Reach the Con­trol Panel quicker

Computer Active (UK) - - Contents - Ram­sey Dug­dale

In Is­sue 503, you men­tion that up­dat­ing your Win­dows 10 PC to the Cre­ators Update makes ac­cess to your Con­trol Panel more dif­fi­cult. How­ever, that’s not the case with my PC, which has two ver­sions of the Con­trol Panel only a click away. To set this up, you need to add your desk­top as a short­cut op­tion on your taskbar.

Right-click an empty sec­tion of your taskbar, move your cur­sor to Tool­bars, then click Desk­top. This adds a desk­top short­cut to the right of your taskbar. Click the two ar­rows next to Desk­top to see a pop-up menu with lots of use­ful op­tions, in­clud­ing all the pro­grams on your desk­top. You can click and drag to re­order these items how­ever you want.

Here, you’ll also see two Con­trol Panel op­tions (see screen­shot). Move your cur­sor to the op­tion with the ar­row to ac­cess sev­eral Con­trol Panel sec­tions (‘Ap­pear­ance and Per­son­al­i­sa­tion’, ‘Ease of Ac­cess’ and so on). The other Con­trol Panel op­tion opens the Win­dows 7 ver­sion, where you can view items by cat­e­gory, ‘Large icons’ or ‘Small icons’ us­ing the drop­down menu at the top right.

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