How to open Control Panel in Windows 11

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

Using the Start menu

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

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Use the Run menu or the command prompt

In the "To run" box type "control" and press Enter.

You can also launch Control Panel from the Run menu. Press Windows + R on your keyboard, and when the Run window appears, type “control,” then click “OK” or hit Enter. Likewise, you can open Control Panel from Command Prompt or Windows Terminal by typing “control” and pressing 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 in your taskbar. If you want to keep it so that you can launch it from your taskbar later, right-click on the Control Panel icon and select “Pin to taskbar”. The next time you want to launch Control Panel, click on the icon in your taskbar.

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Add a desktop icon

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

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