How to create shortcuts for Windows 7 settings

Instead of using the Windows 7 Control Panel to get to settings you use frequently, why not use shortcuts? We'll show you.

Instead of using the Windows 7 Control Panel to get to settings you use frequently, why not use shortcuts? You can create both graphical and keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7 settings. Here's how:

Category shortcuts

Category shortcuts allow quick access to any category or subcategory of the Control Panel.

Step 1: Open the Windows Control Panel and navigate to the category you want to create a shortcut for.

Windows 7 control panel
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2: Hover over the text of the category you want, then drag it over to your desktop.

Task and configuration shortcuts

Task and configuration shortcuts allow direct access to specific tasks like, "Show hidden files and folders."

Step 1: Enter Windows 7's GodMode. To learn how to enable GodMode, read the CNET article, " Understanding Windows 7's 'GodMode' ."

Step 2: Right-click on the task or setting you want, then select "Create shortcut." This will create a shortcut on your desktop.

Windows 7 GodMode shortcut
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Keyboard shortcuts

If you want take it even further, create keyboard shortcuts for quick access to Windows 7 settings.

Step 1: Right-click on one of the shortcut icons you just created and select "Properties."

Shortcut properties
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2: In the "Shortcut key:" field, type a key combination to use as a keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut key
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. Now you can open "Device Manager" and other Windows 7 settings by clicking on a single icon or with just two keystrokes!

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About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at


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