Tweak PC set­tings

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

When it comes to chang­ing sys­tem set­tings – from the apps you’ve in­stalled, to the pic­ture to use for your desk­top back­ground – you’ll need the Set­tings tool, ac­ces­si­ble from the Start menu by click­ing its but­ton. Set­tings is cur­rently di­vided into 13 dis­crete sec­tions – click one and you’ll see a se­ries of sub-menus on the left, each of which con­tain sub­sets of op­tions.

Set­tings is Win­dows 10’s re­place­ment for the Con­trol Panel. When Win­dows 10 was first re­leased, it was still very much a hy­brid of both Set­tings and Con­trol Panel, but with each suc­ces­sive fea­ture up­date more set­tings have made their way from the Con­trol Panel into Set­tings. For ex­am­ple, from the Spring Cre­ators Up­date, you’ll man­age your fonts from within Set­tings rather than be­ing redi­rected to the Con­trol Panel.

Thank­fully, Set­tings has its own search tool to help you quickly lo­cate the tweak you want to per­form, while some short­cuts – and search re­sults such as Stor­age Spa­ces – still point to the equiv­a­lent Con­trol Panel ap­plet. How­ever, if you’d rather ex­plore the Con­trol Panel di­rectly, press [Win] + [R], type ‘con­trol’ and hit [En­ter] to force it to ap­pear.

Set­tings is your go-to place for tweak­ing PC set­tings, but the Con­trol Panel con­tin­ues to hang on – for now.

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