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    Shortcut to Add/Remove Programs

    Hi there,

    I thoght like me, many of you (especially readers of this list) might find going all the way to Start | Settings | Control Panel | Add / Remove Programs tiresome and having a shortcut to Add / Remove programs may prove handy. Maybe there is a cleaner way to do this, but it does the trick for me. I'm using Windows XP.

    1) Browse your way to C:Windowssystem32
    2) Right click on appwiz.cpl | Copy
    3) Go to the folder of your preference (eg. Desktop), right click on an empty area | Paste shortcut.
    4) [Optional] Rename the resulting file to give it a more meaningful name (eg. "Remove Apps").
    5) [Optional] Place the shortcut on your Quick Launch Toolbar.

    Note: you can fire up the wizard directly with
    Start | Run | appwiz.cpl
    (if you're about as lazy as me you can go to the Run prompt directly by typing Windows Key + r; what becomes really uncomfortable is having to type not only the ugly "appwiz" but also the ".cpl" part, as opposed to beautiful "Winword" that suffices to launch MS Word -- there's where the real utility of the shortcut shows)

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    Re: Shortcut to Add/Remove Programs

    You could also just place a shortcut that you dragged from the control panel onto your desktop, or even a batchfile 'Start C:WindowsSystem32appwiz.cpl'
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    Re: Shortcut to Add/Remove Programs

    You can also use the right-click>Send To>Desktop (create shortcut) method to do this.
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    Re: Shortcut to Add/Remove Programs

    Hi Danny,

    My first approach was writing a batch file, but I'm nearly batch-illiterate. My attempts were

    ~~~~ First try:
    <code>C:WindowsSystem32appwiz.cpl</code>
    Result: it's annoying that the command prompt window stays there.

    ~~~~ Second try:
    <code>@echo off
    C:WindowsSystem32appwiz.cpl</code>

    Result: the window is still there, although it's now clear. I <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> thought of a shortcut and quitted batching.

    The "Start" command does what I wanted to do, thanks!
    And I didn't know I could drag from the Control Panel either <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Shortcut to Add/Remove Programs

    Yes, it's another alternative. In my case I've removed the Desktop shortcut from the SendTo folder, but it would have been useful for this.
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    Re: Shortcut to Add/Remove Programs

    yet one more alternative.

    In Win XP, I have the Control Panel on my Start Menu showing its own submenu - kind of like the All Programs menu and its submenus. I believe this is an option in versions of Win before XP also.

    When I right click on Add/Remove, I get a 3-item menu that includes "Create Shortcut". When I click on that, I get a dialog box that says the shortcut already exists but would I like a shortcut on the Desktop instead. Button choices are Yes or No. If I pick Yes,...

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