Searching for Control Panel Functionality in Windows Vista

Q: How do I search within Windows Vista Control Panel for the functionality I need?

A: As you can with nearly all elements of Vista, you can search within Control Panel. However, search functions in different ways depending on the Control Panel mode you’re using. If you’re in Control Panel’s Classic mode and perform a search, the system searches only the names of Control Panel applets; so, searching for the term “monitor” will yield no results.

If you instead use Control Panel’s Home mode, the search now uses more knowledge of Control Panel and tagged metadata to obtain more detailed and accurate results. I recommend that if you want to search for Control Panel functionality, always ensure that you’re in Control Panel’s Home view.

—John Savill

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