Everybody loves Windows (or at least everybody who is not using Mac), but we have to admit that Microsoft never made finding the tool you need an easy job. Moreover, the recent options they did add — the one that split Control Panels into “old” and “new” — is now more confusing than ever.
The Ultimate Settings Panel was once a commercial tool but now has been made free. It makes almost all the Windows applets, tool or settings panels become accessible from just one spot and gets bonus points for having a basic interface that consists of just set of tabs with a series of flat blue buttons that lets you launch a certain tool or applet.
The tabs include Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Advanced, Outlook, Control Panel, Server Administration, Command Output, Shutdown Options, Powershell, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
If you click on the Windows 10 button, for instance, you will see other 48 buttons covering the main settings you might need (such as Display and User Accounts), regular Windows 10 apps (like Store or Photos), tools you have to look for a lot (Credential Manager, Windows Repair Disc) and other common items you can launch with the use of the program, such as WordPad or Explorer. Moreover, you have other items similar to Management Console and Control Panel to cover other settings you may need.
The app-oriented tabs for browsers are focusing on launching programs with certain command-line options. You can start Outlook in Safe Mode, for instance, if it doesn’t open up normally or launch Chrome and Firefox right into a private session.
Command Output, on the other hand, is more interesting since it just runs some common command-line tasks and shows the results in a different window. You can start Netstat, IPConfig or other tools you need with just a click.
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