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Inside the Windows 10 Control Panel

When it comes to finding features and settings in Windows, the Control Panel has always been where I go to find them. The same holds true for Windows 10. Let's take a look inside the Windows 10 Control Panel.

Inside the Windows 10 Control Panel

The Control Panel in Windows 10 contains all sorts of different features and settings. Some of them are easy to find, other can be quite hidden. But with a little patience, you find everything you are looking for and more.

Now finding the Control Panel in Windows 10 can be a little hard. There are two (2) different shortcuts to it: One on the Start menu and one on the Power User menu. I personally like to use the Power User menu shortcuts as they are really quick and easy to use.

How to access the Control Panel in Windows 10

  1. Left-click on the Start button to bring up the Start Menu.
  2. Scroll down the list of programs and left-click on the Windows System folder to expand it.
  3. Left-click on Control Panel.

or

  1. Right-click on the Start menu to bring up the Power User command menu.
  2. Left-click on Control Panel.

or

  1. Press the Windows logo key Windows logo key + X to bring up the Power User command menu.
  2. Press the letter P to select Control Panel.

I am still amazed at just how many features and settings that can be accessed from the Control Panel. You can access everything from creating hard drive partitions to managing work folders.

I really like the Settings app in Windows 10, but, like allot of other people, I am more familiar with the Control Panel. Did you know that it first appeared in Windows 2.0?

But with Windows 10, Microsoft has now deprecated it in favor of the Settings app. But there are still items that you can only find in the Control Panel. Third-party applets are one that comes to mind.

Going through all of the features and settings inside of the Control Panel in Windows 10 could take some time. Even changing the view from Category to Large icons or Small icons still doesn't give you all that the Control Panel contains.

Windows 10 Control Panel in God Mode
Windows 10 Control Panel in God Mode

This where the God Mode comes in really handy. If you're not familiar with God Mode, it lists all of the Control Panel features and settings in detail. Using God Mode, you can find some really cool features and settings.

How to list everything inside of the Windows 10 Control Panel in one folder

For example, living in Arizona has one unique feature, never having to change our clocks for daylight savings time. Now the down side is that all the rest of the U.S. does change its clocks twice a year.

Additional clocks on Taskbar in Windows 10
Additional clocks on Taskbar in Windows 10

With having vendors across the U.S. I really need to know what the time is in their time zone. I found under Clock, Language, and Region > Date and Time that I can add multiple clocks for the different times zones.

So, when you have some time, take a minute or two and explore through the Control Panel and see what cool features and settings you can find.

How to list everything inside of the Windows 10 Control Panel in one folder

When it comes to finding something in the Control Panel in Windows 10, you really have to know where to look. You could spend hours going through all of the categories. But what if you could see everything that was inside of the Control Panel in just one window. Here's how to list everything inside of the Windows 10 Control Panel.

How to list everything inside of the Windows 10 Control Panel in one folder

This shortcut was originally nicknamed 'God Mode' when it was first discovered inside of Windows Vista. It basically is a registry key that when rendered inside of the File Explorer displays the complete contains of the Control Panel. No searching through categories and subcategories, everything is right there in one folder.

How to create a an expanded Control Panel folder

Windows 10 expanded Control Panel code
1. Highlight the following code, right-click on it and select Copy.

Control Panel Expanded.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Note:
For this article I am going to use the name Control Panel Expanded. You can use whatever name you like, just keep the GUID (Global Unique Identifier) extension (.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}) at the end.

Create a new Desktop folder in Windows 10
2. Right-click on the Desktop background and select New > Folder.

Paste Windows 10 expanded Control Panel code into folder name
3. Right-click on the new folder name and select Paste.

New expanded Control Panel icon on Desktop
4. You now have a folder on your Desktop that has a Control Panel icon. Just double-click to open it.

View everything in the Control Panel in one folder in Windows 8

With the new Metro interface for Windows 8, finding things can be kind of hard. So I thought I would give the 'God Mode' trick from Windows 7 a try and sure enough it works. The way it works is you create a new folder and give it a specific name. Then, when you open that folder, it displays the complete contains of the Control Panel.

Complete listing of Control Panel in one folder inside of Windows 8
Complete listing of Control Panel in one folder inside of Windows 8

All you have to do is create a new folder (I like having one on my Desktop) and cut & paste the following code in the name (check out How to create a shortcut on the Desktop and Start menu in Windows 8).

Control Panel Expanded.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Note:
For this article I am going to use the name Control Panel Expanded. You can use whatever you like, just keep the GUID (Global Unique Identifier) extension (.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}) at the end
.

First thing you will notice is that the folder now has a Control Panel icon. Double clicking it reveals the complete contains of the Control Panel. How does it work? The folder extension references the GUID for the Control Panel in the registry and lists everything contained in it.

List everything contained in the Control Panel in Windows Vista in one folder

In a recent article , I showed how to list everything contained in the Control Panel in Windows 7 in one folder. I had read couple of articles concerning the Windows 7 'God Mode' and I thought I would take look into. I then decided to check and see if this also worked with Windows Vista, and sure enough, it does. The way it works is you create a new folder and give it a specific name. Then, when you open that folder, it displays the contains of the control panel. Let's give it a try.

First, create a new folder and cut & paste the following in the name:

Control Panel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Note:
For this article I am going to use the name Control Panel. You can use whatever you like, just keep the GUID extension (.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}) at the end
.

First thing you will notice is that the folder now has a Control Panel icon. Double clicking it reveals the complete contains of the Control Panel. I thought to myself 'Pretty sweet, but how does it work?'. I quickly found the answer. The folder extension references the GUID (Global Unique Identifier) for the Control Panel in the registry and lists everything contained in the Control Panel.

Till then,
Scott

List everything contained in the Control Panel in Windows 7 in one folder

In this article, I show how to list everything contained in the Control Panel in Windows 7 in one folder. I had read couple of articles concerning the Windows 7 'God Mode' and I thought I would take look into. The way it works is you create a new folder and give it a specific name. Then, when you open that folder, it displays the contains of the control panel. Let's give it a try.

First, create a new folder and cut & paste the following in the name:

Control Panel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Note:
For this article I am going to use the name Control Panel. You can use whatever you like, just keep the GUID extension (.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}) at the end
.

First thing you will notice is that the folder now has a Control Panel icon. Double clicking it reveals the complete contains of the Control Panel. I thought to myself 'Pretty sweet, but how does it work?'. I quickly found the answer. The folder extension references the GUID (Global Unique Identifier) for the Control Panel in the registry and lists everything contained in the Control Panel.

Till then,
Scott

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