Open in Control Panel

Control Panel is the most common component of Microsoft Windows that helps the user change Windows settings. This Control Panel component also manages the user account and accesses networking settings on Windows devices.

This option is available on every device, whether you’re using a Windows PC or Mac, so change the settings according to your preferences. You can change the hardware and software settings, including keyboard function, passwords and users, network settings, management, backgrounds, sounds, hardware, and program installation.

How to Open Control Panel on Windows?

To access the components on Windows, follow the instructions:

  1. Click on the Start option.
  2. Type Control Panel in the search box.
  3. Click on the component to open it.

An alternative way to open Control Panel on Windows:

To open the components on Windows, follow the instructions:

  1. Press the Windows and R keys simultaneously.
  2. Type the Control Panel in the run dialog box.
  3. Press the Enter key to open.

How to view Control Panel options?

Control Panel is available on most of the Windows versions, including Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows 98. To view Control Panel options, follow the instructions:

  • Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7: These component settings are shown when you click on the Category option, which shows all the settings together in a sequence.
  • Windows Vista: The Home view shows the settings options together, whereas in the classic view, you can see the settings options individually.
  • Windows XP: Category View shows all the setting options in sequence, and Classic View shows individual setting options.

What are the different sections in the Control Panel?

There are certain sections that help the user change the Windows settings and manage the user account. Let’s take a look at the sections shown in the components of Windows:

  • System and Security – This section reviews the device status, saves the backup files with file history, and helps in backup and restore on Windows.
  • Network and Internet – Change the network settings in Windows and check the network status.
  • Hardware and Sound – Check the detailed information about other connected devices, including printers, and also add a device.
  • Programs – Through this section, you can verify the programs and uninstall the unwanted ones.
  • User Accounts – Manage the user account and check the user account activity.
  • Appearance and Personalization – You can change the date, time, display, and background, as well as make some valid changes.
  • Clock and Region – Change the date and time shown on your Windows device.
  • Ease of access – Optimize your display settings and also suggest that users change the settings.