Pin Control Panel to Taskbar to Access Classic Applets Quickly

Windows 10 Settings page is ought to replace the classic Control Panel entirely in the near future. But it hasn’t happened yet, and some pages in the Settings app still link to the classic Control Panel applets. That will be the case till Microsoft entirely ports Control Panel applets to the modern Settings app.

To quickly access the Control Panel applets, you can pin Control Panel to Taskbar and add or pin your favorite or frequently used applets to the Control Panel icon’s Jumplist.

Pin Control Panel to the Taskbar

Open Control Panel. Right-click on its taskbar icon and click Pin to Taskbar.

pin control panel taskbar

Now, drag an applet from the Control Panel window and drop it on the Control Panel taskbar icon. This pins the item to the Control Panel Jumplist.

pin control panel taskbar

There you go. User Accounts is pinned to the Jumplist

pin control panel taskbar

Add as many applets as you’d like to the Jumplist. It facilitates easy access to the classic Control Panel pages.

Pin individual Control Panel items to taskbar

You can also pin individual CPL applets to the taskbar by creating shortcuts mentioning the GUID of the Control Panel item, and prefixing the shortcut target with “explorer.exe”

For example, to pin Network Connections folder, create a shortcut with the following target:

explorer.exe shell:::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}

Customize the shortcut icon so that it represents the Network icon. Browse either shell32.dll or imageres.dll to find the suitable icon.

pin control panel taskbar

Right-click on the shortcut and click Pin to Taskbar.

pin control panel taskbar
pin control panel taskbar

That’s how you pin individual CPL applets to Taskbar. Also, you would like to check out Canonical Names of Control Panel Items page at the Microsoft site to get the list of GUIDs and canonical names of Control Panel items.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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