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Windows 8 Tips Part 15 – Take Back Control Of Your Settings

All SettingsDo you want to have an all access icon on your desktop? Some call this God Mode but I am sure that if it were, you would be able to do much more.

I came across this tip the other day and thought it would be nice to share here. Windows 8 settings are spread across the OS in various nooks and crannies. How many times have you rooted around the Control Panel in search for that one setting you used a few months ago?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all in one place (so that you can go rooting around in only one place)? Well, Mark Kaelin shared this tip on TechRepublic (reference link below) and here it is.

You can start by opening up File Explorer. Access the View Tab and ensure that the ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ are checked.

Windows 8 File Explorer

Next, create a new folder on your desktop.

Desktop Create New Folder

In the folder name, copy and paste the following string:

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

You can change the folder name if you wish. Just replace the “AllSettings” portion to whatever you want. “I have the power” comes to mind.

All Settings String as file name

When you hit enter, the icon will change.

All Settings Icon Created

Clicking on your new AllSettings icon will open up a smorgasbord of settings for your tweaking pleasure (Just look at the scroll bar).

All Settings Screen

And that’s it. Enjoy!

Reference: Mark Kaelin

Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer and Microsoft MVP from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has yet to master.
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