188.8.131.52 Lab – Explore Control Panel Categories
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In this lab, you will investigate the options provided in the various commonly used Control Panel items.
Background / Scenario
The Control Panel allows you to view and change system settings as necessary. You can add and remove hardware and software, modify user accounts, change accessibility options and configure network settings.
- Windows PC
Step 1: Control Panel Views
By default, the Control Panel is divided into categories. Each category controls a group of related function in Windows.
a. To open the Control Panel, click Start and search for Control Panel.
b. In the Control Panel, click the View by: drop-down box.
What are the viewing options?
The 3 viewing options are Category, Large icons, and Small icons.
c. Select the Categories view as necessary.
Name a few of the Control Panel categories.
The available Control Panel categories are: System and Security, Network and Internet, Hardware and Sound, Programs, User Accounts, Appearance and Personalization, Clock and Region, and Ease of Access.
Step 2: System and Security
The System and Security category provides computer system information and settings and configures the computer security settings.
Navigate to the System and Security category in the Control Panel. Use the subcategories to answer the following questions.
Which subcategory would help you troubleshoot common problems?
Security and Maintenance > troubleshoot common computer problems (windows 10), Find and fix problems (Windows 8.1 and 7)
Which subcategory allow a program through Windows Firewall?
Windows 10: Windows Defender Firewall > Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall
Window 8.1: Windows Firewall > Allow an app through Windows Firewall
Windows 7: Windows Firewall >Allow a program through Windows Firewall
Step 3: Network and Internet
The Network and Internet category allows you to view the network status and configure network related setting and preferences.
Which subcategory allows you to view the basic network information and set up connections?
Network and Sharing Center
Step 4: Hardware and Sound
The Hardware and Sound category allows you to add and configure hardware devices including printers and Bluetooth capable devices, customize power options, and adjust sound related settings.
Which subcategory allows you to choose what happens when you insert a media or device?
Which subcategory allows you to add a printer?
Devices and Printers > Add a printer
Step 5: Programs
The Programs category provides program installation and uninstallation and the selection of specific programs that the Windows operating system will use by default. This category also allows you to install/uninstall windows features such as remote access and file transfer clients.
Which subcategory would you use to have a specific file type always open in a specified program?
Default Programs > set your default programs or Default Programs > Associate a file type or protocol with a program
Which subcategory would you use to uninstall a program?
Programs and Features > uninstall a program
Which subcategory would you use to install the Windows telnet client?
Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off
Step 6: User Accounts (or User Accounts and Family Safety in Windows 8.1 and 7)
The User Accounts category allows you to adjust user settings, such as account types and change passwords.
Which subcategory would you use change the account type from administrator to standard?
User Accounts > Change your account type
Which subcategory would you use to view, edit, or remove the web and Windows credentials?
Step 7: Appearance and Personalization
The Appearance and Personalization category allows you to configure the look and feel of Windows, such as the taskbar, navigation, and File Explorer options.
Which subcategory would you use to customize the Taskbar?
Windows 10 and 8.1: Taskbar and Navigation, Windows 7: Taskbar and Start Menu
Which subcategory would you use to show hidden files and folders?
File Explorer Options in Windows 10 or File Options in Windows 8.1 and 7 > Show hidden files and folders > In the View tab, click Show hidden files, folders, or drives
Which subcategory would you use to show extensions for known file types?
File Explorer Options in Windows 10 or File Options in Windows 8.1 and 7 > Files and Folders > In the View tab, uncheck Hide extensions for known file types
Step 8: Clock and Region (Clock, Language, and Region)
The Clock and Region category allows you to change the date, time, and region settings in Windows 10. In Windows 8.1 and 7, the Clock, Language, and Region category allows you to change the language settings in addition to date, time, and region settings.
Which subcategory would you use to change the time zone?
Date and Time > Change the time zone
Which subcategory would you use to change date format?
Region in Windows 10 and 8.1, Region and Language in Windows 7
Which subcategory would you use to synchronize the time on a computer with a specific web server on the Internet?
Date and Time > Internet Time > select Change settings
Step 9: Ease of Access
The Ease of Access category allows you to customize the Windows operating system for all types of users. This category also provides the configuration of voice control of the computer.
Which subcategory would you use to configure the computer to read aloud any text on the screen?
Ease of Access Center > Make the computer easier to use > check Turn on Narrator
Which subcategory would you use to improve the computer’s ability to understand your voice and improve the dictation accuracy?
Speech Recognition > Train your computer to better understand you