Changing Control Panel Views

by Barry Dysert
(last updated September 15, 2014)

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The Windows Control Panel is quite often the path to follow when doing a variety of system-level activities. There are a few different views to the Control Panel, though, and this sometimes leads to confusion. For example, you may be reading a tip that says to click on the "System and Security" link, but you don't see such a link when you look at the Control Panel. The problem may be that you're looking at a different view.

Changing Control Panel views is simple and harmless. The default view for the Control Panel is known as the Category view; this is what you see when you look at the Control Panel on a newly installed copy of Windows. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Control Panel's Category view.

To change the view, use the View By drop-down list near the upper-right corner of the screen. When you click on it, you'll see that you have three choices: Category, Large Icons, and Small Icons. The icon-based views are very similar to the way that the Control Panel looked several versions of Windows ago. (All the way back to Windows XP.) For instance, choosing Small Icons displays each tool in the Control Panel as a small icon, in alphabetical order. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The "small icons" view of the Control Panel.

When you select a different view, the change takes place immediately and is thereafter used as the default view until you change it again. When you've selected the view you want, just close the window by clicking the red "X".

 This tip (13225) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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