A CDE Definition
Win Control panels
Windows control panels are dialog boxes that display the current settings for all the configurable elements in the computer. All control panels can be accessed from the Start menu. In Windows 8.1 and 10, right click the Start menu and select Control Panel. In Windows XP and 7, select Start menu/Control Panel. See Win Properties.
Windows lets you edit the settings of many of the resources in your computer by selecting their Properties. Properties serve as a front end to the Registry, which is the Windows database that holds the actual data (see Win Registry).
The Properties dialog boxes, also known as "Property Sheets," are displayed by selecting the various control panels from the Start menu (see Win control panels). Right clicking on various objects also displays Properties. Following are ways to access useful Property Sheets.
FILES AND FOLDERS (Size, Date, etc.)
In Explorer, right click on the file or folder and select Properties.
SCREEN APPEARANCE (Desktop, Colors, Screen saver)
Right click on any uncovered part of the desktop. In Win7, 8.1 and 10, select Personalize. In XP, select Properties.
TASKBAR (Lock, Audo Hide)
Right click on any uncovered part of the Taskbar (in between the buttons, if necessary).
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION (Model, Driver data)
Except for the earlier Windows NT 4, Device Manager shows the details of all attached hardware. See Win Device Manager.
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