Windows 10 has a new Settings app that tries to replace the old Control Panel. Unfortunately it doesn't succeed in this regard as there are many settings and tools that you will find only in Control Panel. Also, the Control Panel is hidden when compared to earlier versions of Windows. If you want to know all the ways for starting it in Windows 10, read this guide:
1. Use Search (Cortana)
One of the fastest ways to start anything in Windows 10 is to use Cortana and its search box on the taskbar. Click inside the search box or tap on it and type "Control Panel" and then click or tap the appropriate search result. Or, talk to Cortana and say "Open Control Panel".
2. Use The WinX Menu
We love using the WinX menu. As its name implies, the keyboard shortcut for opening it is Windows + X. You can also right click the Start button to open it or tap and hold on it. In the WinX menu click or tap Control Panel.
3. Use The Control Panel Shortcut From Our Collection
We have created a Control Panel shortcut which we offer in our collection of Windows shortcuts, here: Download The Biggest Library of Windows shortcuts.
Extract it from our pack and place it where you want it to be.
4. Use The Control Panel Shortcut From The Start Menu
A slower way of starting the Control Panel is to click or tap the Start button to open the Start Menu. Then, click or tap All Apps and scroll down to the Windows System folder. Click or tap on it and there you will find the Control Panel shortcut.
5. Pin Control Panel To The Start Menu
In order to quickly access the Control Panel search for it using the the first method we shared and then right-click or press and hold the Control Panel search result.
In the contextual menu, click or tap "Pin to Start".
The Control Panel shortcut is now pinned to the Start Menu and you can use it to start it as quickly as possible.
6. Pin Control Panel To The Taskbar
Search for Control Panel using the the first method we shared and then right-click or press and hold the Control Panel search result.
In the contextual menu, click or tap "Pin to taskbar".
The Control Panel shortcut is now pinned to the taskbar and you can use it at any time.
7. Use The Run Window
Press Windows + R on your keyboard to open the Run window.
Then, type control panel and hit Enter or press OK.
The Control Panel is now started.
8. Add the Desktop Toolbar to the Taskbar
This method is a bit more cumbersome but it may be useful to some users. It involves adding a new toolbar to the taskbar:
Right-click the taskbar in Windows 10 (or tap and hold on it) and then click or tap Toolbars followed by Desktop.
The Desktop toolbar is now added to the taskbar. Click or tap on it and then press Control Panel to open a menu with all its shortcuts.
These are all the methods I found for starting the Control Panel in Windows 10. Some of them are easier than others and I hope that you will find this list helpful. If you know other methods, don't hesitate to share them using the comments form below. Other Windows 10 users will surely appreciate your insights.