This post shows students and new users the steps to open and use the Control Panel application when using Windows 11. The Control Panel in Windows allows users to change various hardware and software settings, including mouse, display, keyboard, network, sound, etc.

The Control Panel has been a central location for almost all Windows settings over the years and plays a crucial role in managing Windows. However, starting with Windows 8, Microsoft introduced Windows Settings to make users leave the Control Panel and be replaced by the modern-looking Windows Settings application.

The Control Panel is not a central part of Windows 11 and is, in fact, hidden from most users. Users must now search to find it and use it to make some changes. Although the Windows Settings app is the preferred one for everything related to system configuration, there are some changes that can only be made in the Control Panel, so it is still dead.

Next, you will be shown how to open and use the Control Panel in Windows 11.

The new Windows 11 comes packed with many new features with a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading posts about it.

To start using the Control Panel in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

If you don’t already know, there are eight main category areas in the Control Panel, containing different settings for optimizing your computer.

  • Security system – A section to check the status of your computer, backup and restore, and others.
  • Network and Internet – View network and tasks.
  • Hardware and sound – See what devices and printers on your computer.
  • Programs – Uninstall programs.
  • User account – Change and add user accounts
  • appearance and customization – Change desktop themes, icons and accents, etc.
  • Clock and region – Change date, time or number formats
  • Ease of access – Optimize your display settings and various accessibility features

How to open the control panel in Windows 11

Now that you know a little about the Control Panel, here’s how to open it when using Windows 11.

One way to open the Control Panel in Windows 11 is to click on the Start button and start writing Control Panel. Select the Control Panel application under Best match as highlighted in the image below.

Or open a Run dialog box by pressing Windows wrench

Press the Windows key and R. Then write Control Panel in the box and press ENTEROKAY.

From the command line or command prompt, type the following command to open the Control Panel.

control panel

There may still be more ways to open the Control Panel in Windows 11. However, the few methods above should get you started.

How to use the control panel in Windows 11

Below are some posts on how tasks are performed when using Control Panel.

There are many other tasks that can still only be controlled from the Control Panel.


In this tutorial we have seen how to open and use the control panel in Windows 11. If you find any errors above, use the comment form below to report.

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