Create a shortcut to Control Panel in Windows 8

If like many users, you find it easier to spend most of your time in the Desktop Environment, it can seem clumsy to go back to the start screen when you want to access something like Control Panel.

This guide will show you how to create a shortcut to Control Panel within the desktop environment.

Step 1

Select the 'Desktop' tile from the Windows Start screen.

Once you are in the desktop environment right-click somewhere on the desktop background image and a menu will appear.

From this menu select 'New' and a sub-menu will then appear, from the sub-menu select 'Shortcut'.

Enter desktop environment - Right click background and select New-Shortcut

Step 2

A window will appear asking you to 'Type the location of the item' you would like to create a shortcut for.

In the box type the following:


When this has been entered click the 'Next' button at the bottom.

On the next screen enter "Control Panel" as the name and then click 'Finish'.

Enter the location of the shortcut and name it

Step 3

The Control Panel shortcut will now be visible on the desktop.

If you want to move the shortcut icon, move the mouse pointer over the icon, hold the left mouse button down and drag it to a better position.

If you would prefer to have the Control Panel shortcut appear on the bottom taskbar, right click on the newly created shortcut and from the menu that appears select 'Pin to Taskbar'.

A copy of the shortcut will now appear on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

Enter the location of the shortcut and name it

Step 4

At this point we have a Control Panel shortcut in the desktop environment, however we can also get it to appear on the Windows start screen.

Right click on the shortcut again, and this time from the menu select 'Pin to Start'.

At this point as we have already placed a copy of the shortcut on the bottom taskbar, the shortcut on the desktop can be deleted if you like.

Press the Windows key on the keyboard to return to the Start screen and you will now see the 'Control Panel' shortcut is available here as well.

Enter the location of the shortcut and name it


-1 #2 Bill Hunt 2014-06-30 06:40
Thanks for the Control Panel shortcut guide - all works fine EXCEPT the 'Pin to Start' doesn't place a tile on the windows start screen. However, I did find a tile already existed in the Apps screen, so I simply pinned this to Start. (I'm using win 8.1 BTW).
+1 #1 Ron 2014-01-18 20:45
Thank You

Security code



All images, video and other related website content Copyright © Simpliguide™ 2012-2013
Simpliguide™ is owned by Max Medium Ltd. All rights reserved.

Website design and development Max Medium Ltd 2012


We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and why, see our privacy policy. For further general information about cookies see our guide.

By continuing to use this website you are giving consent to cookies being used. To stop this message from being displayed please click continue.

Further information about Cookies