How to Get the Control Panel Menu on the Start Menu

By Kayla Lowe

The Control Panel is the hub for all your computer's controls and settings where you can configure your computer's options. Depending upon how frequently you access your Control Panel, it might benefit you to have the Control Panel menu on your Start menu so that you don't have to navigate through the My Computer menu each time you want to access it. By configuring the properties within your Start menu, you can easily get the Control Panel menu on the Start menu.

Step 1

Right-click on the "Start" menu button and select "Properties" from the drop-down menu that appears.

Step 2

Ensure that the Start menu option is selected (not the Classic Start menu option) and click "Customize."

Step 3

Click on the "Advanced" tab within the "Customize Start Menu" window, and then select the "Display as menu" from the "Control Panel" option. Click "OK" to save your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click on "Display as Link" from the "Control Panel" option in the "Customize Start Menu" window to display a link to the Control Panel instead of a menu, which provides access to each application within the Control Panel.
  • Ensure that you click "OK" in order to save your changes; otherwise, your Start menu configurations will not be saved.

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