God Mode

January 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Computers, Software | Leave a comment

Recently, a friend sent me an article about “GodMode” in Windows 7. This is an overstated but handy feature to create a shortcut for access to a management console, more advanced than “Computer Management” in Windows XP.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10423985-56.html

“To enter “GodMode,” one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:

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

Once that is done, the folder’s icon will change to resemble a control panel and will contain dozens of control options.”

Of course, this is not a mode, just a management tool.  The folder name before the dot is your choice.

As Win7 makes some things even more obscure to find, this can be very useful. Evidently the feature is also available in Vista but tends to crash 64 bit versions.

This is similar to a shortcut feature I’ve used for awhile. For example, to have Windows Explorer open showing the drive listed rather than at My Docs.

Some blogs (including the above author) have published lists of other cryptic shortcut hex codes. These open various other control panel and related features. But the correct one varies a little by OS version so some will work and others not.

The MS Developers site has a more complete list here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee330741%28VS.85%29.aspx

As one commenter observed, you can also go to any folder in “GodMode” and right click it, selecting ‘Send to Desktop’ to create a shortcut to that desired feature.

Personally, I prefer the central panel that allows quick access. Similarly, I have a desktop folder containing key shortcuts to utilities and another to key documents. Create a toolbar and point to the desktop and you have quick access to them.
David

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