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Control Panel Won't Stay in Category View

  1. #1


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 PRO

    Control Panel Won't Stay in Category View


    Pretty much the title. I switch Control Panel to category view close out, re-open and its back in the other view. I try switching it to category view, restarting the computer and it back to the other view. How do I get it to stay in category?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Helltech,

    If you like, you could use Option 2, 3, or 4 in the tutorial below to set your Control Panel to always open in category view. The tutorial works in Windows 8 as well.

    Control Panel View - Category or Icons - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 PRO


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Helltech,

    If you like, you could use Option 2, 3, or 4 in the tutorial below to set your Control Panel to always open in category view. The tutorial works in Windows 8 as well.

    Control Panel View - Category or Icons - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thank you very much!
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    You're most welcome.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 PRO


    So I know I marked this as solved (I jumped the gun and figured registry changes would solve it for sure), but they didn't? Any other ideas?
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  6. #6


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    Hmm, ok. Give Option Two a try with Group Policy to see if that will force it to open to the view you wanted by default.
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  7. #7


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I'm having the same problem, new install of 8. Hey Shawn I realize now why my Windows 8 installer is different - It's a British version heh. Installed a UK keyboard.

    I was thinking it's because my resolution is 768 by 1024 as to why it's always opening in category mode.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey John,

    Ah, gotta love those differences between languages. LOL
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    Helltech,

    How are you opening Control Panel on your PC?

    By chance, are you using a shortcut, or the default way from + X menu?

    If none of these options help, then see how this shortcut below may work for you for now until we get your issue sorted.

    Control Panel Icons View Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

    @John,

    You might see how this shortcut may work for you as well.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 PRO


    Ahh, I figured out (because of what you said) that it was classic start opening it in large icons, I had to customize it to make it open in category view. Thank you for helping me find the right answer.
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