Windows centralizes the settings for many features that control the behavior and appearance of the computer. These settings are categorized in utilities, or small programs, found in the Control Panel, as shown in Figure 1. Adding or removing programs, changing network settings, and changing the security settings are some of the configuration options available in the Control Panel.

The names of various categories in the Control Panel differ slightly depending on the version of Windows installed. By default, icons are grouped into the following eight categories in Windows 7:

In Windows you can change how the Control Panel is displayed. The view that you select determines which utilities are immediately accessible in the Control Panel. In Windows 7, the view options include:

NOTE: This course uses the large icon view, as shown in Figure 2.

In Windows Vista, there are two view options:

In Windows XP, there are two view options: