You can now manage your Windows 10 themes in the Settings app

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Windows 10’s Settings app has received a few updates and enhancements in the latest Windows 10 Preview build 15002. Most changes concern the Settings pages, as Microsoft merged some pages, and implemented some new elements into the existing ones.

One of the changes that Microsoft made in the new build is moving the team management to the Settings app from the Control Panel. The functionality of the feature hasn’t changed much. Users still can choose the background, set colors, and adjust sounds and mouse cursors. Only the location is different now.

To access theme management, go to  Settings > Personalization > Themes. You can still choose between Windows 10’s default themes or create your own custom theme.

Control Panel is slowly dying off

Although this is just a location change, as the feature works almost identical, it represents more than just an aesthetic improvement. Some time ago, a few Microsoft’s employees have indicated that the company plans to completely remove the Control Panel from Windows 10, in favor of the Settings app.

The transformation unofficially started when Microsoft removed the Control Panel the Win+X menu. Now, as the theme management (a feature that has been present in the Control Panel for ages) has been moved to the Settings app, we can say that end of the Control Panel nears.

Ex-chief of the Windows Insider program, Gabe Aul said that having both Control Panel and Settings fully functional requires too many resources. Therefore, in order to make Windows 10 as cross-platform friendly as possible, Microsoft will eventually get rid of the Control Panel.

Microsoft still hasn’t undertaken any crucial steps towards removing the Control Panel completely, but having features ‘transferred’ like this surely indicates the extinction of one of Windows’ signature features is just a few major updates away, if not less.

How do you feel about Microsoft’s plans to completely remove the Control Panel from Windows 10? Is the Settings app really a better option? Let us know in the comments below.


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