As we know, Windows 8 is a whole new world. The lack of a Start Menu has received much criticism from lots of users. In the good old days of Windows XP, Vista and 7, you have to simply click on the Start button and select Control Panel from the Start Menu. The option is visible by default in previous versions of Windows, however, with Windows 8, things have changed.

In this article, we’ll take a look at four different ways to quickly open the Control Panel in Windows 8. You can follow any method as per your convenience.

1. Press Windows + X key. This will open a power user menu at the bottom-left corner of the screen. From here, click on Control Panel. Alternatively, you can simply right-click at the bottom-left corner of the screen to get the same menu.

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2. Windows users are always familiar with the Run command window. The process in Windows 8 is the same as the older windows; press Windows + R key to open the Run window, type Control Panel and hit the enter key.

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3. Press Windows + I key to open the Settings menu of the Charms Bar. Once you do this, you’ll be able to see Control Panel as one of its options.

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4. From the Start Screen, simply type “Control Panel” and hit Enter.

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If you are the one who frequently needs to visit the Control Panel, then you can simply pin it to the Start Screen. To do this, open the Control Panel, move up a level in the folder, right-click on the Control Panel icon and then click on “Pin to Start.” This will pin the Control Panel option to the Start Screen for quick and easy access.