Windows 7: Classic Control Panel

When I first saw the control panel in the new Windows 7 I looked for the ‘switch to classic view’ button which seemed to be missing. After poking around I found out how to list all the icons. Just choose ‘All Control Panel Icons’ from the drop down menu.

Now if only I could figure out the problem with my missing icons in the control panel and other places.






14 responses to “Windows 7: Classic Control Panel”

  1. Greg Avatar

    Thanks for pointing this out,

    had me a bit stumped for a while.


  2. Dave Avatar

    Seems to have been taken out of RC.

  3. Llynix Avatar

    Running the RC here and it’s still present…

  4. Ann Avatar

    Thanks! Was a little lost for a while there. =)

  5. Richard Lange Avatar

    If you select one of the icon views it convert to classic control panel all the time.

  6. Doug Avatar

    Iv you change ‘View by:’ to Large icons this setting will be rememebred

  7. Dan The Junior Avatar
    Dan The Junior

    Thank you Very Much …This was really helpful

  8. Stuart Avatar

    Excellent. In the most recent version, there’s drop-down that says “View by:”. The default view is by category; choosing “large icons” or “small icons” will show all.

  9. Dude Avatar

    This is not the same as classic view. In classic view you could have a vertical list with comments to the right for each item, this is missing in Win7…

    I don’t see why MS would remove the descriptions of the items like that, they were useful.
    It isn’t the only thing I dislike about Win7 :(

  10. SMC Avatar

    This view is NOT remembered unless you use the LINK in the control panel area to change to the preferred icon size. Using the dropdown first suggested, then changing the link, isn’t remembered. You must reopen the control panel, use the LINK ONLY to set Small Icons (or Large, if you prefer), then you can close the panel and the view will “stick” for the next time you open.

  11. TurboMan Avatar

    Sorry, SMC, but I just do not know what you mean by “the link in the control panel area”. I have Windows 7 Home Premium: can you please give me idiot-proof, rigorously step-by-step instructions for getting my preferred Control Panel view (small icons) to stick? Thanks!

  12. Xerxes Avatar

    The comment system is pruning part of the URL.

    Please use this as your shortcut to get the classic control panel without the extra clicking:

  13. Christina Burnham Avatar
    Christina Burnham

    Thanks, I felt like such an idiot, couldn’t find anything. Glad I wasn’t the only one.

  14. sid Avatar

    thanks,, muaah !

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