by March 3, 2010 0 comments

Windows 7 provides an all task folder which gives access to
the functions that are normally buried deep into the Control Panel and provide
an Explorer kind of interface to jump straight into specific Windows settings.
The God mode folder (as it is popularly known) converts regular system folders
into namespace junctions, and gives access to various configuration panels in a
single folder. The folder comes in handy and allows you to tweak with the
operating system settings and avoid the hassles of moving from one folder to
another.  The trick to create such a folder is to simple rename a folder with a
hex name such {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}  and  the folder’s icon
will change to resemble a control panel and  contain dozens of control options.
The folder was created to make the operating system handy for developers. You
may also choose to make individual folders for each setting if you want, since
each setting has a unique identification code. These are created in a similar
manner but have different codes. The code inside curly braces is called GUID or
graphical unique identifiers and is used to provide an internal access point to
control panel items. It configures each folder to represent a specific feature.
The box shows some codes for important applications. You can also quick launch
your favorite folders in the taskbar; just create a new shortcut and enter the
location as ‘explorer shell:::special code’ (without name). After creating the
shortcut, right click on properties, change icon, and type control.exe in the
text box and press Enter. Now select the control panel icon. You can drag and
drop the shortcut to taskbar. Apart from the God mode folders other shortcuts
are also available using shell command. The syntax is again very easy. Just type
shell command followed by colon and then shell folder locations. These are
useful for people who don’t want to move their hands from the keyboard to the

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Some useful shell-based shortcuts
Public — Opens the default collection of shared folders on a

shell: Cookies and shell:Cache — The fastest way
to see information saved by Internet Explorer

shell: Personal — The Documents folder of
currently logged user

shell: Administrative Tools — Launch
administrative tools sub folder from start menu

shell: Gadgets — User installed gadgets that
have been removed from the desktop but are still available


This window shows the master control panel that contains
all configuration settings.


The image shows a God mode folder for wireless
configuration settings.

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