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Feb 27 2011   11:42AM GMT

Make Windows 7 Control Panel More Functional

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

I am sure you don’t have any problem, and that it is only me who finds the default Control Panel layout in Windows 7 dysfunctional. For whatever reason, though, I am not  afan of the “user-friendly” grouping of Control Panel tools by function.

By default, there are eight categories of tools displayed in the Control Panel: System and Security, Network and Internet, Hardware and Sound, Programs, User Accounts and Family, Appearance and Personalization, Clock, Language and Region, and finally Ease of Access.

I don’t know if it just counter-intuitive to me, or if I just don’t have the patience to bother trying to figure out what tool should go in what category, but I prefer to just see a complete list of the tools and pick the one I want.

Just go to the top right corner of the Control Panel and click the dropdown link next to where it says View by. Change it from Category to either Small Icons, or Large Icons and you get the full list of tools alphabetically rather than grouped by category.

LIke I said–maybe the “user friendly” categories are intuitive or make sense for some users, but I just want to see all of the tools that are available.

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