Show Windows' Control Panel Who's in Charge

The Control Panel is supposed to be Windows' command central for changing your computer's settings. Instead, it's a confusing mix of wizards and dialog boxes, with settings you never change alongside those you probably tweak quite often. Windows XP's Control Panel is a bit more organized: It groups icons into categories and provides tasks within each. (You can also use the traditional Control Panel view in XP if you wish.) Unfortunately, if you already know which Control Panel applet you want to open, XP's new arrangement only means more clicking. These tips will let you tailor Control Panel in any version of Windows to suit your own inimitable style.