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    Question Control Panel shortcut?

    Sorry all. I'm sure this has been asked a million times before, but I've spent the last couple hours perusing Google searches and this forum for "keyboard shortcuts", and can't find the answer to this specific question: Is there a Win + (some letter) to open the control panel?

    Thanks all;
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    Artie,

    Don't know of a Keyboard shortcut but you can set up a God Mode shortcut and assign your own key sequence to the shortcut. HTH
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    Win + Pause opens Control Panel\System, from which you can click Control Panel Home or All Control Panel Items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Artie,

    Don't know of a Keyboard shortcut but you can set up a God Mode shortcut and assign your own key sequence to the shortcut. HTH
    Yup. Found that in another thread during my search. That is a pretty cool trick, but I didn't know, (or forgot), about being able to set up my own keyboard shortcut to launch it. Thanks.

    Edit: Hmmm . . . now how do I do that?

    I found this link, but my machine doesn't have the "shortcuts properties" when I right-click and select properties.

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Win + Pause opens Control Panel\System, from which you can click Control Panel Home or All Control Panel Items.

    Bruce
    Found that one too, along with the alternate Win + U, to open the "Ease of access" panel, with CP in the upper left corner. Both of those work great. I guess I was trying to save one mo' click.

    Artie
    Last edited by artied2; 2014-12-26 at 16:37.

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    1. Right-click on desktop.
    2. Select New > Shortcut.
    3. Type control then click on the Next button.
    4. Type something like Control Panel for the name then press Enter.
    5. Right-click on the new shortcut (which should now have a Control Panel icon) and choose Properties.
    6. Click in the Shortcut key input box then press something like the left ALT and F3 buttons together.
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    7. Apply then OK the change to dismiss the Properties dialog.


    To test, just press the ALT+F3 buttons together.

    Hope this helps...

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    Artie,

    It's a little work around but it does work.

    1. Create your God Mode folder as specified in the link. {Make sure to store it in a folder other than the Desktop!}
    2. Navigate to the folder used above in File Explorer.
    3. Right-Click the God Mode Folder and select Send to Desktop. (Don't try to create the shortcut in the folder as the Key Combo won't work!)
    4. On the Desktop Right-Click the shortcut and select Properties.
    5. Tab down to the Shortcut Key field and press your desired key sequence. (I tested with Ctrl+Shift+G)
    6. Click Apply --> OK.
    7. Done.


    Test it!

    Once it is working you can move it to another folder to get it off your Desktop and it will still work.

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    artied2, just to verify, you posted the question in the Windows 7 section but I saw a reference to File Explorer which is part of Windows 8/8.1.

    In Win7 I've done it like RetiredGeek listed.
    Last edited by Berton; 2014-12-26 at 18:01.

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    Berton,

    The File Explorer was my reference. File/Windows Explorer it's all the same just different names...thanks MS!
    My solution will work for either Win 7/8. HTH
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    Let me try this guys. And yes, it's a Win 7 machine. Back shortly.

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