Navigating and Customizing the Control Panel

Clicking the taskbar's Start button and then clicking Control Panel displays the Control Panel. You can also display the Control Panel in any Windows Explorer view by clicking the leftmost option button on the Address bar and selecting Control Panel. As with Windows XP, the Control Panel in Windows 7 has two views:

• Category Control Panel view, shown in Figure 2-24, is the default view and provides access to system utilities by category, utility, and key tasks. Category Control Panel view is also referred to as Control Panel. To access this view, select Category on the View By list.

The All Control Panel Items view, shown in Figure 2-25, is an alternative view that provides access to all items in the Control Panel. Each Control Panel utility is listed separately by name. To access this view, select Large Icons or Small Icons on the View By list.

Figure 2-24. Using Category Control Panel view

Because the Category Control Panel view provides quick access to frequent tasks, it is the view you will use most often. With this view, the Control Panel opens as a console on which eight categories of utilities are listed. For each category, there's a top-level link and under this are several of the most frequently performed tasks for the category.

Clicking a category link provides a list of utilities in that category. For each utility listed within a category, there's a link to open the utility, and under this are several of the most frequently performed tasks for the utility. Table 2-4 lists the category associated with specific items; you can quickly find Control Panel items by referring to this table.

Table 2-4. Control Panel items by category

Category

Appearance and Personalization

Clock, Language, and Region Ease of Access Hardware and Sound Network and Internet Programs

System and Security

User Accounts and Family Safety

Items found under this category

Desktop Gadgets, Display, Ease of Access Center, Folder Options, Fonts, Personalization, Taskbar and Start Menu

Date and Time, Region and Language

Ease of Access Center, Speech Recognition

AutoPlay, Devices and Printers, Display, Power Options, Sound

Homegroup, Internet Options, Network and Sharing Center

Default Programs, Desktop Gadgets, Programs and Features

Action Center, Administrative Tools, Backup and Restore, BitLocker Drive Encryption, Power Options, System, Windows Firewall, Windows Update

Credential Manager, Parental Controls, User Accounts, Windows CardSpace

T r^t Search Control Panel

File Edit View Tools Help Adjust your computer's settings

View by: Large icons T

Action Center AutoPlay

BitLocker Drive Encryption Credential Manager Default Programs Device Manager Display

Administrative Tools and Restore

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