The Control Panel is the location for users of Windows to modify system settings.

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How can I use the keyboard to switch the mouse between left-handed and right-handed?

We have both left-handed and right-handed users in our house. It would be handy to be able to change this setting from the keyboard rather than using the Mouse control panel. Is there a way to ...
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Setting system fonts for specific languages

Vista allows you to set the default UI font for most European languages by going into the Control Panel > Personalization > Window Appearance > Classic Appearance Properties > Advanced. (The default ...
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vista “network and sharing center” “the parameter is incorrect”

On Vista Home Premium SP1, when I try: Start Control Panel network and sharing center File Sharing Turn On File Sharing Apply I get a very windows 95-esque dialog that says "The parameter is ...
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Fingerprint scanner not detected after Windows7 install

I've just upgraded my Dell Studio15 from Vista to 7 and it has stopped recognising the fingerprint scanner. I'm expecting to see Biometric Devices in the control panel (Start -> Control Panel -> ...
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Why do I only have a single view in NVIDIA Control Panel?

I have recently bought an alienware M17x Vista 64 bit DDR3 8 GB Video Card = 2 x 280M Geforce total 2GB Memory My NVIDIA control panel version is Geforce 280M version 179.85 Can someone help me know ...
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Configure Mouse Buttons for “Administrator”/Elevated privileges

I am, for better or worse, an administrator on my Windows 7 machine. However, even then, I still need to run certain programs "as Administrator" - for example, Visual Studio 2008 when working with ...
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Administrative Tools lost

I can't find any icon in my Administrative Tools folder. How I can restore them?
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Windows Components section is missing from my Add/Remove Programs

I'm guessing it's a group policy thing, because I have to run appwiz.cpl from cmd to launch the add / remove programs window. Is there a command line utility to control windows components? If not, ...
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How can I open WinXP's Services control panel applet on the Standard tab by default?

When opening the Services control panel applet it opens on the Extended tab by default. I find that tab wastes a great deal of real estate for no real value-added. All the same information is ...
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Error on clicking on Text to Speech tab in Speech properties in Control Panel

When I click on Text to Speech tab in Speech properties I receive error: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Speech\sapi.cpl",Speech". ...
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How do I fix the display of Windows 7's Control Panel?

This has really bugged me since I took the plunge and upgraded to Windows 7. I think everything is great on the whole apart from the Control Panel. Instead of ordering from top to bottom like in ...
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Whats up with my Vista Control Panel?

A strange thing has been happening recently: Whenever I open Control Panel from the start menu after a computer restart, explorer.exe hangs. But thereafter (after the first crash), I restart ...
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How can I remove certain icons that I don't use in the Control panel from view?

How can I remove certain icons that I don't use in the Control panel from view? My control panel is fairly cluttered up and I would like to fix this.
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Can't open Folder Options from Control Panel. How to fix this?

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP2. As the question says, I can't open "Folder Options" from "Control Panel". I can, however, access "Folder Options" from the Tools menu in Windows Explorer. Nothing ...
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How to remove Taskbar and Start Menu option from the start menu?

On XP's "classic start menu" under settings there is an item Taskbar and Start Menu, it's also in the control panel, is there an easy way to remove this but only from the start menu, preferably by ...
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Windows 7 resets monitor positions after ending task on a full-screen app

When I end task on a full-screen app, usually a game, or when it crashes to desktop, the monitor positions and orientations reset to default. This is getting old, fast. Is there a simple way to save ...
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Access Network Connection without using Control Panel

How do you access Network Connections without using the Control Panel? I only know the following ways: Run ncpa.cpl from the command line. Right-click on your network icon in the System Tray, and ...
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Mouse wheel scroll setting spontaneously changes

On my ThinkPad R500 running Windows Vista 64-bit, in the Mouse control panel, I have Vertical Scrolling set to scroll 3 lines per notch, which is the default. At random times, it gets changed to 1 ...