How to Create a Shortcut to Any Control Panel Item in Windows 8 / 8.1

There are few Windows 8 Control Panel settings that you may frequently access. To access any settings you need to go to the control panel and open it after few clicks except those which available under context menu of start button. I found a way to create shortcut icon for any Control Panel item right on your desktop for easy and quick access or you can add it to Start.

See also: Create Shutdown Icon on Desktop in Windows 8

Create a Shortcut to Any Control Panel Item

First you need to open Control Panel in your Windows 8 / 8.1. Right click on the left-bottom corner or on Start button and select Control Panel.


This will open Control Panel window, now change the icon view from Category to Large icons. View by icons, gives detailed settings view to adjust computer Settings.


I usually use Windows HomeGroup feature so i decided to create shortcut icon on the desktop. Just click and drag the icon on the desktop. Continue doing this for all the settings icons that want on your desktop.


As you can see HomeGroup icon is created. You can add this icon to your Start with other programes, just right click on the icon and choose Pin to Start option.


Here see I have added my favorite control panel items in Start.


I tried to add these icons to the Taskbar but Windows don’t allow this. There are few icons like Add features to Windows, and Folder options that you can’t add to Start.

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