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Windows 7 GodMode showing 45 categories and 278 shortcuts

Windows 7 has an undocumented feature to create a shortcut which is named as “GodMode” by many Internet Blogs.  This feature is intended to give developers quick access to areas of the operating system.  Below are the steps to create this special shorcut:

1. On your desktop, create a new folder.
2. Name the folder as MyTools.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Shortcut Icon created on Desktop

In my above example, the word “MyTools” can be replaced with any other text.  The result, you get the following shortcut icon on your desktop.

When clicked, it opens Windows Explorer with long list of shortcuts to almost all areas of operating system operations.   The shortcuts in this folder links to various tools, utilities and interfaces which are already available and can be found in Control Panel.  It just puts them all into one big list and categorises them. You will notice a count of 45 categories and 278 shortcuts.

Windows Explorer

Category # of Shortcuts
Action Center 15
Administrative Tools 10
AutoPlay 3
Backup and Restore 2
BitLocker Drive Encryption 2
Color Management 1
Credential Manager 1
Date and Time 4
Default Programs 2
Desktop Gadgets 6
Device Manager 1
Devices and Printers 9
Display 11
Ease of Access Center 26
Folder Options 5
Fonts 3
Getting Started 4
HomeGroup 2
Indexing Options 1
Internet Options 14
Keyboard 2
Location and Other Sensors 3
Mouse 8
Network and Sharing Center 16
Notification Area Icons 6
Parental Controls 1
Performance Information and Tools 4
Personalization 12
Phone and Modem 1
Power Options 7
Programs and Features 8
Recovery 1
Region and Language 10
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections 1
Sound 4
Speech Recognition 3
Sync Center 6
System 22
Taskbar and Start Menu 10
Troubleshooting 12
User Accounts 13
Windows CardSpace 1
Windows Defender 1
Windows Firewall 2
Windows Update 2

One can create below listed shorcut folders using the same steps described above. The below folder names are named accordingly to give you a clue as to what each one does:

ASSEMBLIES.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
BIOMETRIC.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
CREDENTIALS.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
DEFAULTS.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
DRIVES.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
FIREWALL.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
LOCATION.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
NETWORK.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
NETWORKAPPS.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
NOTIFICATION.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
PERFORMANCE.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
POWER.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
PRINTERS.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
REMOTE.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
WIRELESS.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}

On the same Windows Explorer screen, it also shows the Keyword column which contains the keywords for various programs for instant search from Start button.

View of Keyword Column

Reference: The Deployment Guys on TechNet

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