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Old Jan 8, 2010, 02:51 PM   #1
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Default The ultimate 'God Mode' list: 39 secret Windows 7 shortcuts
For some reason that only the gods of the blogosphere can explain, an old Windows trick took on new life this week. If you create a new folder using an arbitrary name, followed by a period and the GUID {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}, you end up with a categorized list of Control Panel tasks. As I explained last weekend, there’s nothing new or hidden in this list, but calling it “God mode” seems to have given this tip wings. Even Steven Sinofsky got into the act, sending a list of 15 additional GUID-based shortcuts to my colleague Ina Fried at CNET.
So, that must be it, right? If Sinofsky has spoken then surely there can’t be any more.
Ha. I had compiled a list of these shortcuts for use in Windows 7 Inside Out but cut this section for space reasons. (It is slated to appear in the Deluxe edition, due next year.) I found that list the other day and just finished testing all of these shortcuts on a pair of clean Windows 7 installations. Here, then, is my Ultimate List of ‘God Mode’ shortcuts for Windows 7.
As with the other shortcuts, the process of turning one of these GUIDs into a shortcut that opens a shell folder or Control Panel item is straightforward. Start by right-clicking any empty space on the desktop or in a folder. Right-click and choose New, Folder. Type the name you want to appear under the shortcut, followed by a period and then the GUID shown in the list here, complete with curly braces on either end. Press enter and voila, you’re done.
I’ve divided the list into two groups:
• 14 GUID shortcuts that work only in Windows 7 (or later)
Action Center
Backup and Restore
Biometric Devices
Credential Manager
Default Location
Devices and Printers
Location and Other Sensors
Notification Area Icons
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections
Speech Recognition

• 25 GUID shortcuts that work in Windows Vista and Windows 7 (or later)

Administrative Tools
All .NET Frameworks and COM Libraries
All Tasks (Control Panel)
BitLocker Drive Encryption (Ultimate edition only)
Computer Folder
Default Programs
Ease of Access Center
Font Settings
Get Programs
Manage Wireless Networks
Network and Sharing Center
Network Connections
Network Folder
Parental Controls
Performance Information and Tools
Power Options
Programs and Features
Sync Center
User Accounts
Windows Firewall
Windows SideShow (Warning, caused my system to slow down briefly)
Windows Update
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