Putting the Control Panel on the Desktop

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 21, 2015)

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I don't know about you, but there are several times a day that I pull up the Control Panel to make some configuration change or another in Windows. While it may seem trivial, it is tiresome to perpetually click the Start menu and then click the Control Panel option. It would be much simpler to have an icon for the Control Panel on the desktop where I could double-click and jump right to where I need.

Fortunately, it is rather easy to do this. Here are the steps:

  1. Click the Start button. Windows displays the familiar Start menu.
  2. Right-click on the Control Panel option in the Start menu. Windows displays a Context menu.
  3. Choose the Show on Desktop option. Windows immediately displays a Control Panel icon on the desktop.

If, at some later point, you no longer want the Control Menu displayed on your desktop, you can hide it by again performing these three steps.

 This tip (3586) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 9 + 4?

2015-12-21 12:45:21

Scott Renz

WyoSteve:

As my drill sergeant used to tell me, "No, your MILITARY right!"


2015-12-21 09:48:34

WyoSteve

I'm going back to bed. Also in step 5, toward the end it should read "...RIGHT (not left) clicking it and selecting...". I guess I don't know my left from my right. Next time I'll edit better before I click Submit Comment.


2015-12-21 09:44:33

WyoSteve

It was early when I wrote the tip below. Now I need to make a small correction. In step 5, it should read "...LEFT (not right) click and hold down...". Sorry about that error.


2015-12-21 08:20:04

WyoSteve

I forgot to include that in Windows 10, you can also get to the control panel by left clicking the start button and scrolling down to and clicking "Control Panel".


2015-12-21 08:10:35

WyoSteve

You can do this in Window 10, too, as follows:

1. Click the start button.
2. Click "All Apps".
3. Scroll down to "Windows System" and click it.
4. Left click "Control Panel" and select "Pin to Start Menu"
5. If you wish to also place this on your desktop, right click and hold down and drag a copy from the start menu (the bunch of blocks on the right side when you click the start button) to the desktop. It will then be in both places. If you wish, you can then remove it from the start menu by left clicking it and selecting "Unpin from Start". It will then be ONLY on the desktop.

The above can be done with almost anything on the All Apps listing, not just the control panel. I hope this tip will be useful to Windows 10 users.


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