How to Find the Right Control Panel Settings in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Windows 10 adds more controls than ever to the Settings app, but the older Control Panel still holds the reins for a few settings. That means it’s still difficult to know which spot holds the switch you need to flip.

When dealing with two control panels filled with nesting menus, you’ll rarely stumble randomly across the setting you need. So, instead of clicking aimlessly at menus, tell Windows to find the switch for you.

Follow these steps to find the setting you need:

  1. Click the Start button, tap in the adjacent Search box, and type a word describing your desired setting.

    When you type the first letter, every setting containing that letter appears in a list above the Search box. If you don’t know the exact name of your setting, begin typing a keyword: display, mouse, user, privacy, or something that describes your need.

    Don’t see the right setting? Press the Backspace key to delete the letters you’ve typed and then try again with a different word.

    The Search box also lists other matches for your keyword: files on your computer, apps from Windows Store, and even items found on websites.

  2. Click your desired setting on the list.

    Windows takes you directly to that setting on the appropriate control panel.

    When searching for a setting, always try the Search box first. Spending a few minutes at the Search pane yields better results than scouring the hundreds of settings stuffed in the two Windows control panels.