4 Ways to Access the Control Panel in Windows 8

Getting used to using Windows 8? Since I’m a computer tech guy, one place I am always visiting on my computer is the Control Panel. I’m just so used to clicking on the Start button and then opening the Control Panel from there. In Windows 8, since there is no start button, you have to do some funky stuff before you can access it!

In this post, I’m going to show you the four different ways you can access the Control Panel from Windows 8 and how to set it up so that you can access it very quickly instead of going to multiple menus and clicks.

Method 1 – Desktop Icon

The easiest way to access the Control Panel is to add it to your Windows 8 desktop. You can do this by right-clicking on the Desktop and choosing Personalize.

personalize windows 8

Next, click on Change Desktop Icons in the left hand pane.

change desktop icons

Now go ahead and check the box next to Computer and Control Panel. I mention Computer because that is used in the second method below.

control panel desktop

That’s it. Now the Control Panel icon will show up on your desktop for easy access. On to the second method!

Method 2 – Computer Icon

In Method 1, I had said to check Computer and the reason is because it has a special look in Explorer whereby you can access the Control Panel quickly. If you click on Computer on your desktop, you’ll see at the top, the menu is File, Computer, View. Click on Computer.

open control panel

There is an option in the ribbon called Open Control Panel. You can click on that to get into it. So that’s the second way.

Method 3 – Start Screen

The third way involves using the Start Screen. Go to the Start Screen by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard, moving your mouse to the lower-left part of your screen, or moving your mouse to the upper-right part of the screen and clicking on Start in the Charms bar that appears.

Once you are there, right-click on any empty space and you’ll see the All Apps option appear at the bottom.

all apps

Click on that and then scroll to the right. You should then see the Control Panel item listed. You can simply click on it to open the Control Panel.

start screen control panel

Method 4 continues from this point and adds the Control Panel to your Start Screen and Taskbar.

Method 4 – Pin to Start, Pin to Taskbar

Finally, the last thing you can do is right-click on Control Panel in the last screenshot from Method 3 and you’ll see options to Pin to Start and Pin to Taskbar.

pin to taskbar

Pinning to Start will save you from having to go to the Start Screen, right-click, choose All Apps, then click the Control Panel. Instead it’ll just show up on the main Start Screen. Pin to Taskbar will obviously just add it to your Windows 8 taskbar.

control panel taskbar

And that’s it. Now you can easily access the Control Panel in a bunch of different ways in Windows 8. Got any questions? If so, post a comment and we’ll try to help. Enjoy!

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