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Windows 7: Classic Control Panel

Written: January 5, 2012

When I first saw the control panel in the new Windows 7 I looked for the ’switch to classic view’ button which seemed to be missing. After poking around I found out how to list all the icons. Just choose ‘All Control Panel Icons’ from the drop down menu.

From readers comments Stuart and Richard Lange among others posted how to get it to ‘stick’.

There’s drop-down that says “View by:”. The default view is by category; choosing “large icons” or “small icons” will show this view all the time.

Untested but Xerxes posted this trick:

Please use this as your shortcut to get the classic control panel without the extra clicking:

C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\0