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07 Sep 2010   #1

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Control Panel View

I really hate the interface on Windows7. Dropping the old Explorer view where you could see all the folders was a really bad idea. I'm sure there's nothing I can do about that, but is there an option for a classic view of Control Panel? Previously, when you clicked on Control Panel, it opened a window with all the folders laid out. Now, I get a drop-down menu like the Programs menu. Is there a way to change that?

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07 Sep 2010   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CraigC View Post
I really hate the interface on Windows7. Dropping the old Explorer view where you could see all the folders was a really bad idea. I'm sure there's nothing I can do about that, but is there an option for a classic view of Control Panel? Previously, when you clicked on Control Panel, it opened a window with all the folders laid out. Now, I get a drop-down menu like the Programs menu. Is there a way to change that?
Perhaps yo mean this?
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07 Sep 2010   #3

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Further to what Ken has posted above, this is the SF Tutorial.

How to Change the Windows 7 Default Control Panel View

Hope this helps and regards
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07 Sep 2010   #4
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You may like 'god mode' Control Panel All Tasks List Shortcut
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07 Sep 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Further to what Ken has posted above, this is the SF Tutorial.

How to Change the Windows 7 Default Control Panel View

Hope this helps and regards
Option 1 is out, because I don't have that view.

Option 2: When I searched for gpedit.msc, it was not found.

Option 3: I downloaded and successfully installed the reg file, but when I opened Control Panel, it hadn't changed.

Option 4: When I type in "1" as a value for modifying ForceClassicControlPanel, the registry look doesn't change.

I'm at a loss.
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07 Sep 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here's another option,

Control Panel View-cpanel.jpg

I've been using it this way for so long it was a month or two after moving to 7 before I even saw the changes. Right click on the Orb and select Properties, Start Menu tab and click on Customize then find Control panel and set it to "Display as a menu".


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07 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

And another option if, like me, you like the old style. Look close and you'll see these are all shortcuts. I created a new folder, dragged each of the Control Panel items over, and used a freeware renaming program (ReNamer) to remove " - shortcut" from the icon names. A side benefit is that I now have the flexibility to modify names. (For example, I might rename "Programs and Features" to something more fitting, say "Add/Remove Programs.") I'm still looking for a way to fix the funky word wrapping though.


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