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Microsoft Windows Control Panel

Contributor(s): Toni Boger

The Microsoft Windows Control Panel is a management tool for the Windows operating system (OS) that allows end users to change settings and manage tasks within the OS. 

Among other things, end users can use the Control Panel to troubleshoot problems, backup the computer, view the computer's network status, choose sharing options, view devices and printers, add devices, add or remove programs, connect to a projector, manage the user account, adjust screen resolution, change the desktop theme, change the display background or language and specify input methods. 

In older Windows System operating systems, the Control Panel can be accessed by selecting Control Panel from the Start menu. In Windows 8and Windows 8.1, Microsoft says the Control Panel can be accessed by swiping in from the right side of the screen, tapping Search and entering Control Panel in the search box.

See also: Microsoft Exchange Control Panel

This was last updated in July 2014

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