Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 14, 2019)
I don't know about you, but I find myself pulling up the Control Panel quite regularly in my daily use of Windows. If I'm working on someone else's system, that need to frequently access the Control Panel is increased quite a bit.
If you often use various Control Panel options, here's a cool tip that you may find useful. Start by creating a regular folder on your desktop. Then, right-click the folder and rename it using this pattern for a name:
Instead of "MyName" you can use whatever name you want. The important thing is that you follow that name with the period, a brace, the letters and numbers shown above, and a closing brace.
When you press Enter after specifying the name, two things happen. First, the folder is renamed to only the name that appears before the period. Second, Windows gives the folder a special set of contents: All of the Control Panel shortcuts you could ever want. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. Creating a folder with special shortcuts.
Some people refer to this folder as the "god mode folder." In other words, it is "all powerful," in that it puts all these shortcuts in one, easy-to-access place.
You can take this one step further by simply copying (or moving) the folder to a USB flash drive. That way you can plug the drive into whatever system you want, open up the folder, and you'll have access to all the Control Panel shortcuts in one place.
This tip (3397) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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