Windows 7: Show all control panel tasks aka god mode shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Using the Control Panel, you can change settings for Windows. These settings control almost everything on display and functionality of Windows and they allow you to set up Windows to suit your requirements. The Panel, in my opinion, should be used only if there is a need, as a user and an awareness of the effects of the settings. Otherwise, I always recommend asking an experienced PC users for advice and help (something like what I do so even if my car as something wrong with the electrics).

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Compared to Vista when Windows 7 has not only changed the face a lot. The Panel has some modifications. Open the Control Panel by first clicking the Start button and then click Control Panel.

To search for the desired panel element has the following two methods:

1. Using the search

To find an interesting setting for you, or a task that you want to run, type a word or a keyword in the search box which can be found in the upper right corner. For example, type ‘sound’ to find all tasks related with settings for the sound card, system sounds and the volume control in the taskbar.

2. Browse

You can browse the Control Panel by clicking on various categories.

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Tip

When you browse the Control Panel, you can quickly jump to an item in the list by typing the first few letters of the items name. To switch to settings related to ‘sound’, just type sou. The first panel item that begins with the letters sou i then selected in the window. You can of course also use the arrow key (up, down, left, right) to navigate through the Control Panel items.

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When you open the Control Panel in Windows 7, it will be open by default in Category View, with about 30 choices, the system or adapt to penetrate deeper into the categories of the Control Panel. Toggle the view to be ‘Small Icons’ to, so be delivered to an already 55 customization options for different tasks. Oliver Scheer wrote in his diary for Windows 7 a detailed article about the panel, more than worth a look: T-36: Control Panel

Secret Windows control center or secret control panel?

In the Internet it is often pointed to a tip that will unlock a secret control center or secret panel in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
It is often said that one or the other element of this Panel, in the normal way would never get to see.. now you can decide on your own, wheter these rumours are true or not..

To see all available Control Panel items, just use this string..

shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Open an Explorer Window and copy/paste this string in the address bar

ControlPanelAllTasks

you can also copy/paste it in the run dialog or just press the Windows Key once and paste it there..

This will open ‘a hidden/very secret’ 😉 All Tasks window:

ControlPanelAllTasksWindow

Alternatively you can create a folder called ‘All Tasks’ to open the All Tasks window..

The name of the folder must be ‘All Tasks.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}’. When you hit the enter key to save the folder, the string {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} will disappear.

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Questions/Comments? feel free to write..

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