The Control Panel in Windows is a very important component that allows you to change system settings from this one place. Although it is being succeeded by the Settings app, it’s still useful in certain situations and here is how to open Control Panel in Windows 10.

As the Control Panel is being phased out, it seems to be more difficult to access it. It’s no longer in the places that you could get to it in earlier builds of Windows.

So we have put together the steps in order to get to the Control Panel in the quickest and easiest way possible.

Steps to open the Control Panel

  1. Open the Start Menu. See how to do that over here.
  2. Type ‘control panel’ and click on ‘Control Panel’ in the result at the top of the Start Menu.
open control panel from start menu

Alternative method – Using the keyboard

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing and holding down the Windows Key and tapping ‘R’ and release the Windows key.
  2. Type ‘control panel’ in the open box and left-click on ‘OK’.
run command to open control panel

Windows Control Panel

windows control panel

Its layout is very similar to the Windows Settings app. You have a group of categorized settings for each of the items initially presented in it.

The search function allows you to find settings by narrowing the related settings to the letters you type into the search box.

Create a shortcut to your taskbar

Once you have opened the Control Panel, right-click on the icon in the taskbar and left click ‘Pin to taskbar’.

pin control panel shortcut to taskbar

What’s the shortcut key to open the Control Panel?

Unfortunately, there is no shortcut key that does this directly.

The fastest method to access the Control Panel is to create a permanent shortcut in your taskbar (as shown above), making it accessible with just a click of a mouse button.


Although it’s a component that is being phased out, I still find it useful and I tend to access everything easier in terms of UI and usability. Of course, that is only my opinion.

Hopefully, this has helped you to open up the Control Panel in Windows 10 easily enough.