Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated November 26, 2018)
Windows is a complicated operating system that attempts to be as user-friendly as it can. Part of the attempt includes allowing you to modify the user interface and settings by which Windows does its work. The central place where you can make changes to the settings that Windows relies upon is in an area known as the Control Panel.
To display the Control Panel on a Windows 7 system, simply click the Start button and then click Control Panel.
If you are using Windows 8, displaying the Control Panel is a bit more complex. For that version of the operating system, see the tip entitled Displaying the Windows 8 Control Panel.
If you are using Windows 10, perhaps the easiest way to display the Control Panel is to type "control panel" (without the quotes) in the search bar. Windows will then display the Control Panel app. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The Windows Control Panel
Virtually everything you see in the Control Panel is a link to a place where you can make the changes you desire. All you need to do is figure out what you want to do, and then click the link that leads to where that task can be accomplished.
Many of the tips published in WindowsTips rely upon adjusting things in the Control Panel.
This tip (10709) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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