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Change the Default Control Panel View on Windows | You can definitely do it yourself.

How to Change the Default Control Panel View on Windows

 By default, the default Windows Control Panel will open to the last view used, it could be Category, Large Icons, or Small Icons. If you don't like it, you can make the control panel always open to a certain view using the Registry.


Set Default Control Panel View by Editing Registry


1. To get started, open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.


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2. In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\


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3. Next, create a new key in key explorer. Right-click the Explorer button and select New > DWORD (32-bit). Name the new key “ForceClassicControlPanel.”


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4. There are three ways to control the default Control Panel View:

  * If the ForceClassicControlPanel value does not exist at all, Control Panel will follow the regular Windows default to open to the last view used.


  * If ForceClassicControlPanel value is set to 0, Control Panel will always open as Category view.


  * If ForceClassicControlPanel value is set to 1, Control Panel will always open as Icon view. It will display large or small icons depending on how you last used it.


Double-click the ForceClassicControlPanel value to open its properties window. Change the value in the “Value data” box to 0 or 1, depending on your preference, and then click “OK.”


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5. You can close Registry Editor now. Changes will happen soon, so head over to the Control Panel window and see if the changes are what you want. And if you want to go back to the Windows default where the Control Panel was open for the last used view, then go back to the Registry Editor and delete the ForceClassicControlPanel value.

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