While Microsoft has been trying to deprecate some of the tools in the Control Panel, it is not currently removing the Control Panel tools. If you’re used to using the Control Panel, then I suggest you read 11 different ways to open the Windows 11 Control Panel provided in this article.
How to Access Control Panel in Windows 11?
1 Use search to open the control panel
Using the search function to access the control panel is quick and easy:
- Click the search icon on the taskbar or press the Windows key.
- Fill in control panel in the top search box
- Click Control Panel in the search results.
2 Open the control panel with settings
The Control Panel can also be opened via the Settings app
- Click the Windows icon on the taskbar or press the Windows key to open the Start menu.
- Click Settings on the Start menu.
- Fill in control panel in the search box on the left.
- Click Control Panel in the search results.
3 Use the Start menu Windows Tools to open the Control Panel
A new shortcut called Windows Tools has been added to the Windows 11 Start menu, which provides quick access to the Control Panel:
- Launch Start menu and click All Apps.
- Scroll through the list of applications and click Windows Tools.
- Double-click Control Panel.
4 Pin the control panel shortcut to the start menu or taskbar
Pinning the Control Panel shortcut to the Start menu or taskbar allows you to quickly open the Control Panel.
- Open the Start menu, or click the Search icon on the taskbar, and in the Search box at the top type: Control Panel.
- Under Best Match, right-click Control Panel, and then click Pin to taskbar or Pin to Start.
- The Start menu remains open, so if you want Control Panel to be available on both the Start menu and the taskbar, you can choose other options that are not selected.
- The control panel is now available on the taskbar.
5 Add the control panel to the desktop
In addition to pinning the control panel to the taskbar, you can also add the control panel to the desktop for quick access.
- Right-click on empty area and then click Personalize.
- Click Themes on the Personalization.
- Click Desktop Icon Settings on the Themes.
In the Desktop Icon Settings dialog box, select the Control Panel check box, and then click OK.
A Control Panel icon is added to the desktop.
6 Create Control Panel Shortcuts That Can Be Placed Anywhere
In addition to pinning the control panel to the start menu, taskbar, desktop, as mentioned above, it can also be pinned to a specific folder, etc.
Right-click on any empty area on the desktop.
Choose New, and then choose Shortcut.
Copy and paste %windir%\System32\control.exe and click next.
Type a name for the shortcut in Control Panel and click Finish.
After adding the Control Panel shortcut on the desktop, you are allowed to copy or move the shortcut anywhere.
7 Open the Control Panel using the address bar in File Explorer
If you normally use File Explorer, you can also open the Control Panel through File Explorer
To open Control Panel using File Explorer, click the down arrow in the drop-down list in the address bar, and then click Control Panel.
8 Add Control Panel to File Explorer’s Folder List
You can also open the Control Panel with one click by adding File Explorer to the folder list.
Click the View More menu button in the upper-right corner of the File Explorer window, and then click Select.
Click the View tab.
In the Advanced Settings box, under Navigation Pane, check the Show All Folders box and click OK.
The control panel will be added to the list of items in the left pane.
9 Use the Run dialog to open the Control Panel
Opening the Control Panel from the Run dialog is just as quick and easy:
Open Run by pressing Windows key + R keys.
Type control and click OK.
10 Open Control Panel from Command Prompt or PowerShell
In addition to the methods above, it is also possible through Command Prompt, the command line in PowerShell, or the new Windows Terminal in Windows 11.
Right-click the Start menu icon on the taskbar, and then click Windows Terminal.
Type control and hit Enter.
11 Open Control Panel from Task Manager
Finally, you can also open the Control Panel from the Task Manager. The last method is similar to the one above.
Launch Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys.
If Task Manager is open in compact mode, as shown in the image below, click More Details to expand it.
Select Run New Task from the File menu.
In the Create New Task dialog box, type: control in the Open box, and then click OK.
In conclusion, no matter which way you choose to pen control panel in Windows 11, they are very easy and fast.