When you want to make a change to one of the settings in Windows 7, one of the challenges is to find open the Control Panel and then try to find where that setting is controlled.
Fortunately, Microsoft set up a feature that we can use, although they did not make it readily available for users. Why not? Because the easy ability to change settings could result in a mess, especially if a new user started making changes just to see what happened, or if a child were to play with the settings.
For the rest of us, one quick place where all (or almost all) the Control Panel settings can be found and controlled is a great idea.
Fortunately, creating the access tool is easy, too.
The first step is to create a new folder on the Windows Desktop. Right-click on a black spot of the Desktop, select New, and then Folder. Note, this is not a Shortcut, it is a folder.
Then, as part of the creation process, or even afterwards, paste the following into the Folder name field —
The portion to the left of the period is the title that will show on the folder, which will automatically get the icon image shown. You can really use the title you want, but I like Master Control. Others like "GodMode" for the same purpose. It’s up to you.
The portion to the right of the period, which is in a matched set of braces, points Windows 7 to its internal routines that provide the functionality.
Once you’ve created the folder with the indicated string, you’ll have icon set up. Just double-click on this new special folder icon.
That will open the folder, which will provide a special view of Windows Explorer. The right-hand window will display, and provide ready access, to a huge number of Windows 7 configuration and monitoring functions.