Okay, so I know we’ve gone over this one before, but a lot of you have been asking about it recently and it seems like many of you are still having trouble with it, so I thought I’d go over it again today. What am I talking about? Well, you may or may not know that the Control Panel on your computer has two different views. That’s right, it has a Classic View and a Category View. They’re both very different and either one of them can be used for all sorts of things. It’s also very easy to switch back and forth between them. Read on!

Let’s start with the Classic View. If you choose this particular option, you will see a box that’s filled with different icons. They include everything from Accessibility Options to Date and Time to Printers and Faxes to User Accounts and so on. It contains quite a bit more than the Category View does, but it’s also an older version of the Control Panel. On the other hand, the Category View is a more condensed version, but it still has everything you could possibly need from the Control Panel.

Classic View

Now, certain computer techniques require you to be in a particular view and if you’re not in the right one, you may run into some trouble. But, like I said earlier, it’s very easy to switch between them, so you’re never too far from where you need to be. To see how you can do that, go to Start, Control Panel and look in the top left hand corner. There you will see a link that either says “Switch to Category View” or “Switch to Classic View.” Once you click on that, you will be taken to the Control Panel you need and you can get your work done. It’s as easy as pie!

Category View

~ Erin