Chapter 12

Customizing Windows 8 with the Control Panel

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the two Windows control panels

arrow Altering the appearance of Windows 8

arrow Changing video modes

arrow Installing or removing apps and programs

arrow Adjusting your mouse

arrow Automatically setting the computer’s time and date

Most science fiction movies include a close-up of a smoking control panel, ready to burst into flames. If that happens in Windows, grab an extra fire extinguisher: Windows 8 contains two switch-packed control panels.

The Start screen’s control panel, the PC Settings screen, which is full of oversized buttons, helps mostly with simple chores, such as changing your account photo or turning on the spell checker’s autocorrect option. The desktop’s mammoth set of switches, called simply Control Panel, carries the more powerful settings found in earlier Windows versions.

Although separate, the two panels ...

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