Control Panel overview

Control Panel is full of specialized tools that are used to change the way Windows looks and behaves.

Some of these tools help you adjust settings that make your computer more fun to use. For example, use Mouse to replace standard mouse pointers with animated icons that move on your screen, or use Sounds and Audio Devices to replace standard system sounds with sounds you choose. Other tools help you set up Windows so that your computer is easier to use. For example, if you are left-handed, you can use Mouse to switch the mouse buttons so that the button on the right performs the primary functions of selecting and dragging.

To open Control Panel, click Start and then click Control Panel. If your computer is set up in Classic view using the more familiar Start menu, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

When you first open Control Panel, you will see some of the most commonly used Control Panel items organized by category. To find out more information about an item in Control Panel while in Category view, hold your mouse pointer over the icon or category name and read the text that appears. To open one of these items, click its icon or category name. Some of these items will open to a list of tasks you can perform, as well as a selection of individual Control Panel items. For example, when you click Appearance and Themes, you will see a list of tasks such as Choose a screen saver along with individual Control Panel items.

If you open Control Panel and do not see the item you want, click Switch to Classic View. To open an item, double-click its icon. To find out more about an item in Control Panel while in Classic Control Panel view, hold your mouse pointer over the icon and read the text that appears.

For additional help on any Control Panel item, search for it in Help and Support.

Configuring Windows for people who are blind or have impaired vision

Control Panel accessibility options

Configuring Windows for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing

Configuring Windows for people who have a mobility impairment



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