Description of each category and icon in the Control Panel

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Updated: 09/22/2017 by Computer Hope

Since its introduction in Microsoft Windows 95, the Control Panel has undergone many changes including the adding, renaming, and removing of the available icons and the introduction of categories that help organize the Control Panel. This page helps give you a better understand the Control Panel, help find where a setting may be adjusted, and give a complete overview of what’s available in the Windows Control Panel. Below is a visual example of the Windows 10 Control Panel.

Tip: In Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 you can use the search in the top right corner of the Control Panel window to find the area you’re looking to adjust. For example, you could type “firewall” to search for the Control Panel Firewall settings. You can also use the Windows search in the Taskbar to find Windows settings and tools available through the Control Panel.

Tip: In all new versions of Windows you can adjust how the Control Panel is shown by changing the “View by:” in the top right corner of the Control Panel from Category to one of the icon options to show all options as an icon instead of broken up into categories.

Note: In Windows 10 and Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to transition users away from using the Control Panel in favor of the Windows Settings. However, the Control Panel is still accessible in all versions of Windows.

Note: In Windows 7 and Windows 10 some of the options may have a shield next to the links ( User Access Control (UAC) Control Panel shield ) that indicates that UAC may prompt you for approval if settings are changed.

Below is a listing of each of the categories and icons that have been found in the Windows Control Panel. Click on any of the links below to jump down to a description of each category and icon or browse scroll through them all to learn more about what is available in the Control Panel.

Appearance and Personalization

The Appearance and Personalization is a category shown when viewing the Control Panel as categories that allow you to change the look and feel of Windows, which includes adjusting the theme, screen saver, and taskbar. Below is a list of each of the subcategories of Appearance and Personalization in Windows 10.

Taskbar and Navigation – Open the Taskbar settings that allow you to change how the taskbar is shown or hidden, its location, icons, and other settings.

Navigation properties – Open the Taskbar settings window (same as above).

Ease of Access Center – Open the Ease of Access Center, which gives you access to all settings that makes Windows easier to use for all users. In this area, you’ll find the following settings.

  • Use the computer without a display – Optimize for blindness.
  • Make the computer easier to see – Optimize visual display.
  • Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard – Set up alternative input devices.
  • Make the mouse easier to use – Adjust settings for the mouse or other pointing devices.
  • Make the keyboard easier to use – Adjust settings for the keyboard.
  • Use text or visual alternatives for sounds – Set up alternatives to sounds.
  • Make it easier to focus on tasks – Adjust settings for reading and typing.
  • Make touch and tablets easier to use – Adjust settings for touch and tablets.

Accommodate low vision – Adjust High Contrast, make text and icons larger, and other settings that can help people with low vision use their computer easier.

Use screen reader – Enable and disable the Narrator that lets you have things on the screen read to you as you use the computer.

Turn on easy access keys – Enable and disable Mouse Keys, Sticky Keys, Toggle Keys, Filter Keys, and get to other keyboard settings.

Turn High Contrast on or off – Adjust all display settings including the Background, Colors, Lock screen, Themes, Start, and the taskbar.

File Explorer Options – Open the File Explorer Options window with options on how to view and search files on your computer.

Specify single- or double-click to open – Adjust the File Explorer mouse settings to be either single-click or double-click.

Show hidden files and folders – Open the View tab in the File Explorer Options window that allows you to specify if hidden files should be shown.

Fonts – Open the Fonts window that shows all installed fonts on the computer.

Preview, delete, or show and hide fonts – Open the fonts window (same as above).

Change Font Settings – Open the Fonts settings window to adjust how fonts are shown on the computer.

NVIDIA Control Panel – For computers with NVIDIA video cards gives you access to the NVIDIA Control Panel, which gives you more advanced display settings for your video card.

Clock, Language, and Region

The Clock, Language, and Region category is seen when viewing the Control Panel as categories and allows you to change the date, time, language, and region settings in Windows. Below is a list of each of the subcategories of Clock, Language, and Region in Windows 10.

Date and Time – Open the Date and Time Window that shows you the current date and time and the ability to change your date and time settings.

Set the time and date – Open the Date and Time window with the “ Change date and time…” button that allows you to change the time or date on the computer.

Change the time zone – Open the Date and Time window with the “Change time zone…” button that allows you to change the time zone.

Add clocks for different time zones – Opens the Date and Time window in the Additional Clocks tab that lets you to add additional clocks that can be shown when hovering over the taskbar clock

Language – Open the Language window that allows you to adjust, add, and remove the display language and the input and handwriting language.

Add a language – Open the Language window (same as above) and allows you to add a new language, remove languages, or set the language priorities if more than one language is selected.

Change input methods – Open the Language window (same as above). Clicking the Options link to the right of the language allows you to change the input methods (i.e., the keyboard layout) for the language.

Region – Open the Region window that allows you to change the date and time formats and the first day of the week.

Change location – Open the Region window in the Location tab that lets you to specify the home location.

Change date, time, or number formats – Open the Region window (see above).

Ease of Access

The Ease of Access is a category shown when viewing the Control Panel as categories that adjust the vision, hearing, speech recognition, and mobility settings. Below is a list of each of the subcategories of System and Security in Windows 10.

Ease of Access Center – Open the Ease of Access Center, that gives you access to all settings that makes Windows easier to use for all users. In this area, you’ll find the following settings.

  • Use the computer without a display – Optimize for blindness.
  • Make the computer easier to see – Optimize visual display.
  • Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard – Set up alternative input devices.
  • Make the mouse easier to use – Adjust settings for the mouse or other pointing devices.
  • Make the keyboard easier to use – Adjust settings for the keyboard.
  • Use text or visual alternatives for sounds – Set up alternatives to sounds.
  • Make it easier to focus on tasks – Adjust settings for reading and typing.
  • Make touch and tablets easier to use – Adjust settings for touch and tablets.

Let Windows suggest settings – Open the Get recommendations to make your computer easier to use wizard that steps you through questions to determine how the computer can be made easier to use.

Optimize visual display – Open the Make the computer easier to see to adjust the following settings.

  • High Contrast
  • Hear text and descriptions read aloud
  • Make things on the screen larger
  • Make things on the screen easier to see
  • Enable Java Access Bridge

Replace sounds with visual cues – Open the Use text or visual alternatives for sounds (Sound Sentry) settings.

Change how your mouse works – Change the mouse pointers size and mouse inverting, enable Mouse Keys, and change how Windows handles a window.

Change how your keyboard works – Open the Make the keyboard easier to use window that allows you to turn on Mouse Keys, Sticky Keys, Toggle Keys, Filter Keys, and get to other keyboard settings.

Speech Recognition – Open the Speech Recognition window that allows you to open the following areas.

  • Start Speech Recognition – Start using your voice to control your computer
  • Set up microphone – Set up your computer to work properly with Speech Recognition.
  • Take Speech Tutorial – Learn to use your computer with speech. Learn basic commands and dictation.
  • Train your computer to better understand you – Read text to your computer to improve your computer’s ability to understand your voice.
  • Open the Speech Reference Card – View and print a list of common commands to keep with you, so you always know what to say.

Start speech recognition – Start speech recognition to use your voice to control your computer.

Set up a microphone – Setup a microphone to be used with speech recognition.

Hardware and Sound

The Hardware and Sound category is shown when viewing the Control Panel as categories that allow you to add and remove printers and other hardware, change system sounds, update drivers and more. Below is a list of each of the subcategories of Hardware and Sound in Windows 10.

Devices and Printers – Open the Devices and Printers which shows you all the hardware devices, printers, and multimedia devices detected by your computer.

Add a device – Open the Add a device wizard to detect any new hardware connected to your computer. You would run this wizard if Windows did not automatically detect and set up a new device.

Advanced printer setup – Open the add printer wizard to set up a new printer or set up a network printer.

Mouse – Open the Mouse Properties window to configure all of your computer mouse settings.

Device Manager – Open the Windows Device Manager.

Change Windows To Go startup options – Setup and configure the Windows To Go options.

AutoPlay – Open the AutoPlay settings to configure what happens when disc (e.g., CD, DVD, Blu-ray) is inserted into the computer. The AutoPlay settings also allow you to choose what to do with Pictures, Videos, Music, and Mixed content.

Change default settings for media or devices – Open the AutoPlay settings (same as above).

Play CDs or other media automatically – Open the AutoPlay settings (same as above).

Sound – Open the Sound settings that allows you to adjust the playback, recording, and Sounds settings on the computer.

Adjust system volume – Open the Volume Mixer to adjust the volume and mute settings of your speakers and other sound devices.

Change system sounds – Open the Sound settings window in the Sounds tab to adjust the sound theme of your computer, which are the sounds you hear when something happens on your computer such as the startup you hear when the computer starts.

Manage audio devices – Open the Sound settings window in the Playback tab to adjust the audio devices on the computer.

Power Options – Open the Power Options window to adjust the computers power plan settings, which are the settings that tell the computer when to go to sleep (Stand by) or hibernate.

Change power-saving settings – Open the Power Options window (same as above).

Change what the power buttons do – Change the button settings for your power button and sleep button. For example, when pressing the power button, your computer can be set to Shut down the computer, Sleep, Hibernate, or do nothing.

Change when the computer sleeps – Change the sleep (Stand by) settings of the computer and monitor. From this window, you can change how long to wait until the display goes into sleep mode and when the computer goes to sleep.

Choose a power plan – Change the Power Options power plan settings from Balanced, Power saver, or high performance.

Edit power plan – Change the sleep (Stand by) settings of the computer and monitor. From this window, you can change how long to wait until the display goes into sleep mode and when the computer goes to sleep.

Infrared – Open the Infrared window to adjust the infrared settings and infrared device settings (e.g., a digital camera with infrared).

Send or receive a file – Open the Infrared window (same as above).

NVIDIA Control Panel – If a NVIDIA video card is installed on the computer with software this option opens the NVIDIA Control Panel to adjust the video card and other display settings.

Realtek HD Audio Manager – If a Realtek sound card is installed with its software this option opens the Realtek HD Audio Manager to adjust the sound card settings and other audio properties.

Network and Internet

The Network and Internet category is shown when viewing the Control Panel as categories and allows you to view your network status and configure other network settings and preferences. Below is a list of each of the subcategories of Network and Internet in Windows 10.

Network and Sharing Center – Open the Network and Sharing Center window to view basic networking information, set up a new connection, and troubleshoot network problems.

View network status and tasks – Open the Network and Sharing Center window (same as above).

Connect to a network – Open the available networks that can be connected to which can include available Wi-Fi networks as well as the ability to turn on Airplane mode and set up a mobile hotspot.

View network computers and devices – Open the Network window which shows all available computers detected on your network and will also show media devices, network infrastructure (e.g., router), and other devices (e.g., available IoT devices and Internet/Network connected devices).

HomeGroup – Open the HomeGroup window to set up, join, and troubleshoot HomeGroup settings and sharing settings.

Choose homegroup and sharing options – Open the HomeGroup window (same as above).

Internet Options – Open the Internet Properties window to adjust Internet Explorer browser settings such as the home page, how it starts up the browsing history, and other settings that relate to Internet Explorer.

Change your homepage – Open the Internet Properties window (same as above).

Manage browser add-ons – Open the Internet Properties window in the Programs tab. From the Programs tab, you can manage any add-ons that have been installed into Internet Explorer as well as choose how the computer opens links.

Delete browsing history and cookies – Open the Internet Properties window in the General tab that allows you to delete the browsing history and change the browsing history settings and delete cookies and adjust cookie settings.

Infrared – Open the Infrared window to adjust the infrared settings and infrared device settings (e.g., a digital camera with infrared).

Send or receive a file – Open the Infrared window (same as above).

Programs

The Programs category is shown when viewing the Control Panel as categories and allows you to get new programs and uninstall programs on your computer. Below is a list of each of the subcategories of Programs in Windows 10.

Programs and Features – Open the Programs and Features window that allows you to change, repair, and uninstalled any program that is installed on the computer.

Uninstall a program – Open the Program and Features window (same as above).

Turn Windows features on or off – Open the Windows Features window to view enabled Windows features and turn features on and off.

View installed updates – Open the Installed Updates window to see a full list of all updates that have been installed on the computer.

Run programs made for previous versions of Windows – Open the Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter to fix problems with running older programs in Windows.

How to install a program – Open the Windows support web page for help with installing a program.

Default Programs – Open the Default Programs window with the options to Set your default programs, Associate a file type or protocol with a program, Change AutoPlay settings, and set program access and computer defaults.

Change default settings for media or devices – Open the AutoPlay settings to configure what happens when disc (e.g., CD, DVD, Blu-ray) is inserted into the computer. The AutoPlay settings also allow you to choose what to do with Pictures, Videos, Music, and Mixed content.

Make a file type always open in a specific program – Open the Set Associations window to view and change how file types (files with a certain file extension) are opened on the computer.

Set your default programs – Open the Set Default Programs window to adjust what file types and protocols a program is capable of opening. From this window, you can set a program to be the default program to use for all its associated file types or view what file types (file extensions) are associated with the program.

Java (32-bit) – If Java is installed on the computer this option opens the Java Control Panel to adjust Java related settings.

System and Security

The System and Security is a category shown when viewing the Control Panel as categories and allows you to view computer system information and settings and view and change the computer security settings. Below is a list of each of the subcategories of System and Security in Windows 10.

Security and Maintenance – View the system security settings (e.g., the Network firewall, Virus protection, Internet security settings, and User Account Control). In Security and Maintenance, you’re also able to adjust your maintenance settings.

Review your computer’s status and resolve issues – Open the Security and Maintenance and show any of the computer issues that are detected.

Change User Account Control settings – Open the User Account Control Settings to adjust the level of User Account Control (UAC).

Troubleshoot common computer problems – Open the Troubleshoot tool to fix common problems with Windows and hardware connected to Windows using the troubleshooter.

Windows Firewall – View the Windows Firewall status and adjust settings.

Check firewall status – Show the Windows Firewall status to determine if the firewall is turned on or off and how it is blocking incoming connections.

Allow an app through Windows Firewall – Display a list of programs (apps) that can communicate through the Windows Firewall and enable or disable private and public access to any of the allowed programs.

System – Open the System information section to display basic information about your computer including the version of Windows, processor speed, how much RAM is installed, if it is 32-bit or 64-bit, if pen or touch is enabled, computer name, workgroup, and if Windows is activated.

View amount of RAM and processor speed – Open the System window (same as above).

Allow remote access – Open the System Properties window Remote tab to allow and not allow remote access to the computer.

Launch remote assistance – Launch the Windows Remote Assistance that allows you to invite someone to help you with your computer or help someone who has invited you to help them with their computer.

See the name of this computer – Open the System window (mentioned above) that displays all system information including the name of the computer with the option to Change the name of the computer to the right of the name.

Power Options – Open the Power Options that allow you to change how Windows manages the power and sleep (Stand By) option to your computer and devices connected to your computer.

Change what the power buttons do – Open the System Settings for the Power Options that allows you to change what happens when you press the power button and sleep button. For example, you could change the power button to put your computer to sleep instead of shutting down the computer when it is pressed.

Change when the computer sleeps – Open the Power Plan Settings that allows you to specify how long to wait until the display and the computer are put to sleep.

File History – Open the File History window that shows you if File History is enabled and external drives available for File History.

Save backup copies of your files with File History – If File History is enabled save a backup of your files.

Restore your files with File History – Restore files from your File History if available.

Backup and Restore (Windows 7) – Open the Windows 7 Backup and Restore option as well as where you can find the location to create a system image and create a system repair disc.

Restore files from backup – Restore any files that have been backed up using Windows.

BitLocker Drive Encryption – Enable and disable BitLocker Drive Encryption for your hard drive as well as removable drives.

Manage BitLocker – Open the BitLocker Drive Encryption window (same as above) to adjust the BitLocker settings.

Storage Spaces – Manage Storage Spaces that allow you to save files to two or more drives to help protect your computer in case of a drive failure and add more drives when you run low on disk capacity.

Manage Storage Spaces – Manage Storage Spaces (same as above).

Work Folders – Manage and set up Work Folders that allow other devices to access your files, even when offline.

Manage Work Folders – Manage Work Folders (same as above).

Administrative Tools – Open the Administrative Tools window that gives you access to all settings important to system administrators. These tools can include all of the following tools.

Free up disk space – Open the Disk Cleanup tool that allows you to free up disk space by cleaning any files no longer needed.

Defragment and optimize your drives – Open the Optimize Drives tool that allows you to defrag your hard disk drive and optimize the drive.

Create and format hard disk partitions – Open the Disk Management tool that allows you to partition a disk drive and change other drive settings that may be needed when setting up a hard drive for the first time.

View event logs – Open the Event Viewer to view the system event logs.

Schedule tasks – Open the Task Scheduler that allows you to schedule when a task or program needs to be run during the day.

Flash Player (32-bit) – Open the Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager that allows you to adjust the settings of Adobe Flash.

User Accounts

The User Accounts category is shown when viewing the Control Panel as categories and allows you to view user accounts, adjust user settings (e.g., passwords), and adjust other user settings. Below is a list of each of the subcategories of the User Accounts in Windows 10.

User Accounts – Open the User Accounts window to make changes to your user account, change your account type, manage another account, and change User Account Control settings.

Change account type – Open the Manage Accounts window to adjust the account type of one or more of the users on the computer.

Remove user accounts – Open the Manage Accounts window (same as above).

Credential Manager – Open the Credential Manager window to view the Web Credentials and Windows Credentials. From this area, you can also view, edit, and remove any of the credentials.

Manage Web Credentials – Open the Credential Manager window (same as above).

Manage Windows Credentials – Open the Credential Manager window (same as above).

Action Center

Open the Windows Action Center that allows you to review recent messages and resolve problems that may have happened with your computer.

Administrative Tools

Open the Administrative Tools window that gives you access to all settings important to system administrators. These tools can include all of the following tools.

AutoPlay

Open the AutoPlay settings to configure what happens when disc (e.g., CD, DVD, Blu-ray) is inserted into the computer. The AutoPlay settings also allow you to choose what to do with Pictures, Videos, Music, and Mixed content.

Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Open the Windows 7 Backup and Restore option as well as where you can find the location to create a system image and create a system repair disc.

BitLocker Drive Encryption

Enable and disable BitLocker Drive Encryption for your hard drive as well as removable drives.

Broadcom Control Suite

For computers with a Broadcom network adapter or motherboard with a Broadcom network chipset, the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite gives you access to your network adapter settings, diagnostics, and statistics.

Color Management

Open the Color Management window that allows you to adjust the color settings for your display device and calibrate your display.

Credential Manager

Open the Credential Manager window to view the Web Credentials and Windows Credentials. From this area, you can also view, edit, and remove any of the credentials.

Date and Time

Open the Date and Time Window that shows you the current date and time and the ability to change your date and time settings.

Default Programs

Open the Default Programs window with the options to Set your default programs, Associate a file type or protocol with a program, Change AutoPlay settings, and set program access and computer defaults.

Desktop Gadgets

Show the available gadgets that can be added to the Windows Desktop of computers running Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Device Manager

Open the Windows Device Manager to list detected computer hardware, change hardware settings, and add and remove hardware devices.

Devices and Printers

Open the Devices and Printers which shows you all the hardware devices, printers, and multimedia devices detected by your computer.

Display

Configure the display settings of your computer and your computer screen. Includes the ability to adjust the resolution, calibrate the color, change display settings, adjust ClearType text, and set custom text size (DPI).

Ease of Access Center

Open the Ease of Access Center, that gives you access to all settings that makes Windows easier to use for all users. In this area, you’ll find the following settings.

  • Use the computer without a display – Optimize for blindness.
  • Make the computer easier to see – Optimize visual display.
  • Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard – Set up alternative input devices.
  • Make the mouse easier to use – Adjust settings for the mouse or other pointing devices.
  • Make the keyboard easier to use – Adjust settings for the keyboard.
  • Use text or visual alternatives for sounds – Set up alternatives to sounds.
  • Make it easier to focus on tasks – Adjust settings for reading and typing.
  • Make touch and tablets easier to use – Adjust settings for touch and tablets.

File Explorer Options

Open the File Explorer Options window with options on how to view and search files on your computer.

Note: This option replaces the “Folder Options” in Windows 7 and earlier.

File History

Open the File History window that shows you if File History is enabled and external drives available for File History.

Folder Options

Open the Folder Options for File Explorer in Windows 7 and earlier with options on how to view and search files on your computer.

Note: This option was replaced by “File Explorer Options” in Windows 10.

Flash Player (32-bit)

Open the Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager that allows you to adjust the settings of Adobe Flash.

Fonts

Open the Fonts window that shows all installed fonts on the computer.

Getting Started

Start the Getting Started guide that helps you learn more about Windows by linking you to guides on how to use Windows and important areas of the computer.

HomeGroup

Open the HomeGroup window to set up, join, and troubleshoot HomeGroup settings and sharing settings.

Indexing Options

Open the Indexing Options window that shows how many files have been indexed and allows you adjust your indexing preferences to

Infrared

Open the Infrared window to adjust the infrared settings and infrared device settings (e.g., a digital camera with infrared).

Internet Options

Open the Internet Properties window to adjust Internet Explorer browser settings such as the home page, how it starts up the browsing history, and other settings that relate to Internet Explorer.

Java

If Java is installed on the computer, this option opens the Java Control Panel to adjust Java related settings.

Keyboard

Open the Keyboard Properties window to adjust the keyboard settings such as the character repeat delay and rate settings and the cursor blink rate.

Language

Open the Language window that allows you to adjust, add, and remove the display language and the input and handwriting language.

Location and Other Sensors

Add and configure sensors and get direct access to the Location Activity in the Event Viewer.

MobileMe

Open the Apple MobileMe settings to configure MobileMe relates services.

Note: MobileMe was discontinued in 2012 and has been replaced by iCloud.

Mouse

Open the Mouse Properties window to configure all of your computer mouse settings.

Network and Sharing Center

Open the Network and Sharing Center or Network and Sharing window to view basic networking information, set up a new connection, and troubleshoot network problems.

Notification Area Icons

Change the settings of the notification icons that appear on the Windows Notification Area. In this area, you can adjust what icons should be shown and what icons should be hidden.

Tip: In Windows 10 this section has been moved into the Taskbar and Navigation area of the Control Panel.

NVIDIA Control Panel

For computers with NVIDIA video cards gives you access to the NVIDIA Control Panel, which gives you more advanced display settings for your video card.

Parental Controls

Setup and control Parental Controls for user accounts using the Windows Live Family Safety in Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows. In Windows 10 this area has changed to “Family options” and is part of the Windows Defender Security Center.

Performance Information and Tools

View the rating of your computer and tips you can do to help improve the performance of your computer. With the introduction of Windows 8, this option is no longer available for Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Personalization

Open the Personalization window that gives you access to change the Desktop Background, change themes, adjust sounds, and adjust the screen saver. With Windows 10 this option has been moved into the “Themes and related settings” section.

Phone and Modem

Open the Phone and Modem settings that allow you to specify your modem dialing rules and add, remove, and change the properties of the installed modem in the computer.

Power Options

Open the Power Options window to adjust the computers power plan settings, which are the settings that tell the computer when to go to sleep (Stand by) or hibernate.

Programs and Features

Open the Programs and Features window that allows you to change, repair, and uninstalled any program that is installed on the computer.

Realtek HD Audio Manager

If a Realtek sound card is installed with its software, this option opens the Realtek HD Audio Manager to adjust the sound card settings and other audio properties.

Recovery

Open the Recovery tools window that allows you to Create a recovery drive, Open System Restore, and Configure System Restore.

Region

Open the Region window that allows you to change the date and time formats and the first day of the week. In Windows 7 and earlier this area was called “Region and Language.”

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

Connect to and add new RemoteApp connections.

Security and Maintenance

View the system security settings (e.g., the Network firewall, Virus protection, Internet security settings, and User Account Control). In Security and Maintenance, you’re also able to adjust your maintenance settings.

Sound

Open the Sound settings that allows you to adjust the playback, recording, and Sounds settings on the computer.

Speech Recognition

Open the Speech Recognition window that allows you to open the following areas.

  • Start Speech Recognition – Start using your voice to control your computer
  • Set up microphone – Set up your computer to work properly with Speech Recognition.
  • Take Speech Tutorial – Learn to use your computer with speech. Learn basic commands and dictation.
  • Train your computer to better understand you – Read text to your computer to improve your computer’s ability to understand your voice.
  • Open the Speech Reference Card – View and print a list of common commands to keep with you, so you always know what to say.

Storage Spaces

Manage Storage Spaces that allow you to save files to two or more drives to help protect your computer in case of a drive failure and add more drives when you run low on disk capacity.

Sync Center

View recent sync activity, sync now, or change your sync settings.

System

Open the System information section to display basic information about your computer including the version of Windows, processor speed, how much RAM is installed, if it is 32-bit or 64-bit, if pen or touch is enabled, computer name, workgroup, and if Windows is activated.

Taskbar and Navigation

Open the Taskbar settings that allow you to change how the Taskbar is shown or hidden, its location, icons, and other settings.

Troubleshooting

Open the troubleshooting window to troubleshoot software programs, hardware and sound, network and Internet, and system and security areas.

User Accounts

Open the User Accounts window to make changes to your user account, change your account type, manage another account, and change User Account Control settings.

Windows Anytime Upgrade

Discontinued option that allowed you to upgrade your version of Windows.

Windows CardSpace

In Windows 7 the Windows CardSpace Control Panel option allows you to add, view, and edit CardSpace card data. Microsoft has discontinued Windows CardSpace.

Windows Defender

In Windows 7 and earlier this Control Panel option allows you to view and edit Windows Defender options. In Windows 10 this option has been moved into the Windows Defender Security Center.

Windows Firewall

View the Windows Firewall status and adjust settings.

Windows Live Language Setting

Gives you the ability to download and adjust the languages for Windows Live programs.

Windows To Go

Setup and configure the Windows To Go options.

Windows Update

View the available Windows updates available for download and install, change your update settings, view your update history, and other update related settings.

Work Folders

Manage and set up Work Folders that allow other devices to access your files, even when offline.

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