Windows 7 had (and has) a really convenient way to get to many of the functions — customizations and tools — that are available in its Control Panel.
Accessing them via the Control Panel, you have to know (or figure out) where to find them. Using the Master Control Panel, or Master Controls, or God Mode (as some people call it), makes it easy to find these items.
Window 8 has the same Master Control Panel available, too — and you can get to it the same way.
You don’t access it by finding your way through a series of links or menus. Instead, you create a folder on the Windows 8 Desktop (Desktop mode, not in the tiled-mode Modern interface).
This folder will open as a specially formatted Windows Explorer display that shows the options available that way. It also provides easy access to the full Control Panel.
Notice that I wrote "folder." This is actually a folder, not a Shortcut to a program or a Shortcut to a folder. That’s an interesting bit of trivial, and not obvious. It’s also the tripping point for many people who try to create the link — they create a Shortcut, instead of a Folder, so it doesn’t work for them.
The steps to create the link on the Windows 8/8.1 Desktop are:
- If yhou’re in the Tiled mode, switch to the Desktop mode;
- Right-click on a blank section of the Desktop,
- On the resulting options menu, select New and then Folder;
- In the title field for the folder, enter
- Prss enter or click somewhere other than in the title edit box in order to complete its setup
You should now see a new Master Controls icon that looks like this:
When you open the folder (double-click on it, or select it and press the Enter key), the Master Controls dialog opens to display links to the controls you can change.
As you can see below, there are 255 links available in the Master Controls list. They’re grouped by type, and the groupings can be compressed or expanded for easier use.
Only a few of the groupings are shown in the image above. Notice the vertical slide bar on the right-hand side of the image — it shows that there’s a lot of content scrolled outside the window.