Tweak PC settings
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.