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How to open Control Panel on Windows 11

We’ve long speculated on the end of the Control Panel. Microsoft has moved a few settings out of the Control Panel and to the Settings app on Windows 10 but the migration isn’t complete. The Control Panel is alive and kicking on Windows 11.

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Control Panel on Windows 11

As of now, the Control Panel on Windows 11 is the same as it is on Windows 10. There isn’t much change to the app but that means it still remains an integral app for making changes on the OS. Here’s how you can open Control Panel on Windows 11.

1. Open Control Panel – Run box

You can open Control Panel from the Run box.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, enter Control Panel and tap Enter.
  3. The Control Panel will open.

2. Open Control Panel – File Explorer

You can use the location bar in File Explorer to open Control Panel.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click inside the location bar.
  3. Enter Control Panel and tap Enter.
  4. The Control Panel will open.

3. Open Control Panel –  Settings app

The Settings app can open Control Panel from its search bar.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click inside the search bar.
  3. Enter Control Panel.
  4. Select the Control Panel app from the results.
  5. Control Panel will open.

4. Open Control Panel – Command Prompt/PowerShell

You can use both Command Prompt and PowerShell to open Control Panel. The same command works in both.

  1. Open Command Prompt or PowerShell (admin rights are not needed).
  2. Enter Control Panel and tap Enter.
  3. Control Panel will open.

5. Open Control Panel – Task Manager

You can open Control Panel from Task Manager but opening Task Manager in Windows 11 is a little more complicated now.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box.
  2. In the run box, enter taskmgr.exe and tap the Enter key.
  3. Go to File>Run new task.
  4. Enter Control Panel in the box.
  5. Tap Enter.
  6. Control Panel will open.

This method is obviously the long way around. If you have the run box open, you can Control Panel in it, and the app will open.

Conclusion

Control Panel looks slightly different on Windows 11 but the change is cosmetic. It has new icons but you’re highly likely to still run into older icons if you dig around enough. Settings that were removed from Control Panel in Windows 10 remain omitted in Windows 11. We can expect more settings to be removed from Control Panel as Windows 11 goes through updates but at this point, it appears unlikely that the Control Panel app will be removed in its lifetime.

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