How to Open the Control Panel in Windows 10

In this post you will see how to open the Control Panel in Windows 10.

You will also find answers to some frequently asked questions. Let’s begin.

How to open the Control Panel in Windows 10

Method #1

Use the control command in one of the following programs to start the Control Panel:

Method #2

Open Windows Settings.

Type control panel in the search box and click “Control Panel” in the search results.

Method #3

Open the Start menu.

Type control. In the search results, press the Control Panel app.

Method #4

Open the Start menu.

Click on the “Windows System” folder and press “Control Panel.”

Method #5

Open the System32 folder and double-click the “control” file.

Method #6

Open File Explorer.

Click “Arrow” next to the Quick Access icon in the address bar and click “Control Panel.”

How to Hide or Only Show Certain Items in Control Panel

There are two ways to do this task: choose the one you like.

Method #1

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest that you back up the Registry before proceeding.

Expand the following keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies.

Press the Explorer key. You need to create it if you don’t see it, here’s how:

Right-click on the Policies key, then select New > Key, enter the name as Explorer, and then press Enter.

To hide certain Control Panel items, follow the steps below:

In the right pane, right-click on the space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as DisallowCpl and then press Enter.

Double-click on this and enter 1 in the Value data field. Press the OK button.

Now, right-click on the Explorer key. Select New > Key.

Enter the name as DisallowCpl and then press Enter.

Right-click on the space in the right pane. Select New > String Value.

Specify the item in the Control Panel that you want to hide as the name. Remember that you must specify the exact name of the item in the Control Panel.

For example, I want to hide the Device Manager, so I need to specify the name Device Manager.

Double-click the String Value you created above and then provide its name in the Value data field and then press the OK button.

In our instance, I need to provide the Device Manager in the Value data field.

Perform the above four steps for all the Control Panel items you want to hide.

Note: If you want to go back, then delete the key DisallowCpl and DWORD DisallowCpl.

To display only certain items in the Control Panel, proceed:

In the right pane, right-click on the space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as RestrictCpl and then press Enter.

Double-click on this and enter 1 in the Value data field. Press the OK button.

Now, right-click on the Explorer key. Select New > Key.

Enter the name as RestrictCpl and then press Enter.

Right-click on the space in the right pane. Select New > String Value.

Specify the item in the Control Panel that you want to display as the name. Remember that you must specify the exact name of the item in the Control Panel.

For example, I want to show the Device Manager, so I need to specify the name Device Manager.

Double-click the String Value you created above and then provide its name in the Value data field and then press the OK button.

In our instance, I need to provide the Device Manager in the Value data field.

Perform the above four steps for all the Control Panel items you want to view.

Note: If you want to go back, then delete the key RestrictCpl and DWORD RestrictCpl.

Method #2

Enter gpedit.msc in the run box and then press Enter.

Now navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates. Hit the Control Panel.

To hide certain items in the Control Panel, follow the steps below:

In the right pane, you will find “Hide specified Control Panel items.” Double-click on it.

Select Enabled. Now you can see the Show button. Hit it.

Enter the name of the Control Panel items you want to hide. Remember that you need to specify the exact name of the Control Panel item and an item name for a line.

Click OK. Click OK. That’s it.

To display only certain items in the Control Panel, follow the steps below:

In the right pane, you will find “Show only specified Control Panel items.” Double-click on it.

Select Enabled. Now you can see the Show button. Hit it.

Enter the name of the Control Panel items you want to display. Remember that you need to specify the exact name of the Control Panel item and an item name for a line.

Click OK. Click OK. That’s it.

Note: If you want to go back, follow the steps above, but choose Not Configured or Disabled.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Control Panel?

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

There are three types of views in the Control Panel, namely:

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 the apple shortcut. Here, you will see a context menu with some or many of these options:

  • Open – Open the applet in the same window. Remember that this does not apply to all. For instance, File Explorer Options.
  • Open in New Window – Open the applet in a new window.
  • Include in Library – Add the applet to the library. When I tried this, it did not work for Camera Roll and Saved Pictures.
  • Pin to Quick access – Pin applet to Quick access. When I try this one, it only works with Administrative Tools.
  • Pin to Start – Pin applet shortcut to the Start menu as a 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 add Control Panel to the Windows 10 Start menu, taskbar, and desktop?

Start menu tile

Open the Start menu.

Type control. Press “Down Arrow” in the right pane.

Click on the “Pin to Start” option. You can now view the Control Panel as a tile in the Start menu.

Start menu shortcut

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

You will see the folder “Windows System.”

Open it and you will find the “Control Panel” shortcut. Copy that.

Click on the “Programs” folder in the address bar and paste the shortcut into the “Programs” folder.

Now you will see the “Control Panel” shortcut on the left side of the Start menu.

Taskbar shortcut

Open the Start menu.

Type control. Press “Down Arrow” in the right pane.

Click on the “Pin to taskbar” option. You can now view the Control Panel shortcut in the taskbar.

Desktop shortcut

Open the Run Command, type ms-settings:themes, and then hit the “Enter” key.

Click the “Desktop icon settings” link on the right side of the screen.

In the Desktop Icon Settings pop-up window, select “Control Panel” and then click “OK.”

Now you can view the Control Panel shortcut on your desktop.

How to add Control Panel to right-click menu in Windows 10?

Start the Registry Editor. Make a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

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

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

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

Double-click on “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 will find the Control Panel in the context menu.

Note: Do you want to remove the Control Panel from the context menu? Remove the Control Panel created above.

How do I add the Control Panel to the navigation pane in Windows 10?

Right-click on the blank space in the navigation pane.

Click “Show all folders.”

Note: If you do not want the Control Panel in the navigation pane, follow the steps above.