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How To Open Control Panel on Windows 11

Dec 9, 2022

Some Windows users are wondering why they can’t find Control Panel on their computers. This present tutorial includes nearly all methods for opening the Control Panel. Keep reading to find out.

The Control Panel is a component of Microsoft Windows that provides the ability to view and change system settings and has been part of Microsoft Windows since Windows 1.0. Control Panel controls most Windows settings about how it looks and works. A lot of users use Control Panel to set up Windows to optimize and customize their devices.

But on Windows 10, Control Panel is deprecated in favor of Settings in October 2020. Trying to open the page of the Control Panel will redirect users to the Windows 10 Settings. Some functions were also moved exclusively to Settings and cannot be performed from Control Panel.

Is Control Panel available in my Windows 11? Where can I open it? Don’t worry. The answer is yes! Control Panel can still be opened in the latest version of Windows now, but may not be in the old ways.

Five methods to open Control Panel in Windows 11

Method 1. Search Box

  • Click on Search which is next to the Start button on the taskbar or press Windows+S to open the Search Box.
  • Type control panel in the box and click it open from the results.

Method 2. Run Box

  • Press Windows+R to open Run.
  • Type control panel in its box and click OK.

Method 3. File Explorer

  • Press Win+E to open File Explorer.
  • Click on the small arrow in the top box to open its drop-down menu.
  • Select and open Control Panel in the drop-down menu.

Method 4. Personalize

  • Right-click on the blank area of the desktop, and select Personalize.
  • Click on Themes.
  • Choose Desktop icon settings under Related settings.
  • Once you tick the box before Control Panel, click Apply then OK. The Control Panel will be shown on the desktop.

Method 5. Shortcut

  • Right-click on a blank area of the desktop, and select New.
  • Click on Shortcut in the drop-down menu.
  • Type Control Panel in the box on the new pup-up page.
  • Type Control Panel again on the next page.
  • Click on Finish. There will be a shortcut of the Control Panel on the desktop.


These five ways will surely help Windows users find Control Panel on their Windows system, both Windows 11 and Windows 10. In case you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the comment section. Professional WiseCleaner will always offer you better solutions to optimize your Windows PCs and make them at best performance.