Beginner: How to open the control panel in Windows 8 to modify system settings

Control Panel is one of the vital utility of Windows operating system which allows to view and edit system settings and controls such as editing, adding hardware drivers, installing and removing softwares, manipulating user accounts and more.

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Steps to open the control panel

1. Open the Charms bar by moving your mouse pointer over the right cornor of your screen. Alternatively you may press Windows key + C on Start screen to open Charms bar. Then select Search.

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2. Next, type ‘control panel’ in the search box and click on the search button. Then click on the Control Panel icon on the left side of the pane.

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3. Finally, Control Panel opens. Alternatively, you can open Control Panel by opening Windows Explorer from the Desktop tile. Then click on the Computer on the left pane and click on the Open Control Panel ribbon. That are the complete steps to open control panel.

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Conclusion

Control Panel has been an important part of the Windows operating system which is available since it’s first release (Windows 1.0). The control panel is gradually upgraded with more easy interface and powerful features. After Windows 95, control panel is treated as a special folder which does not physically exist, but it’s settings are stored as .cpl files.

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