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With Windows 7, you have full control over how your entire system behaves. That could be what programs open up certain files to the appearance of your desktop, to the devices you plug into your computer. They're all accessible from the Control panel. So let's examine the Control panel Home by going down to the Windows Orb and selecting Control panel. It appears on the right- hand side of the Start menu. Now let's take a look at this default view that we're presented with in Control panel.
First of all, you're going to notice in this main area, a number of different categories, they appear in green, such as Network and Internet, and then down below you might see subcategories in blue, View network status and tasks, Choosing homegroups. Each of these are actual links that will take us to those control panels. So for example, let's say we wanted to change the background on our desktop. Well that's easily found by going over to Appearance and Personalization, but instead of going to that section, we can go directly to that subsection to change our desktop background.
We click the link, and you can see the entire path appears up above in this field where we see, Control panel/Appearance and Personalization, this would have been the long way to get there, there's Personalization, and then Desktop Background. We did it with one click from the homepage. So now, we could go through the list, choose a background and when we are done, save our changes down below. Let's click Cancel. This takes us back to the Control panel Home. Now this is a particular view that doesn't display everything, obviously.
You need to know a little bit about what's going on to find exactly what you're looking for. For example, if I wanted to adjust folder options, I don't see any link taking me directly to Folder Options and how my folders will behave. So one great tool that I like here on our main screen is this Search field in the top right-hand corner. You can see the cursor flashing. Anything we type here will search the entire Control panel and we're going to type in 'folder options'. And you can see as we type this our list is filtered and narrowed down.
So we have got Folder Options, the category, and down below, a link to change the Search options for files and folders. We also see HomeGroup as part of that. So if we go to Folder Options, you can see how much time we saved taking us directly to this window and we can make changes to how our folders behave directly from here. Let's just click Cancel though and return back to the Control panel Home. Now that's the trick. If I was to click Control panel up here, nothing changes. If I click the arrow next to Control panel, I could go to an All Control panel Items screen.
I could go to any of these categories as well. But how do I get back to that homepage? Well, you have also got navigation buttons, the Back button here is going to take us back to where we were, which was our homepage. Now, we are going to go back to allowing us to see all of the control panel items. That's something that a lot of people like. They prefer not to use the category and subcategory view that we see here. So there is a View by button showing Category right now. We can click that and change it to either Large or Small icons.
If you choose Small icons, they are small, but you'll be able to see them all on one screen without having to use a scrollbar to scroll through them. And now you can see there's many control panel items, these are the All Control panel Items we saw from this little dropdown, and it's now selected. You can see from this menu. So now, we've got more to choose from. Let's say we wanted to change our screen saver. Well, as we go through this alphabetical list, I do not see screen saver directly. So I've to figure out where does the screen saver appear? Well it's on my Display.
So maybe I'll go up to Display, select Display and over here in the left-hand side. No, I don't see anything dealing with screen saver, maybe Display Settings. If I go here, no, still nothing, and you'll notice my Navigation Pane has disappeared. So I've to click Cancel or use my Back button to go back. So here's where the Search field might come in handy. When I click in the Search field and type 'screen', you see the list is narrowed down or filtered. Leave a space.
Start typing 'saver'. All I need is the 'sav' and under Personalization, that's the category I needed to access the link to change my screen saver. Click that link and it takes me directly to that screen where I could do something like choose a different screen saver, or choose None at all. When I click Apply it's applied, clicking OK will close up the window, and now I can go back to my Control panel Home, either using Control panel from here, or using the Back button. Remember, when you've got search data in the Search field, you'll need to use your Back button to go back to the Control panel Home or at least from the Navigation Pane, choose Control panel Home. All right.
Let's change our View back to that Category for a second, and from here, we're going to leave this the way it is. When we close up Control panel, this is what we're going to see when we come back. So if you change your view, you change it for good, which is the nice thing. So if you change it to Small or Large icons, so next time you open up Control panel, that's exactly what you are going to see. So, we're going to continue in this chapter examining some of the categories and subcategories in the Control panel.
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