Make Windows Easier to Use with this One Simple Trick

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Microsoft developers have put a number of little switches and widgets into Windows to make their job easier. Among them is a little tip that’s been circulating around since the early days of Windows Vista: a collection of tools that is colloquially termed ‘GodMode’.

Windows GodMode

One of the common complaints levied at Windows from users of OS X is the scattered nature of the operating system’s flags and features. Instead of putting everything into one place, the OS often scatters various tools to unexpected regions of the platform. Sometimes, they’re only available if you’re savvy enough to type in arcane commands via command line, or at least through the Windows Run dialog.

Even if you do know where everything is, sometimes flicking through windows and menus to find the specific thing you need takes a lot of time. GodMode rectifies that by putting some useful and powerful features in one easy-to-access window. It’s a simple trick that you can hide anywhere you want, and even pin it to the taskbar for maximum efficiency.

Windows GodModeOn the Windows desktop (or inside of another directory’s Explorer window), right-click and select ‘New’, then click on ‘Folder’. This creates a new folder ready to be named. Rename (it should be ready to go by default, but if you’re having trouble renaming the folder, click to highlight it, then tap F2 on your keyboard) the folder to DTR Rocks.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

The folder icon changes to a picture typically reserved for Windows utilities and other system executables, which helps to differentiate from all the rest of the folders cluttering your machine. Double-click to open it like any other folder, and inside you’ll find links to dozens (and more!) of useful functions, all just a couple of clicks away.

One caveat: while the trick isn’t new, it’s not compatible with every version of Windows. Any Windows 7 installation should be okay, but if you’re running Windows Vista, stick to the 32-bit version: trying the trick on 64-bit versions might result in locking up your system. Users of Windows Server 2008 (32-bit only) can also join in on the fun. 

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