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Control Panel Category View Shortcut - Create

How to Create a Control Panel Shortcut that Always Opens to Category View in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
05 Jan 2011
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How to Create a Control Panel Shortcut that Always Opens to Category View in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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This will show you how to create a Control Panel shortcut that will always open in Category view in Windows 7 and Windows 8.


EXAMPLE: Control Panel Category View
-cp_category_view.jpg





OPTION ONE
To Download the "Control Panel Category View" Shortcut
1. Click on the download button below to download the file below
Control_Panel_Category_View.zip
download
2. Save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the Control Panel Category View shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the Control Panel Category View shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
Name:  Unblock.jpg
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5. In Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.







OPTION TWO
To Manually Create the "Control Panel Category View" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Type the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (see screenshot below)
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}
Name:  Step1.jpg
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3. Type Control Panel Category View for the name, and click on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
Name:  Step2.jpg
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4. Right click on the new Control Panel Category View shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step3.jpg
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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", type in the location below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
%windir%\System32\imageres.dll
Name:  Step4.jpg
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Size:  78.5 KB
7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above and click on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step5.jpg
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Size:  61.9 KB
9. In Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

10. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn



05 Jan 2011   #1
Golden

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Very nice - another quality tut from Brink


My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jan 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Golden.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2011   #3
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I think you may have got the manual shortcut wrong. It opens in icon view for me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry about that Keith. It has been corrected.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2011   #5
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

No problem Shawn. I used the download instead.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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