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How to Change Default Control Panel View in Windows

Change Default Control Panel View
Written by Adnan Ahmed

Windows has always been for the end-user experience, but it has also been all about powerful features that a normal user might not use at first. However, almost all the people who call themselves a pro, use a Windows machine. The reason is simple – While both Mac and Windows have almost the same amount of features, those in Windows are much more easily accessible than trying to dig into menus and getting it right on MacOS.

If you are a power-Windows user, then you must have come across the Control Panel. It is after all the whole and sole of Windows itself. Previously, on older versions of Windows, since there was no settings app, people used to use Control Panel, and they loved it. If you are a new Windows 10 user, then you might find no need to use the old layout of the Control Panel, and would much rather prefer the new Settings app, right?

Well, the Control Panel is far much powerful. However, you might’ve noticed that the category view in the Control Panel always changes. This is because it accommodates to your last used view in other folders. If you don’t want it to change every now and then and want it to stick to one single view, then read on.

control-panel-viewChanging Default Control Panel View in Windows

  1. Launch Registry Editor by typing in “regedit.exe” in the Run window through the Start menu.
  2. Once launched, navigate to the following library: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\
  3. You now need to create a new value inside the explorer. Choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value “ForceClassicControlPanel”.
  4. There are two values you can assign to it:
    • To open it in the category view, set the value to 0.
    • To open it in the icon view, set the value to 1.
  5. Save the changes, and reboot your Windows machine.

The next time you launch the Control Panel, you will notice that the view has been changed according to the value you’ve set. If you have any queries, then refer us in the comments section below.