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I want Control Panel to open in Category mode

  1. #1


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8

    I want Control Panel to open in Category mode


    I mostly use W8.1 in classic mode, and it frustrates me when Control Panel opens in Large Icon view rather than Category view. I want it to open in Category view as that is what I am used to.

    I know that it is easy to change it once I am there, but I am wasting time and mouse clicks.

    I have tried other solutions defined in this Forum, but they do not seem to work. Any suggestions?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Attachment 61515

    use the view by setting right upper part of page
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    KYHI - thank you, but that change only establishes that view for that session of Control Panel. I want to open it in Category view rather than have to re-set it each time.

    I know that it is easy to reset, but it is frustrating to have to do it each time
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    it set the view permanent here > how you opening control panel ?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    I use Classic Shell (a Start Menu look-alike) through the W8.1 Classic interface. I also have a shortcut to it on my desktop that should avoid any spin that Classic Shell uses. In either case, even if I reset it to Category in the window, it reverts to Large Icon view on next opening
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  6. #6


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    Further to the above, if I use the Charms thing on the right of the screen to get to Control Panel (Settings, Control Panel), the Category View sticks.

    So, inconsistent delivery between Classic and Iconised 8.1, I feel
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I want Control Panel to open in Category mode
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