Navigating the Control Panel has never been the easiest of processes, however Windows 7 and Windows 8 has tried to improve the situation by equipping the Control Panel window with its own search box. And, just as you might think, if you enter part of an applet name – “Display”, say – then matching applets will be listed right away.
You don’t have to be quite so specific about what you type, though, because Search generally does a very good job of figuring out what’s relevant. Entering “hacker” displays the Firewall applet, for instance, while typing “virus” provides a link to Windows Defender. It’s all very helpful, but keep in mind that you don’t have to launch Control Panel to get these results: simply type your key words into the Start Menu search box and the same links will appear.