Customizing Menus and the Control Panel
Navigating and Customizing the Control Panel
Clicking the taskbar’s Start button and then clicking Control Panel displays the Con-
trol Panel. You can also display the Control Panel in any Windows Explorer view by
clicking the leftmost option button on the Address bar and selecting Control Panel.
As with Windows XP, the Control Panel in Windows Vista has two views:
• Category Control Panel view, shown in Figure 2-26, is the default view and pro-
vides access to system utilities by category, utility, and key tasks. Category Con-
trol Panel view is also referred to simply as Control Panel.
• Classic Control Panel view, shown in Figure 2-27, is an alternative view that pro-
vides the look and functionality of the Control Panel in Windows 2000 and ear-
lier versions of Windows. With Classic Control Panel view, each Control Panel
utility is listed separately by name.
Because Category Control Panel view provides quick access to frequent tasks, it is the
view you will use most often. With this view, the Control Panel opens as a console on
which 10 categories of utilities are listed. For each category, there’s a top-level link and
under this are several of the most frequently performed tasks for the category.
Clicking a category link provides a list of utilities in that category. For each utility
listed within a category, there’s a link to open the utility and under this are several of
the most frequently performed tasks for the utility.
In Category Control Panel view, all utilities and tasks run with a single click. The left
pane of the console has a link to take you to the Control Panel home page, links for
each category, and links for recently performed tasks. Not only is this very efficient,
but also it’s very easy to use.
Figure 2-26. Using Category Control Panel view