Control Panel has been around since the beginning era of the GUI-based Windows operating system (Windows 1.0). It allows you to do such things as installing/uninstalling Windows apps, setting the network, managing user accounts and so on. In Windows 10, the role of Control Panel is not as crucial as the previous versions of Windows thanks to the existence of Windows Settings. It doesn’t mean that Control Panel is useless in Windows 10. Some Windows apps can only be uninstalled via Control Panel.
Some Windows users also tend to more convenient to perform administrative things via Control Panel instead of Windows Settings.
There are several ways to open Control Panel in Windows 10.
1. Open Control Panel in Windows 10 via start menu
The easiest way to open Control Panel is via the start menu. This method applies to all Windows versions, including Windows 10. You can click the Windows icon on the bottom-left corner on your screen to open the Windows 10 menu. You can find Control Panel under the Windows System folder.
2. Open Control Panel in Windows 10 via Windows Search
The search feature of Windows is pretty useful to help to find something on your computer. From setting locations, folders to files. In Windows 10, this feature is getting better and better. You can search for something with a more specific query. You can also open Control Panel via Windows Search.
Simply type “control panel” on the search box on the taskbar and click Control Panel once you find it.
3. Open Control Panel in Windows 10 via Run
Run is another handy feature of Windows to easily jump to a setting location or open a certain utility. However, it takes advanced Windows knowledge to use Run. To open Control Panel via Run, you type “control panel” on the Run dialog box and hit enter. Press Windows+R keys on the keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
4. Open Control Panel in Windows 10 via Command Prompt and PowerShell
If you are working with Command Prompt or PowerShell and need to open Control Panel, you can directly open Control Panel from both apps by simply typing “control panel”.