The control panel is usually the first place you go to change any major setting on your computer. Unfortunately, the default view for the control panel in Windows 7 is Category view. There is no option to permanently switch back to a “classic view,” as in other versions of Windows (I know, some habits die hard.) The good news is, I found a simple fix!
Before I get started with this Windows 7 How-To Tutorial, let’s take a look at what I’m talking about specifically.
The default Category view in the Windows 7 control panel can be confusing and lacks direction functionality. It may be useful for some people who aren’t familiar with Windows, but for advanced Old-School users, it lacks all the control that we are used to with older versions of Windows.
Let’s’ learn how to fix its default view mode!
How To Force View All In Windows 7 Control Panel
1. Click the Windows Start Orb, then in the search box Type gpedit.msc then Click the Program link or Press Enter on your keyboard.
2. Under Local Computer Policy, browse to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel.
3. Right-Click Always open All Control Panel Items when opening Control Panel. Then Click Edit from the context menu.
4. Click the Enabled bullet, then Click OK to finish.
Constantly changing the View by option can get annoying, and the Category view just isn’t as quick to use. But with the above steps taken and the new View menu set, you won’t need to worry about changing it ever again! Each time you load up the control panel, it will automatically display in Small icons view.