How to Add Control Panel Shortcut to the Right-Click Menu (Windows 10)?

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Microsoft Windows 10 has several hidden features and modifications on it, which computer user never knows. There are several ways to access the control panel in Windows 10. You must be thinking, what could be easiest and simple one. One of the simple way is to add control panel shortcut to the Right-click menu in Windows 10, as shown in below image:

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To add control panel shortcut to the Right-click menu in Windows 10, we need to edit the Windows Registry. The Registry is an important part of Windows and deleting or modifying the wrong parts of it can corrupt your Windows and result in data loss. So, before you make any changes to the Registry, make sure you have a recent backup of your registry.

Add Control Panel Shortcut to Right-click Menu

Follow the steps below to create a control panel shortcut to right-click menu:

Step 1. Launch Registry Editor. To launch the Registry editor, click on “Start Menu” and type “regedit” in the search bar. The registry editor will appears on your screen, click to open.

Step 2. Once Registry Editor Opens, follow the below location in Registry Editor:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell

Now, right-click on the shell key and select New > Key. Name the key Control Panel. Add Control Panel Shortcut to the Right-Click Menu Click To Tweet

Step 3. Right-click on the new Control Panel key you just created and select New > Key. This time, name the new key command.

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Step 4. On the right side, double click on (Default) and Edit String dialog box will appears on your screen. Enter the following command under the Value data box:

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL

Now, click OK to save your changes and close the Registry Editor Window.

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Step 5. The changes you made above will take effect immediately so there is no need to reboot your computer. Now, to check your new control panel shortcut, go to your desktop and simply right-click. You will see the familiar right-click menu appear, but now it will include a Control Panel on it. Just left-click on it and you will jump directly to the Windows Control Panel items.

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If you wish that you would like to remove the right-click shortcut of control panel, just go back to the Registry path (HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell) and delete the Control Panel key you created in above Step 2. Then, it will not show control panel shortcut to right-click menu anymore.

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