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Obviously in all previous versions of Windows you could simply click START and then select "Control Panel" to get to it, but on Windows 8 there is no such option.

Is there an easy way to quickly get to it without having to press WIN, type "Control Panel", and then press Enter?

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Win+I and then Enter. Win+I is standard way to open an app's settings panel, on desktop that will bring up a panel with Control Panel and Personalization as options. So this works for desktop only, but is a nice shortcut to use in apps as well.

Or you can do Win+X and then press P. P as in Control P̲anel. This works everywhere. When pressing Win+X, notice the underline of some of the letters. Pressing the underlined letter will open up the belonging option.

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These are great ones! – Caleb Jares Oct 28 '12 at 20:34
Very nice indeed! – Django Reinhardt Oct 28 '12 at 20:36

Yes! Simply move the mouse to the BOTTOM LEFT corner and RIGHT CLICK.

This opens the following useful menu:

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Then select Control Panel!

(Alternatively you can press Win + X to see the same menu.)

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It's in the Settings charm. In two clicks:

  1. One of the right hot corners
  2. Settings
  3. Control Panel

This only works on the Desktop.

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My favorite way to get to options in the control panel is to use Win + W and search for the setting I want to change. Much easier than navigating through the categories!

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Start Control Panel from File Explorer.

Go to This PC and then to the Computer tab on the ribbon as shown below:

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There you will find the Open Control Panel shortcut.

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