With Windows 8, Microsoft wanted to simplify the user experience for a new touch-oriented world. This meant putting the old-school control panel in the background and bringing a new touch-friendly settings app to the forefront. This guide shows you how to find the Control Panel in Windows 10.
The Control Panel and the Settings app seem to have the same function: they provide ways to customize and control the Windows 10 user interface. Now that we're approaching the fourth year of Windows 10, most users – even in desktop mode – are using the Settings application because it's handy.
However, a closer look reveals that Microsoft continues to distribute Windows 10 settings to both. For example, you can create accounts using the Settings app, but only change your account type through Control Panel. Would you like another topic? Use the app settings. Do you want to change your DNS settings? Do this via the Control Panel.
However, both are really needed to completely manage your PC. Here's our guide to calling the Control Panel in Windows 10 based on version 1809 (October 2018 update).
Using the Start Menu
1. Click the Start button.
. 2 Scroll down and click to expand the Windows System Folder in the Start menu.
. 3 Select Control Panel .
1. Enter Control Panel in Cortana's search box in the Toolbar.
. 2 In the results, click Control Panel .
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Use the App Settings
1. Click the Start button and select the Gear icon in the Start menu. This will open the Settings app.
2. Type Control Panel in the search box.
. 3 In the results, select Control Panel .
Use the Run Command
1. ] Simultaneously press the Windows and the "R" key .
. 2 Enter Control Panel in the text box Run Command .
. 3 Click OK .
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Use Task Manager
1. Simultaneously press the Control, Alternative, and Delete keys .
. 2 Select Task Manager .
. 3 Click File in the upper left corner.
. 4 Select Execute New Task from the drop-down menu.
5. ] Enter Control Panel in the text box.
. 6 Click OK .
Using Windows PowerShell
1. Right-click on the Start button .
. 2 Select Windows PowerShell in the rollout menu.
3. At the command prompt, type Control Panel and press .
This completes our guide to opening the Control Panel in Windows 10. For more tips and tricks, see the following guides: