As you may have noticed, the Control Panel contains a lot of stuff you rarely use, making it harder to find the stuff you do. So why not create a Control Panel that only contains the items you use frequently. Follow the instructions outlined below and you’ll have your own custom Control Panel in no time.
Before we get too far into it – there really is no reason you can’t do this with Windows XP either. It’s just that the exact steps used in this tutorial are for Vista. If you use XP, you’ll be able to follow along and get the gist of it.
- Open your Control Panel and use the link on the left side to switch to Classic View – so that all of the items in your Control Panel are displayed.
- Somewhere on your hard drive, it doesn’t really matter where, create a folder called Custom Control Panel (or whatever you’d like your customized control panel to be called).
- Now open your “Custom Control Panel” folder and drag the items you frequently use from your actual Control Panel into it. This will create a shortcut to each item.
- Once you’ve added all of the items you want to include in your custom Control Panel, right-click on its folder and select Properties.
- Select the Customize tab and then click the Change Icon… button.
- Choose an icon to use for your new Control Panel, and click OK. Click OK again to exit the Properties window. This should take you back to your Custom Control Panel folder.
- Now drag that folder on to the Start button (orb) until the menu appears. Drop the folder on the top part of your Start window (see image below). Now you have quick access to your customized Control Panel.
- You can of course access your actual Control Panel the same way as always, should the need arise.