How to Create a Shortcut to the Windows Tools Folder

Windows Tools is a new folder that contains system and admin tools for Windows 10. Here’s how to create an easy to access shortcut to it.

As Windows 10 continues to evolve, a lot of the traditional tools and Control Panel utilities, you’ve been used to being moved to the Settings app. We’ve shown you how to find the classic administrative tools and other accessories and system tools on Windows 10 previously. But starting with Windows 10 build 21354, the company is creating a new folder for some of the admin tools you need. It will be called the “Windows Tools” folder. Here’s how to create a shortcut to it for easier access.

Windows Tools Folder

items in Windows Tools folder

The Windows Tools folder contains various classic admin and system tools for Windows 10. The folder is available on Windows 10 build 21354 and above.

Create a Shortcut to the Windows Tools Folder on Windows 10

To get started hit the Windows key and click on the Windows Tools icon on the left-hand side. You can find it quicker by opening W directly. Then drag and drop it over to the desktop.

Drag and Drop Windows Tools to Desktop

That creates the shortcut on the desktop. And you need to double-click on it to open the Windows Tools folder.

Create a Shortcut to Windows Tools Manually

While dragging and dropping it on the desktop is the easiest way to create a shortcut, you can do it manually, too. Start by right-clicking an empty spot on the desktop and go to New > Shortcut.

New Shortcut Windows 10

That opens the “Create Shortcut” wizard. Copy and paste the following into the “location of item” field:

explorer.exe shell:::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}

Click the Next button on the Shortcut Wizard after entering the path above.

shortcut wizard windows 10

Next, type in a name for the shortcut that you would like to use. Something like “Windows Tools” would be an obvious choice as it allows you to remember what the shortcut is for. But you can name it whatever you want.  When you are done, click the Finish button.

Name Windows Tools Shortcut

Now, if you want to change the shortcut icon, you can. First, right-click it and select Properties from the menu. Then make sure the Shortcut tab is open and click on the Change Icon button.

Shortcut Icon

Then choose from the default shortcut icons or add a custom icon. Note: System icons are located in: c:\windows\system32\imageres.dll

Shortcut Icon

That’s all there is to it. Now you have a shortcut to the Windows Tools folder. It’s also worth noting that you can add it to the Taskbar or the Start Menu as a tile on the right-hand side. To add it, right-click the shortcut you created and select either Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start.

add shortcut to Taskbar or Start

And for more on Windows 10 shortcuts, check out our article on creating a desktop shortcut to the Favorites folder. Or take a look at our article on how to create a shortcut to Device Manager.

1 Comment

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  1. John Rasmussen

    June 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Judging by the stated build version, this currently has reference only to as yet not generally available versions of Windows.

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