Open Control Panel in Windows  Step by Step Guide ▷ 2020

Since its initial launch in 1985, Windows has been in the sights of millions of viewers around the world and, thanks to its popularity, this operating system developed by the software company Microsoft Corporation, currently it is one of the most used in all countries. Well, its graphical user interface based on the prototype of windows, has caught the attention of many Internet users.

In this sense, it is no secret to anyone that, one of the most determining elements of Microsoft Windows, is its section known as “Control Panel”. Since, being a set of programs that perform the management of the basic processes of the computer system, it allows modifying the Windows configuration in its entirety and thus, each user can personalize their experience according to their requirements.

For that reason, it is considered truly essential that users of this OS have full knowledge of how they can access the control panel on their PC. Accordingly, then We detail the steps to follow for this in Windows versions 10, 8 and 7.

What are all the tools that we can find in the control panel?

As we indicated, the Windows control panel is adapted to allow users, change the settings of this operating system in order to modify the default options you want at any given time. Be it changing the time, adjusting the keyboard, configuring a printer, removing software, adding new hardware, and many more serial aspects of the PC.

That is why it is a section that has different tools that allow you to carry out these adjustments easily and quickly. To learn more about them, here we present each and every one in the form of a list:

  • Security system: Basically, it works to check the health of the computer in general, save backup copies of the files with File History and be able to run restoration processes.
  • Network and Internet: It consists of a tool that has several options through which you can view the status and network tasks.
  • Hardware and sound: It is the one that allows you to see the status of the connected devices and printers, add a new computer and adjust certain parameters of mobility configuration constant use.
  • Programs: It is responsible for managing the software hosted on the computer and allows them to be quickly uninstalled.
  • User account: If you manage multiple user accounts on your PC, this tool allows you to switch between these types of accounts whenever you need to.
  • Appearance and customization: Of course it is used to customize, graphically, the appearance of the system. Be it changing the background, modifying the colors, adjusting the screen brightness, etc.
  • Clock and region: Using this control panel tool, you can easily change date, time or number formats.
  • Accessibility: It is the section with which the visual presentation can be optimized and it is also used to allow Windows to suggest some ideal configuration parameters.

Steps to open the control panel from my Windows 10, 7 and 8 PC

Now, it is time to explain the procedures that must be followed in each of these versions of Microsoft Windows, to be able to enter the control panel from your PC without any complications. Here we introduce you to the corresponding step by step for both W10, as well as W8 and W7:

In W10

In W10

Today, the vast majority of users with modern machines have been able to install the latest version of Windows and, therefore, they have W10 on their PC. But, although it seems incredulous, in reality there are many people who do not know where the control panel is located in this version of the OS.

Consequently, to be able to open this tool on your PC easily, We recommend that you follow the steps that we indicate below:

  • From the main computer window, proceed to open the start menu which is in the lower left corner.
  • Later, within the available search bar, type the words “control Panel” and with that, you will see the option to click on it or press the Enter key.
  • Done the above, you will access the Control Panel window and you can make use of all its tools.

However, if you prefer the process to be very practical, you can simply press the following keyboard shortcut, located in the main window: Windows + R. Thus, the search window will open directly and just type “control panel” to click “OK” and you’re done.

In W8

In the case of Windows 8 users, they have several methods from which they can enter the Control Panel of their computer. At this point, we will crimp two of these methods and the first one, it is using the Run application:

In W8

  • First of all, you have to press the Windows key to open the Start menu from within any menu or window. This is how you will be able to enter the Run application.
  • Then in the search bar, you must type “Run” and so you will see said window at the top.
  • Now, click the Run application icon to open it. Which is characterized by showing only a text field and some contextual buttons at the bottom.
  • It’s time to write “control panel” in the corresponding text field and so, click “To accept” to open this section.
  • Finally, you will check the control panel window and see all your typical options.

For its part, the other recommended method consists of using the Start shortcut, here we mention all the steps that must be followed:

In W8

  • Initially, it is important that make sure to use the desktop view.
  • Now, press and hold the following keys: Windows + X. With this action, you will see that the Start shortcut appears through which you can enter traditional system programs.
  • After that, select the option “Control Panel” You will find it in one of the lower selections of the Start shortcut.
  • Done the above, you can check control panel settings and use all available tools.

In W7

In W7

To conclude, it is also extremely important to detail the process that has to be carried out on a PC with Windows 7 to enter the Control Panel of the system. Which is accessible from the Start menu, but can also be run via command prompt, verbatim. Whereas, this will give you a more efficient income.

Then, We show you how to open the Control Panel in W7 directly from the command prompt:

  • Start by clicking on the Start button and there, type the word “cmd” (without the quotes).
  • Now, it’s time to click on “Enter” in order to run the command prompt.
  • Then, in the command prompt window, type “control” and press the option “Enter” to run the main screen of the Control Panel. Since then, you will have easy access to all its tools.

In case you want perform a faster search for a specific component, what you have to do in the window belonging to the command prompt, is to write “control” followed by the specific component and click on “Get in” to run that component, solely and exclusively. For example:

  • “Control appwiz.cpl” to run the Add / Remove Programs application.
  • “Control inetcpl.cpl” to open Internet Properties.
  • “Control access.cpl” to access the Ease of Access Center.
  • “Control sysdm.cpl” to start System Properties.
  • “Control timedate.cpl” to be able to enter Date and time.

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