I was really furious when Microsoft removed the Control Panel shortcut from the Windows 10 power user menu (Win + X) in the Creators Update. I used to make all my Windows tweaks through the Control Panel, and it was my go-to method for accessing the Control Panel.
However, after a bit of search and tinkering, I managed to find multiple ways to access the Control Panel in Windows 10. In fact, some of these methods are faster than the power user menu shortcut. So let’s take a look at the list below.
You can access Control Panel from most search fields in Windows 10, including the Settings search bar, Cortana search, and File explorer address bar.
All you need to do is to type
Control Panel or just
Control in any of these search bars and press Enter, and the Control Panel with open.
Similar to the search fields, you can also access Control Panel from the Run dialog, Command Prompt or Powershell.
Simply press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog and type
cmd to open the Command Prompt. Similarly, you can type
control in the Command Prompt or Powershell and press Enter to access the Control Panel.
Accessing Control Panel from Command Prompt or Powershell might seem a bit of extra work, but it’s a good option to remember if you frequently use these programs.
In the Start Menu, you’ll find the Control Panel shortcut in the Apps section. Simply scroll down to the bottom and click on “Windows System” folder and you will find the Control Panel shortcut inside it.
If you frequently need to access the Control Panel, then you can pin it to the Taskbar for one-click access. Here is how to do it:
In case you want to unpin the shortcut later, then right click on the Control Panel icon again and select Unpin from taskbar.
If you don’t want to clutter your Taskbar with another shortcut, then you can also pin it to the Start Menu:
This will add Control Panel shortcut as a tile in the Start menu.
If you don’t mind another icon on the desktop, then the Control Panel desktop shortcut will surely make things easier. To do this, you can either enable the official Control Panel desktop icon from “Desktop icon settings”, or simply create a Control Panel shortcut.
I will go with the latter option, as it’s more customizable and we will be using it in our next method (method 7) as well.
Control Paneland click on Finish.
This will create a Control Panel shortcut on your desktop that you can open to access the Control Panel.
A keyboard shortcut is the fastest and the easiest way access the Control Panel, but you’ll have to create a desktop shortcut first. Considering that you have already created a desktop shortcut using the above method, here’s how to set a keyboard shortcut:
You can now press Ctrl + Alt + C together to open Control Panel at any time.
I have personally created a keyboard shortcut to open the Control Panel as I access the Control panel dozens of time a day. If you don’t need to access the Control Panel often, then the first 3 methods should do the trick.
I also recommend that you to try enabling God Mode in Windows. It lists all the Control Panel applets in a single interface. If you frequently mess around with Control Panel, then God Mode will surely help.