When you want to change settings in Windows 11, you usually look for the Settings app . But the reliable Control Panel still plays an important role during many configuration tasks. Here are several different ways to open it.

Use the start menu

One of the easiest ways to start the Control Panel is by using the start menu . To do this, click the Start button on the taskbar and type “control panel.” Click on the “Control Panel” icon that appears in the results, and the Control Panel will start immediately.

Use the Run menu or command prompt

In the frame

You can also start the Control Panel from the Run menu. Press Windows + R on your keyboard, and when the Run window appears, type “control” and then click “OK” or press Enter. Similarly, you can open the Control Panel from the command prompt or the windows terminal typing “control” and hitting Enter.

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Pin it to the taskbar

Once you have opened the Control Panel using any of the methods described above, its icon will appear on your taskbar. If you want to keep it there so that you can launch it from the taskbar later, right-click the Control Panel icon and select “Pin to taskbar.” The next time you want to start the Control Panel, click the icon on the taskbar.

Add a desktop icon

You can also add a special desktop icon for Control Panel . To do so, press Windows + i to open Settings, then go to Personalization> Themes and click on “Desktop Icon Settings”. In the Desktop Icon Settings window that opens, place a check mark next to “Control Panel” and then click “OK.” The icon will appear on your desktop. To start the Control Panel, double-click the icon on the desktop at any time. Good luck!

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