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Opening the Control Panel

One of the most common ways to access the Control Panel is to click Start, Control Panel. But there are several other ways, such as using the Control Panel link in the Other Places quick access menu or, in Windows Explorer folder view, clicking on the Control Panel sub-element of My Computer. If you have opted to expand the Control Panel in your Start menu, you can still right-click over the Control Panel name and select Open from the pop-up menu to open the regular Control Panel window.

The New Control Panel

No matter how you get there, the Control Panel in Windows XP is displayed by default in Category view. Category view organizes the most commonly accessed functions of Control Panel applets into groups. In Windows XP, the Category view is the default method of navigating the Control Panel applets. If you are new to configuring a Windows OS, the Category view offers a natural language guide to finding the right location to make an intended change. Within each category is a list of tasks and related Control Panel icons. As you can see from Figure 24.1, this view is much different from the Control Panel that appeared in previous versions of Windows (which is now referred to as the Classic view).


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