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Make Control Panel Applets More Accessible

When you open the Control Panel, you are presented with a few dozen icons allowing you to control many aspects of the Windows environment. Here is a tip that not only makes these Control Panel Applets more quickly accessible, but allows you exclude the ones you don't want, and add your own custom icons:

Solution #1:

  1. Open Control Panel and Explorer.
  2. Make a new folder directly underneath the Start Menu called "Control Panel".
  3. Select some or all of the icons in Control Panel, and drag them into this new folder.
  4. Windows will make a shortcut to each icon you drop into the folder, forming a new menu right off the Start Menu.

Not only can you rename or remove any of the entries you wish, but you can add non-Control Panel items to the list, such as the Volume Control and Dial-up Networking (which should have been in the Control Panel in the first place).

Solution #2:

  1. Create a new folder in your Start Menu, and name it "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
  2. This has the same result as the above, except that it is automatic, and you can't change its contents.
  3. You can also do the same with the following virtual folders:
    • Dial-Up Networking.{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}
    • Printers.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
    • Inbox.{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
    • My Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
    • Recycle Bin.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
    • Network Neighborhood.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
    • Desktop.{00021400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
    • Briefcase.{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}
    • Fonts.{BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}