How-To Consolidate All Windows 7 Control Panel Items In One Window

Groovy Windows 7 News, Tips, Tricks, Articles, Suggestions, Reviews, Downloads, Updates, How-To, Tutorials, Questions, and AnswersThe Windows 7 control panel is the heart of many key Windows tasks.  Earlier we talked about how to make the new and complicated Windows 7 control panel easier to manage by switching it to list view. This time we’re going to create a “God Mode” or master-list so-to-speak which includes every possible task that the Windows 7 control panel has to offer.  And yes, ALL in one easy to use window.


How To Display Every Windows 7 Control Panel Task In A Single Window


Step 1

Right-Click the Desktop and Select New > Shortcut.

Windows 7 screenshot - how ot make a shortcut


Step 2

Copy and Paste explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} into the location box,  then Click OK.

Windows 7 screenshot -name the shortcut this crazy extension name


Step 3

Type in a name for your shortcut, such as “Master Control Panel.”

Windows 7 screenshot - master control panel!

Okay the shortcut is created, and it works, but let’s make it more ‘official looking.’


Step 4

Right-Click the shortcut and Select Properties.

Windows 7 screenshot - right click the shortcut and go into properties


Step 5

Click the Shortcut tab, then Click Change Icon.

Windows 7 screenshot - how to change icon for a shortcut


Step 6

In the white box Paste C:WindowsSystem32imageres.dll and Click the Control Panel icon.  Once you’ve found it, Click OK.

Windows 7 screenshot -how to find windows 7 default icons


Step 7

To keep it from cluttering up the desktop, Drag and Drop the shortcut onto the Start Menu Orb.  This action will pin it to the start menu for easy access from there.

Windows 7 screenshot -drag master control panel to start menu


Now when you access your newly created shortcut, it will display every possible task in the Windows Control Panel via a new window! You can separate the tasks by category headings for easy organization.  For best results, Change the view to Small Icons.

Windows 7 screenshot -all done, switch to small icons view


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  1. MikBed

    April 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm



    Cannot belive nobody has commented og “thankyou’ed” before.

    Well, now I have, at least..

    How do you figure out these things…

    I’ve enabled ‘Details view’, so that the view is entirely vertical, which I was looking for.

    Next would be the ability to search within only that page – I’ve now on display 295 elements ;-)


  2. john

    November 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Indeed. Most Awesome!

    Thanks, as always!


  3. Elvin Jensen

    August 17, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Brilliant, thank you! I’ve really disliked the “classic view” of the W7 control panel, yet I accepted it not knowing there was an alternative.

    • Steve Krause

      August 17, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Your very welcome! Welcome to the site.

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