Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated June 24, 2019)
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 go through the steps to navigate to the Control Panel. 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 in Windows 7:
If, at some later point, you no longer want the Control Panel displayed on your desktop, you can hide it by again performing these three steps.
Here are the steps in Windows 10:
Figure 1. The search results for Control Panel.
Figure 2. The Manage tab of the Windows System dialog box.
After completing Step 3 above, you could also simply press the CTRL key while clicking on the Control Panel link in the Windows System dialog box and drag it to an empty area on the desktop. The Control Panel icon is now displayed on the desktop.
If, at some later point, you no longer want the Control Panel displayed on your desktop, you can remove it by right-clicking on the Control Panel icon and clicking Delete from the context menu.
This tip (3586) applies to Windows 7 and 10.
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