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

Add Control Panel Shortcut to Right-click Menu

One simple way to add a control panel shortcut to the right-click menu of Windows 10 is with Windows registry, as shown in the image below:

Microsoft Windows 10 has several hidden features and modifications on it, which computer users never know.

For example, there are several ways to access the control panel in Windows 10. You must be thinking, what could be easiest and simple one.

To add a 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.

[Read: Backup and Restore Windows Registry]

How to Add Control Panel to the Right-click Menu?

Follow the steps below to add a control panel to the right-click menu in Windows 10:

Step 1. Launch Registry Editor.

To launch the Registry editor, click on Start Menu and type regedit in the search bar. A registry editor will appear on your screen and click to open.

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


Now, right-click on the shell key and select New > Key. Name the key Control Panel.

Step 3. Right-click on the new Control Panel key that you have just created, and select New > Key.

This time, name the new key command.

Step 4. On the right side, double click on (Default) and an Edit String dialog box will appear 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.

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 now see a familiar right-click menu appear, but this will now include a Control Panel on it. Just left-click on it and you will jump directly to the Windows Control Panel items.

If you wish to remove the control panel from the right-click shortcut. Follow below:

Just go back to the Registry path (HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell) and delete the Control Panel key you created in step 2. After that, it will no longer show you the control panel shortcut to the right-click menu anymore.

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