Quickly Manage Network Adapters In Windows 7 [How-To]

Add A quick way to access the network connections in Windows 7 [How-To]

Since upgrading to or Vista from Windows XP, one thing I’ve missed is the ease of accessing and configuring your Network Adapters/Connections settings.  You know, enabling a NIC or configuring an adapter for a static IP, etc. – sure you can still get there by navigating through the Network and Sharing Center. But the extra clicks do get old fast if managing your network adapters is something you often do.

Tonight I’m going to show you a quick shortcut so you can go back to accessing your Network Connections in one smooth single motion, just like in the old XP days.


How To Quickly Open Your Network Connections List in Windows 7 or Vista


1.  Click the Start Orb (Menu) and then Type ncpa.cpl in the search box.  Press Enter or Click the ncpa.cpl program link that appears.

how to type in the path to open up the network connections control panel

Whew, that was quick!  Typing in ncpa.cpl every time, however, is still a bit of a pain so let’s make a shortcut to do it for us.

the control panel network connections window in windows 7


2.  Right-Click anywhere on the desktop.  On the context menu Click New > Shortcut.

right-click the desktop to create a new shortcut


3. In the Create Shortcut window, Type c:windowssystem32ncpa.cpl as your item location.  Click Next.

use c:windows system32ncpa.cpl as your file path to quickly open network connections


4.  Name your shortcut, then Click Finish.

make your quick open shortcut easily by naming it


5.  Drag the Network Connections shortcut from the Desktop to the Start Orb (Menu) and release the mouse to Pin it.

drag the shortcut from the desktop to the start menu for network connections in windows 7 easy access


All done!


Now you can easily access your network connections from a single click on the start menu.  Not something the average user will need most likely but for the groovyGeeks out there, a definite improvement over the standard process!

start menu with Network Connections shortcut added



  1. enkay

    February 28, 2010 at 2:24 am

    A quicker way to do the same is….open the network connections, then from the address bar click and drag the icon on the taskbar, or like I have the control panel icon pinned to my taskbar…drag it over the control panel icon and it’ll to control panel.

    Thats when you right click over the control panel icon it will show network connections.

    • MrGroove

      March 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      @Enkay – Very slick. I’ll have to update the article to demonstrate this as another way to PIN it to the Taskbar. Thnx

  2. Randy Spencer

    November 29, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    I have been doing this the hard way for so many years, Now THAT I AM IN THE LATTER PART OF MY SERVICE LIFE, I was tickled to se this easy way to get to my network screen. Thanks so much…

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