start menu.

Start Menu Shortcut

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    ​Open Run Command. Type "shell:programs" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."
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    ​Now, you can see "Windows System" folder. Open it, and there you can see "Control Panel" shortcut. Copy it.
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    Click on "Programs" folder in the Address Bar. Paste the shortcut into the "Programs" folder.
Control Panel shortcut in Programs folder

That's all. Now, you can see the "Control Panel" shortcut on the left side of the Start menu.

Control Panel shortcut in Start Menu

Taskbar Shortcut

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    Open the Start menu. Type "control" (without double quotes) and you can see the "Control Panel" app.
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    ​Right-click on it and then click "Pin to taskbar."
Pin to taskbar option

That's all. Now, you can see the Control Panel shortcut in the taskbar.

Desktop Shortcut

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    ​Open Run Command. Type "ms-settings:themes" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."
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    ​Hit "Desktop icon settings" link which you can find on the right side of the screen.
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    ​In the "Desktop Icon Settings" popup, select "Control Panel" and then hit "OK" button.
Selected Control Panel option

That's all. Now, you can see the Control Panel shortcut on the desktop.

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