Make Control Panel Applets More Accessible

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Works with:
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Windows Me
Windows 98
Windows 95

When you open the Control Panel, you are presented with a few dozen icons allowing you to control many aspects of the Windows environment. Here is a tip that not only makes these Control Panel Applets more quickly accessible, but allows you exclude the ones you don't want, and add your own custom icons:

Solution #1:
Open Control Panel and Explorer.
Make a new folder directly underneath the Start Menu called "Control Panel".
Select some or all of the icons in Control Panel, and drag them into this new folder.
Windows will make a shortcut to each icon you drop into the folder, forming a new menu right off the Start Menu.
Not only can you rename or remove any of the entries you wish, but you can add non-Control Panel items to the list, such as the Volume Control and Dial-up Networking (which should have been in the Control Panel in the first place).


Solution #2 (Windows Me/2000/XP only):

Select Settings in your Start Menu, and then select Taskbar & Start Menu.
In Windows Me and Windows 2000, choose the Advanced tab, and turn on the Expand Control Panel option. In Windows XP, choose the Start Menu tab, choose Classic Start Menu, and click Customize.
Now, the Control Panel menu (in Settings) will display a list of its contents, rather than just opening a separate window.


Solution #3:
Create a new folder in your Start Menu, and name it "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
This has the same result as the above, except that it is automatic, and you can't change its contents.


You can also do the same with the following virtual folders:
Dial-Up Networking.{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}
Printers.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
Inbox.{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
My Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Recycle Bin.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
Network Neighborhood.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Desktop.{00021400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
Briefcase.{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}
Fonts.{BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}
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This is pretty cool for if there is something you always goto alot. That way you do not always have to goto the control panel for everything. Very nice :)
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already have that ... but kewl anyhow.

was wondering if you could show me how to get rid of the 'Help'
on the start menu ?
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yup...good but I already knew. thx ;)
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Steen wrote:
already have that ... but kewl anyhow.

was wondering if you could show me how to get rid of the 'Help'
on the start menu ?


Start the Registry Editor
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
Right-click an open area in the right pane and select New > DWORD Value
Name it NoSMHelp
Double-click this entry and give it a value 1
Exit RegEdit and restart Windows
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UNFLUX wrote:
yup...good but I already knew. thx ;)


yes but did you have it memorized? hehe a handy little reference :0)
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Thanks Gadget.

I had previously looked in the policies.
guess I was looking for one to turn off rather then one to create to disable.

gonna make the entry tonight.

I don't need no help ... < punt >

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