Unlike the Start menu, you might not spend a lot of time in Control Panel. But when you do visit, it’s kind of like going to the dentist—you’d like to get done and go home as quickly as possible. But Control Panel has so many individual settings, how do you find what you’re actually looking for?
Well, if you’ve read this far, you can probably guess the solution. The Search box at the top of Control Panel is a handy way to quickly cut through the noise and locate exactly what you need.
That’s great, you say, but odds are that you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. What if you want to change the screen resolution of your monitor, for example? What is that setting called? What would you type in the Search box?
Thankfully, Windows Vista knows several different ways to refer to most of the settings in Control Panel. To change the screen resolution, for example, you could type any of these things to get to the same place:
Likewise, if you wanted to change the sound scheme for your computer, you could type sound, audio, or volume to find the Sound settings. That means it’s easier than ever to find the correct setting quickly and painlessly.
Sure, there will always be times when finding the right file, folder, or program will take longer than it should. In the real world, I lose my car keys a lot, too. I just wish there was a floating Search box around to help me find them.
About the author
Dave Johnson is a writer on the Windows team at Microsoft. In addition to writing about Windows, he's a scuba instructor, a drummer, an award-winning photographer, and the author of over three dozen books.
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