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Programs and Features - Create Shortcut

How to Create a "Programs and Features" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
16 Aug 2009
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How to Create a "Programs and Features" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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This will show you how to create or download a Programs and Features shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8.


EXAMPLE: Programs and Features
-programs_features.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Download a "Programs and Features" Shortcut
1. Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
Programs_and_Features.zip
download
2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Open the downloaded .zip file and extract the Programs and Features shortcut to the desktop.

4. Unblock the Programs and Features shortcut. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have an Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
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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 if you like, or save it to use again.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "Programs and Features" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut. (See screenshot below)
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2. Typea command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl

OR

%WinDir%\System32\appwiz.cpl
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3. Type Programs and Features for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
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4. Right click on the new Programs and Features shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab. To the right of Run, click/tap on the drop down menu and select Minimized, and click/tap on Apply. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: This is so the command window will not be seen flashing quickly open and closed when you use the Windows Update shortcut.
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6. Click/tap on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot above)

7. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the path below, and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll

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8. Select the Programs and Features icon, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot above)

9. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
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10. 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.

11. 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






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