The Control Panel is an extremely useful set of tools that you can use to customize nearly every setting or experience on your computer. But, if you access it frequently, or prefer to use your Desktop as the primary source of navigation for your computer, then clicking the button on the Start menu might seem a little tedious. Fortunately it is possible to configure your Desktop to display a shortcut icon for your Control Panel. This is found on the Personalize menu in Windows 7, which contains some other useful settings as well. So continue reading below to learn how to add that Control Panel icon to your Desktop.
How to Add the Control Panel to the Windows 7 Desktop
Having a Desktop link for your Control Panel can be a very handy utility if you find that you often need to make quick changes to elements of your computer, but you don’t like the extra couple of steps that are needed if you go through the Start Menu. And if you decide that you don’t want to have that icon there anymore, or that you want to add other, similar shortcuts, you can always follow the directions below to undo your changes or add more icons.
Step 1: Right-click in an empty spot on the Desktop, then click Personalize.
Step 2: Click the Change desktop icons link at the left side of the window.
Step 3: Check the box to the left of Control Panel at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Apply button at the bottom of the window, then click the OK button.
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