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The ultimate 'God Mode' list: 39 secret Windows 7 shortcuts

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    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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    Thanks for the info.


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        Do you really expect us all to understand this ****?
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