How to Open Control Panel in Windows 10

Daisy updated on Jan 11, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

The classic Control Panel represented the main motherboard for finding and configuring various system functions for every Windows user. However, the older Control Panel has noticed a significant overhaul in the form of the Settings app in Windows 10 and onwards.

It is simpler to navigate, easily accessible, and lists all commonly used settings. In addition, you can expect a better user experience if you use touch-pad-enabled laptops since Settings allows touch-based accessibility.

However, the original Control Panel version does include vital features. So, if you want to open Control Panel in Windows 10, give this guide a read.

Open Windows 10 Control Panel with Keyboard

 One of the easiest ways to access the control panel on your system is to use the system keyboard. A few quick steps help you open Control Panel instantly. Let's discuss how.

Step 1: On your keyboard, click on the “Win” and “R" keys. This will open the Run window.

Step 2: In the text field, type in the term- control. Then, hit the Enter button on the keyboard.

type in the term control

Step 3: Press OK to confirm.

Open Windows 10 Control Panel in Search Box

This is again a quick step to open Control Panel on Windows 10. Like other programs on your system, you can also search and open Control Panel from the Search Box.

Step 1: Click on the Start icon. Alternatively, press the Win + C hotkey to open Search directly.

Step 2: Type "Control Panel" in the blank search field. Then, press the Enter button or click on the first app version of the Control Panel that appears.

search control panel

Open Windows 10 Control Panel in Start Menu

There are two ways to open Control Panel using the Start Menu, directly through the app list or the app tiles in the Start menu. 

Go through Apps:

Step 1: Click on the Windows or Start button. 

Step 2: Scroll through the list of features and press the Windows System app.

Step 3: Click on the arrow to get a drop-down menu of folders. Tap the Control Panel choice.

tap the control panel choice

Via Pinned tiles:

Step 1: Access Start and insert "Control Panel" in the text box. Or, you can directly search for it from the menu.

Step 2: Right-click on it and tap the "Pin to Start" option.

pin to start

Step 3: The shortcut tile will showcase in the pinned tile collection through the Start menu. Click on it to run Control Panel.

run control panel

Open Windows 10 Control Panel with Settings

You can access the Settings app on your device and activate the Control Panel there.

Step 1: Go to the Settings app on your Windows 10 device.

go to settings app

Step 2: In the text field, type in Control Panel. Hit the Enter button.

Open Windows 10 Control Panel with File Explorer

File Explorer is the section where you can access your files in Windows 10. You can access the Control Panel through this part as well.

Step 1: On the Windows 10 homepage, click on the File Explorer app. Or tap options like Quick Access, This PC, or some older folder. 

Step 2: Tap the arrow icon on the left side of the window.

Step 3: Choose Control Panel from the options.

choose control panel

Open Windows 10 Control Panel with Shortcut

Another simple method would be to find the Control Panel by creating a shortcut for it on your desktop.

Step 1: Right-click your mouse on your desktop screen and choose "New".

Step 2: From the following drop-down menu, choose Shortcut.

choose shortcut

Step 3: The "Type the location of the item" box will come up. Add this path:

explorer shell:ControlPanelFolder

Press Next.

Step 4: Under the "Type a name for this shortcut" section, insert "Control Panel" and tap the Finish icon.

tap the finish icon

Step 5: A shortcut icon of it will appear on the desktop. Double-click to open.

Open Windows 10 Control Panel with Cortana

Users with PCs with microphone functionality can speak to the Cortana app to access File Explorer.

Step 1: Press the Microphone icon on your computer. Next, speak "Control Panel" into the speaker.

press the microphone icon

Step 2: The app will open the feature directly. However, avoid adding "Open" before that, as Cortana does not support that search option.

open the feature directly


Multiple methods are available to open Control Panel through Windows 10 easily. You can directly click on the app through the desktop, search through Settings or Start menu, and other options. All methods mentioned here are simple to carry out for maximum users.


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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working at EaseUS for over ten years, starting as a technical writer and moving on to being a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over ten years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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