The 1st of Diduary: Did you know Windows 7 has a “God Mode?”

Today is the first day of Diduary. You can see links to all of the published articles in the series here.

If you’re running Windows 7, you’re probably familiar with the Control Panel. Over the years, the Windows Control Panel has changed a little, but not significantly. It’s always been groupings of functionality in a clear, well-organized system. Here’s a look through the last 10 years:

Windows XP’s Control Panel

Windows XP Control Panel

Windows Vista’s Control Panel

Windows Vista Control Panel

Windows 7’s Control Panel

Windows 7 Control Panel

This system has been in place for over a decade, and has worked relatively well. However, it’s designed for you to use it when you’re looking for something specific.

“My keyboard isn’t working, so I’ll go look in the hardware section for a fix.”

It’s not designed for the adventurous user, who just wants to know what they CAN change about their machine. Sure, there are “classic views” and the like, but most of those are just different categorizations. I want a list of every possible thing I can change in Windows 7.

It’s not really “God Mode”

You may have noticed that some people have called this “list of everything” as God Mode. You don’t have any more power than you did yesterday, you just have a new, complete list of everything you have the power to do. Make sense? I’m calling it Super Panel. here’s how you do it.

  1. Create a new folder on your computer.
     
  2. Rename the folder “SuperPanel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” without the quotes.
     
  3. Open the folder!

What you will find is a wonderfully long list of control panel features all in one place! (All you’re really doing is pointing to a registry entry, but I don’t recommend messing with your registry for other hacks unless you’re willing to rebuild your machine regularly.) Here’s what the Super Panel looks like (in the tallest image on the Internet):

This same format works for many other parts of your Control Panel as well. So, if you’ve ever wanted to create shortcuts on your Windows 7 Taskbar, but weren’t able to, here’s a list of all of the “canonical names” in your Control Panel that you can create a “Super Panel” type folder for.

9 thoughts on “The 1st of Diduary: Did you know Windows 7 has a “God Mode?”

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  5. Today is the first day of Diduary. You can see links to all of the published articles in the series here. If you're running Windows 7, you're probably familiar with the Control Panel.

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