The Ultimate Control Panel (Aka God Mode)

By William Stanek
January 5, 2010

William here. Wandering the stream on a slow Tuesday. Kids are at school and it's so quiet. By now you may have heard about an alternate Control Panel view some folks are calling God mode and probably because God mode has much better wow factor than alternate (or ultimate) Control Panel view. Still, I prefer to think of this feature as the Ultimate Control Panel (or UCP) view.

To create an alternate view for Control Panel, you simply open Windows Explorer and then create a new folder. Next, you name the folder with any text string, followed by a period and then add the globally unique identifier (GUID) for the alternate Control Panel view.

The GUID is: {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. Following this, you could name your folder:

DadsStuff.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Or

MyPanel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Or

JustDucky.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

It's the GUID, not the text string that does the magic. The GUID is a registered value in the operating system and it identifies the alternate Control Panel view.

When you create and name the folder in this way, you'll have a UCP that looks like the figure below.

UCP.PNG

You can use the UCP to quickly perform common tasks with:

  • Action Center
  • Administrative Tools
  • AutoPlay
  • Backup and Restore
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Color Management
  • Credential Manager
  • Date and Time
  • Default Programs
  • Desktop Gadgets
  • Device Manager
  • Devices and Printers
  • Display
  • Ease of Access Center
  • Folder Options
  • Fonts
  • Getting Started
  • HomeGroup
  • Indexing Options
  • Internet Options
  • Keyboard
  • Location and Other Sensors
  • Mouse
  • Network and Sharing Center
  • Notification Area Icons
  • Parental Controls
  • Performance Information and Tools
  • Personalization
  • Phone and Modem
  • Power Options
  • Programs and Features
  • Recovery
  • Region and Language
  • RemoteApp and Desktop Connections
  • Sound
  • Speech Recognition
  • Sync Center
  • System
  • Taskbar and Start Menu
  • Troubleshooting
  • User Accounts
  • Windows CardSpace
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Firewall
  • Windows Update

More on the alternate Control Panel soon.

Thanks for reading, time for me to get back to work! Hope you'll take a look at my new book Windows 7: The Definitive Guide. Also just released is my book Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.

William R. Stanek
williamstanek at aol dot com
http://www.twitter.com/WilliamStanek


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