Windows Shortcuts

Posted by Amit Sharma under Windows

We all know a few or every available Shortcuts in Windows. Mainly they are “Windows Key” + other keys

But we need more (humans are always greedy:D) lol

Not just greedy, some people are lazy too, like me and don’t even want to do more than a few clicks. Without clicks, one can not use Windows, we don't type commands (some of us do) here but we just click and click…..

For all the people like me who don't want to Click on “Start Button” –> “Settings” –> “Control Panel” –> “Add Remove Programs” just to see/uninstall a program, we can have following shortcuts on our desktop/quick launch toolbar instead which will solve the same purpose in one click.

Right click on empty area of Desktop and select New and then Shortcut

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you will get following screen where you can get your customized Shortcuts

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if you read in the snapshot, you’ll notice six different kinds of shortcuts can be created. We’ll go for Local shortcuts, simply by pasting one out of following commands in Browse box

Add/Remove Programs

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,0 used in example

Content Advisor

RunDll32.exe msrating.dll,RatingSetupUI

Control Panel

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL

Delete Temporary Internet Files:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8

Delete Cookies:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2

Delete History:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1

Delete Form Data:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16

Delete Passwords:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32

Delete All:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255

Delete All + files and settings stored by Add-ons:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

Date and Time Properties

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl

Display Settings

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,3

Device Manager

RunDll32.exe devmgr.dll DeviceManager_Execute

Folder Options - General

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 0

Folder Options - File Types

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_Options 2

Folder Options - Search

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 2

Folder Options - View

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 7

Forgotten Password Wizard

RunDll32.exe keymgr.dll,PRShowSaveWizardExW


RunDll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState

Internet Explorer’s Internet Properties dialog box.

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,ConBring up trol_RunDLL Inetcpl.cpl,,6

Keyboard Properties

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL Inetcpl.cpl,,6

Lock Screen

RunDll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

Mouse Button - Swap left button to function as right

Rundll32 User32.dll,SwapMouseButton

Mouse Properties Dialog Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @0,0

Map Network Drive Wizard

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL Connect

Network Connections

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL ncpa.cpl

Organize IE Favorites

Rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,DoOrganizeFavDlg

Open With Dialog Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL Any_File-name.ext

Printer User Interface

Rundll32 Printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /?

Printer Management Folder.

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL PrintersFolder

Power Options

RunDll32.exe Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL powercfg.cpl

Process Idle Tasks

rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

Regional and Language Options

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL Intl.cpl,,0

Stored Usernames and Passwords

RunDll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr

Safely Remove Hardware Dialog Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll

Sound Properties Dialog Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL Mmsys.cpl,,0

System Properties Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL Sysdm.cpl,,3

System Properties - Advanced

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,4

System Properties: Automatic Updates

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,5

Taskbar Properties

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1

User Accounts

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL nusrmgr.cpl

Unplug/Eject Hardware

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

Windows Security Center

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL wscui.cpl

Windows - About

RunDll32.exe SHELL32.DLL,ShellAboutW

Windows Fonts Installation Folder

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL FontsFolder

Windows Firewall

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL firewall.cpl

Wireless Network Setup

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL NetSetup.cpl,@0,WNSW

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on next windows, provide a name to your Shortcut

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Hurray!!! we are done icon smile Windows Shortcuts

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You can always go to the Properties of this newly created Shortcut and put your Favorite Icon to make it jazzy.

You can drag this shortcut to your Quick Launch Toolbar and add it there.

Same way shortcuts can be created for Network Programs, Files, Folders, Computers or Internet Addresses.

Hope you’ll find it helpful

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  1. where did you learn this from? Thanks for the helpful tips. It will save me a few microseconds of my daily life.

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