General Open Control Panel in Windows 11

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You can use Control Panel to change settings for Windows. These settings control nearly everything about how Windows looks and works, and you can use them to set up Windows so that it's just right for you.

When you open the Control Panel, you can select to view the Control Panel in either the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

This tutorial will show you how to open the Control Panel and change to Category, Large icons, or Small icons view in Windows 11.


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EXAMPLE: Control Panel in Large icons, Small icons, or Category view
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OPTION ONE

Open Control Panel from Search


1 Open Search (Win+S) or the Start menu.

2 Type Control Panel into the search box. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on Open for Control Panel.

Control_Panel_Search.jpg






OPTION TWO

Open Control Panel from File Explorer Navigation Pane


This option is only available if you turned on Show all folders for the navigation pane in File Explorer.


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Click/tap on Control Panel in the left navigation pane. (see screenshot below)

Control_Panel_File_Explorer_navigation_pane.png






OPTION THREE

Open Control Panel from File Explorer Address Bar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Click/tap on the first arrow on the left side in the address bar. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on Control Panel in the drop menu.

Control_Panel_File_Explorer_address_bar.png






OPTION FOUR

Open Control Panel from Run


1 Open Run (Win+R).

2 Type control into Run, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION FIVE

Open Control Panel from Command Line


1 Open the Windows Terminal, Command Prompt, or PowerShell console.

2 Type control into the console, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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    Graphics Card(s)
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    Samsung 34" Ultra Wide Screen.
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    1920x1080 on each monitor
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 120GB SATA SSD
    Crucial CT250BX100SSD1 SATA SSD
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    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    2x8GB Kingston 3600MHz, Cl 16
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus ROG Rx 570 OC, 4GB
    Sound Card
    MB, Realtek Ac1220p
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
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    Samsung 970 evo Plus 500GB, Samsung 960 evo250GB, 3x SSD SATA 2.5" 250GB, WD 2TB HDD.
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