The Microsoft Windows 8 has reached to RTM stage (Release to manufacturing) from here Microsoft Windows team will fork the new path for service packs, and new OS development. This also means that Windows 8 is ready to be shipped for retail sales and OEMs have already started preloading Windows 8 on their laptops and desktop machines.
By now, Microsoft Windows users know about radical changes done to Windows 8 starting from new Lock screen and Home screen, Windows Store, Window 8 Style Apps, New Task Manager and much more. If you are trying Windows 8 for the first time, you may get confused due the changes and missing highly popular start menu.
One such annoyance you will find it, is when you want to access control panel, since Windows XP days, control panel is accessible from the start menu, but in Windows 8, you may find it hard to locate or quickly access Control Panel and system settings. Here are the three ways by which you can quickly access Windows 8 Control Panel.
How to Quickly Access Windows 8 Control Panel
1. WIN+X : By pressing “Windows” and “X” key on your keyboard you can bring WinX menu, which provides access to many useful system settings. The one such option is access to Control Panel.
2. WIN+I : By pressing “Windows” and “I” key on your keyboard you can bring up settings charms ,as the name suggest it provides access to Control Panel and other PC settings.
3. Placing Control Panel Shortcut on the Desktop and Home Screen
a. On Desktop : Option to add Control Panel on the Desktop is available in desktop Personalization option. Right click on the Desktop and click on personalization option. Now in Personalization window, in left pan click on change desktop Icons.
Under Desktop Icon Settings window, check Control Panel option and click on Apply and Ok. Now you can see Control Panel shortcut on your desktop.
b. On Home Screen: Placing Control Panel tile on the home screen is quite easy compared to placing on desktop. Press Win+Q keyboard shortcut to bring the app search charm, now type Control Panel in the search bar.
Now when you see Control Panel in apps result section, right click on it, and click on “Pin to start” from bottom options. That’s it.
Now you should see Control Panel tile on your home screen.
So we hope above tips will make your life easier with Windows 8 when you want to quickly access Windows 8 Control Panel.