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Windows 7: minor issue


12 Apr 2010   #1

windows7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
minor issue

I always make shortcuts on my desktop for the parts of control panel i use the most. Since using windows 7, my shortcuts keep disappearing. one time they lasted a month so i thought i was in the clear. last time they lasted a week. Is it me? just wondering if im alone on this one.

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12 Apr 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

I've never heard of this issue.

You can do a few things...

Regular Shorcut
Create shortcut
Target: "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\NVIDIA Control Panel"

Batch File
Open Notepad
Enter the line: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl for Time & Date
Or the line: control powercfg.cpl for Power Configuration
Save as all files, timedate.bat
Create shortcut to timedate.bat

Manual Shorcut
Create New Shortcut
Target: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl
Change Shortcut Icon

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/192806
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._%28Windows%29

Here's an example of a control panel shortcut:
Internet Options Shortcut - Create
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12 Apr 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is one other thing you can do. Stick them into a folder and make a toolbar. E.g. like this:

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14 Apr 2010   #4

 
 

hi WHS could you tell me how to do that?
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14 Apr 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Very simple. "All" is a folder that contains the 5 folders (programs, system functions, etc.) Each one of these 5 folders contains shortcuts for the subject at hand. The ones you see blown up are from "Programs". I keep "All" on the desktop for maintenance convenience (when I want to add or delete), but you can put it anywhere.
To make the toolbar from the "All" folder, right click on the Taskbar > Toolbars > new toolbar. Then navigate to your "ALL" folder (or whatever name you give it) and select it.
You can make toolbars of the individual folders too. But that will ultimately crowd your taskbar too much. And the length of the foldername ("All" in this case) will determine the amount of space that will be taken on the Taskbar. So you have an interest to use short names.
Here is a Video Tutorial that I made on the subject. If you watch it, I am sure it will become clear.
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15 Apr 2010   #6

 
 

thanks but the link to the video just takes me back to this page. the link is inncorrect.
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15 Apr 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stillfreefilms View Post
thanks but the link to the video just takes me back to this page. the link is inncorrect.
The link works for me, but here's where he's linking you to,
Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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15 Apr 2010   #8

 
 

i made my folders but when i lock the taskbar a icon of the folder comes up is there a way for it to not?
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15 Apr 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Before you lock it if you right click on the seperator, and make sure "show title" and "show text" are checked.

Taskbar - Pin or Unpin a Folder


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15 Apr 2010   #10

 
 

thanks, you can not fit much more on your superbar.
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