Add Control Panel To Desktop Context Menu & Create Cascading Options In Windows 8

To revert any changes to your Windows, Control Panel is the first and foremost way. You can configure your Windows according to your need, by making changes in the settings for different settings under the hood of Control Panel. Today, in this article, I’ll show you, how you can access Control Panel straight from Desktop context menu in Windows 8.

Add Control Panel To Desktop Context Menu

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Now here is the how to part. The trick just requires the basic knowledge of Registry Editor such as creating, editing etc. of registry keys. So here we go…

Add Control Panel to context menu and create cascading menu

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

2. Navigate here:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell

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3. In the left pane of this location, create a subkey using Right Click -> New -> Key. Name it as ControlPanel. Moving on, in the right pane of this newly created subkey, create three strings with corresponding data:

MUIVerb : Control Panel

SubCommands : CP-Category;CP-Icons;|;CP-AllSettings;CP-AllTasks

Icon :  imageres.dll,-27

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4. Now head on to following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell

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5. In the left pane of this location, create a subkey using Right Click -> New -> Key. Name it as CP-AllSettings. It will automatically create a Default string in the right pane, modify its Value data by All Settings. Now in the right pane of this location, create a string Icon with Value data as imageres.dll,-27.

Follow this procedure, to create three more subkeys in the same location. Firstly name them as CP-Icons, CP-Category, CP-AllTasks. (See Screenshot)

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Now modify Default strings of these so created subkeys by following Value data:

CP-Icons : Icons View

CP-Category : Category View

CP-AllTasks : All Tasks

Finally, create a string Icon with Value data as imageres.dll,-27 in the right pane of each subkey independently.

6. Next, create the subkey of the key created in the step 5 i.e. CP-AllSettings using same procedure. Name it as command. In the right pane of command, edit the Value data of Default string to explorer.exe shell:::{F90C627B-7280-45DB-BC26-CCE7BDD620A4}.

Similarly create subkeys of the subkeys create in step 5, i.e. CP-Icons, CP-Category, CP-AllTasks and name them as command each.

In the right pane for each command subkey created, use following data:

For the subkey command of CP-Icons, edit the Default string in the right pane to explorer.exe shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}.

For the subkey command of CP-Category, edit the Default string in the right pane to explorer.exe shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}.

For the subkey command of CP-AllTasks, edit the Default string in the right pane to explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.

To save your time, we’ve created ready-made registry file to added the Control Panel option to context menu in few clicks. You can download it HERE.

That’s it. Now press Windows Key + D to access Desktop and then right click, and get access to Control Panel.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Experience expertise and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.