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Control Panel All Tasks List Shortcut

How to Create a "Control Panel All Tasks List" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
04 Dec 2009
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How to Create a "Control Panel All Tasks List" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
All Tasks (aka: GodMode) is a list of all Control Panel items.

This will show you how to create or download a Control Panel All Tasks List "God Mode" shortcut.

Note   Note
Credit belongs to our member Iggy for this tip.
warning   Warning
If pinned to the taskbar, be sure to keep the Control Panel All Tasks List icon positioned (dragged) to the right of the default pinned Windows Explorer icon location on the taskbar. If it's to the left of it, then all opened Windows Explorer windows will have their thumbnail previews show in the pinned Control Panel All Tasks List icon instead.

EXAMPLE: Control Panel All Tasks List
NOTE: This will show you every task available in the Control Panel listed by category. Some of these are not normally displayed in the Control Panel.
Control Panel All Tasks List Shortcut-all_tasks_list2.jpg

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OPTION ONE
To Download the "Control Panel All Tasks List" Shortcut

NOTE: This shortcut is the same one from OPTION TWO below.
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below
Control_Panel_All_Tasks_List.zip
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2. Save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the Control Panel All Tasks List shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the Control Panel All Tasks List 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.
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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 finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.







OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "Control Panel All Tasks List" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
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3. Type Control Panel All Tasks List for the name, and click 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 Control Panel All Tasks List shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
%windir%\System32\imageres.dll
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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)
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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.



OPTION THREE
To Manually Create a "Control Panel All Tasks List" Folder Shortcut

NOTE: This option will not have the Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu options in it's Properties page since it is treated like a folder in Windows 7 instead. However, it does allow you to use in say Opject Dock without the Windows Explorer issue.
1. Right click on your desktop, then click on New and Folder.

2. Copy the name below.
Control Panel All Tasks List.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
3. Right click on the New Folder, click on Rename, paste the name above, and press Enter.

4. You can now pin this folder to Start Menu (Windows 7 only), pin this folder to taskbar, or move it to where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn




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04 Dec 2009   #1
jeff10251970

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Another option

Could be a option 3:
Type "C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" in Windows explorer window, which will open the "all tasks" then just drag to desktop and it creates a short cut.

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04 Dec 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jeff, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Thank you. To bad creating a shortcut using that method does not have a option to "Pin to Start Menu" or "Pin to Task Bar" though.
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11 Dec 2009   #3
da180

Windows 7 HP
 
 

I copied and pasted as it appeared in the tutorial. Once the shortcut was on the desktop I had options to pin to taskbar or start menu. With the taskbar UNLOCKED I was also able to drag it to my quick launch toolbar.
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24 Dec 2009   #4
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by da180 View Post
I copied and pasted as it appeared in the tutorial. Once the shortcut was on the desktop I had options to pin to taskbar or start menu. With the taskbar UNLOCKED I was also able to drag it to my quick launch toolbar.
I did this, but when I deleted the desktop shortcut, it no longer worked. So I dragged the shortcut directly for explorer onto the start menu. It's pinned and works. Couldn't pin to taskbar this way, but can to quicklaunch.
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24 Dec 2009   #5
smarteyeball

 
 

Why do MS hide useful options like this all the time?

This is much more logical than hiding things within sub categories of sub categories
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03 Jan 2010   #6
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

BTW you can name the first part anything you want it does not have to be GodMode. It can be AdminMode or MyComputersSettings it does not matter.
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03 Jan 2010   #7
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Digg it! Digg it! already!

This is a lot easier then one 3rd party app having everything rolled in one scroll down listing then the free app Windows 7-in-a-box whcih divides everything up with several buttons. No 3rd party app requiring installation to download!
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04 Jan 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
BTW you can name the first part anything you want it does not have to be GodMode. It can be AdminMode or MyComputersSettings it does not matter.
Hello WindowsStar,

I'm not sure what you mean. That name is not in the tutorial, but you can name the shortcut anything that like though.



Hello Night Hawk,

Dugged.
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04 Jan 2010   #9
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

If I'm not mistaken WindowsStar may be referring to renaming the shortcut once created. Here I simply right clicked on the shortcut once made and selected properties to rename it in the general tab to "Control Panel - All Tasks".

I did find that once renamed you can right click to pin the new shortcut or simply drag it onto the taskbar it seems. The image here shows how it looks when you see it right next to the Control Panel icon on the taskbar with a rather different icon Red, White, and Blue in use there.

The shortcut was also dragged into the folder used for an addon toolbar and when right clicked there the option to pin to the Start menu was seen. That was seen right under the unpin from taskbar option. Remember when right clicking on it to select properties first in order to then see the options once you rename the shortcut it seems.

Looks great just the same and as you can see simplifies everything. Good find!


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