How to Put Control Panel on Your Desktop Right-Click Menu
This tip will work in all versions of Windows 10 up to and including the very latest versions of Windows 10 Version 1809 (October 2018 Update)
Microsoft is bound and determined to get rid of Control Panel in Windows 10 and replace it with Settings. But not so fast. Not so fast!
Many Control Panel items are still not included in settings, so it looks like Control Panel will be around a while longer. And, if you use Settings a lot you’ve probably noticed when you click certain items in Settings, you end up in Control Panel anyway. Someday, Microsoft will eventually get everything moved out of Control Panel and into the Settings app, but as now they are not close to getting that done. The geeks call this “deprecating” Control Panel.
Since Windows 10 Creators Update *Version 1703* Control Panel has been removed from the Win X menu (right-click the Start button – that’s the Win X menu, which can also be launched by pressing the Windows Key + X).
You can access Control Panel without a shortcut. Just type CONTROL in taskbar search and press Enter. Control Panel will open. While Control Panel is open, you can right-click on its icon in the taskbar and choose “Pin to taskbar” if you want a permanent shortcut to Control Panel on your taskbar.
Today, we’ve made a reg file that will add Control Panel (with options) to your desktop right-click menu. See?
Notice that this works on the very latest version of Windows 10 (Insider Preview Version 1809 build 18305) and it also works on Windows 10 Version 1803, Version 1709 and earlier versions of Windows 10.
If you download and run our reg file (link below), you’ll have Control Panel, and the options shown above, on your desktop right-click menu too.
You can download the reg file that will make this happen, by clicking this link.
Once you’ve downloaded it, unzip it, then double-click it on the file named ControlPanelContextMenu.reg . You’ll need to click Run on the warning to allow the Registry Editor to open.
Then you’ll get another warning telling you that you can really mess up your computer monkeying around in your registry. If you want Control Panel on your desktop right-click menu, you’ll need to click “Yes”.
If you did everything right, you’ll see this:
If you did everything according to the instructions above then you’re good to go. From now on, when you right-click on an empty place on your desktop, you’ll see Control Panel in your right-click menu with the options to open Control Panel in Category View, Large Icon View, or as a list (All Tasks). We, as older folks, prefer Large Icon View. Easier on the eyes.