Learn how to adjust your Windows settings using this free lesson, which offers step-by-step instructions.
At some point, you may want to adjust your computer's settings. For example, you might want to change your desktop background or modify your Internet settings. You can change many different settings from the Control Panel.
However, in Windows 10, the Control Panel has mostly been replaced by the Settings app. The Control Panel is still available but the majority of the tasks and settings are now also located in the Settings app.
Click the Start button and then select the gear icon.
Right-click the Start button and select Control Panel.
In Windows 8, you can open the Control Panel directly from the Start screen. Using your keyboard, type Control Panel and press the Enter key.
You'll also be able to change the settings for different applications on your computer. You will usually find application settings under File > Options, Tools > Options, or within a separate Settings menu. Keep in mind that the location will vary, and some applications may not have any settings you can change.