Feeling All Powerful?

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 29, 2016)

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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:

MyName.{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}

Instead of "MyName" you can use whatever other 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.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 2 + 2?

2016-03-01 06:52:56

Brian Hershman

Thanks to Dave H.
Creating it as a new shortcut instead of as a new folder has straightened it up now.


2016-03-01 05:53:35

Shreepad S M Gandhi

Thanks Allen.
I tried exactly in the way you have explained above and got it right with the suggested name of my choice.
Cool Windows Tip.


2016-02-29 16:16:50

Dave H.

Lou & Brian-Try using some of the tips here for creating the shortcut...
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/44340-control-panel-all-tasks-list-shortcut.html


2016-02-29 16:15:45

Dave H.

Lou & Brian - Try using some of the tips here for creating the shortcut.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/44340-control-panel-all-tasks-list-shortcut.html


2016-02-29 10:43:01

Brian Hershman

The tip worked successfully in W7 Pro, except that the folder was NOT renamed to only the name that appears before the period. I tried twice, but in both cases the extension specified in the tip continues to be shown.


2016-02-29 07:44:26

Anne

Worked just fine for me the first time. Cool!


2016-02-29 07:10:06

Lou Jones

This tip worked as described EXCEPT all the stuff after the period appeared in the file name on the desktop. After I renamed the file to eliminate the extra stuff, the file was empty.

I deleted the file and repeated the procedure. Now I have the file as Allen described except for the extra-long file name.


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