What is the Control Panel?

What is the Control Panel?

Control Panel

Updated: 04/12/2021 by Computer Hope

What is the Control Panel?

The Control Panel is a section of

Microsoft Windows

that enables a user to change various computer hardware and software features. Settings for the

mouse

,

display

,

sound

,

network

, and

keyboard

represent a few examples of what may be modified in the Control Panel. Below are examples of how the Control Panel appeared in Windows.

Tip

In Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, you can use the search box in the top-right corner of the Control Panel window to find the area you’re looking to adjust. For example, type firewall to search for the

Firewall

settings in the Control Panel.

Tip

In Windows 8 and Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to transition users away from using the Control Panel in favor of

Windows Settings

.

Note

A

Mac computer

and

Chromebook

do not have a Control Panel. The closest equivalent is System Preferences on a Mac and Settings on a Chromebook.

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The evolution of the Windows Control Panel

Windows 10 Control Panel

Microsoft Windows 7 Control Panel
Microsoft Windows 7 Control Panel

Microsoft Windows XP Control Panel
Microsoft Windows XP Control Panel

Microsoft Windows 98 Control Panel
Microsoft Windows 98 Control Panel

Related pages

  • How to open the Windows Control Panel.

  • Description of each category and icon in the Control Panel.

  • Unable to find icons in Windows Control Panel.

  • How to add or remove icons in Windows Control Panel.

  • How to block access to the Control Panel.

Add/Remove programs

,

Control

,

cPanel

,

Operating system terms

,

Settings

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