Add Secret Windows Tools (God Mode) to QuickLinks Menu (AutoHotkey Tip)

This Windows Trick Works in Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10

I first wrote about this hidden Windows technique years ago. You can find many references to it by searching the Web for the term “Windows God Mode” but I don’t know how many people make regular use of this feature.

Working with Windows 10, I’ve found that locating various Windows settings and tools has not gotten any less confusing. If anything, Microsoft made it worse by adding new, different system windows. I find myself digging through my computer looking for what used to work but now seems to have gone missing. Fortunately, you can access a straightforward (yet hidden) set of links to over 200 Windows tools and settings labeled with plain English action statements. Some people call it the “God Mode”, but I consider that too pretentious. I prefer simply “Windows Tools.” Once you set up a link to open this unique window, you can directly access numerous Windows features and settings with the simple double-click of an icon.

Windows Tools
This set of links to Windows tools (God Mode) consists of over 200 plain English links for accessing various features and setting in Windows.

You can further take advantage of this tools window by adding a keyword (e.g. mouse or network) to the search field in the upper right-hand corner—allowing you to filter the hundreds of options down to only a few.

Windows Tools Filtered
To narrow the options, use the Search field in the upper right-hand corner of the window.

You set up a link to these tools with a Windows folder creation trick. Simply create a new folder (right-click, New⇒Folder) and add the following name:

Windows Tools.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Depending upon your version of Windows, the new icon may or may not display the name in Windows (File) Explorer or the Desktop, but a double-click will open the set of Windows links.

Add Windows Tool to QuickLinks

I’ve added this cool utility to the QuickLinks.ahk script by first ensuring the availability of the QuickLinks/Tools folder:

IfNotExist, C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks\Tools\
    FileCreateDir, C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks\Tools\

Next, I use the AutoHotkey FileCreateDir command to create the secret folder in the QuickLinks/Tools folder. In this case, the script places a folder rather than a shortcut in the subfolder. (Note: I attempted to create a shortcut to this special folder but Windows wouldn’t allow it. Go figure.)

IfNotExist, C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks\Tools\Windows Tools.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  FileCreateDir, C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks\Tools\Windows Tools.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

The last piece of code appears in the Label subroutine MenuHander.

MenuHandler:
If A_ThisMenuItem contains Windows Tools
   {
     run, "C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks\%A_ThisMenu%\Windows Tools.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}"
   } 
Else
   {
     IfExist, C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks\%A_ThisMenu%\%A_ThisMenuItem%.url
         run, C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks\%A_ThisMenu%\%A_ThisMenuItem%.url
     Else
         run, C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks\%A_ThisMenu%\%A_ThisMenuItem%.lnk
   }
Return

I’ve added this Windows Tools feature to the latest version of QuickLinks.ahk.

Even though Windows might hide the name of the pseudo folder, it remains Windows Tools with the enigmatic extension. (Even when opening the Properties window for the folder only the special extension appears as the name—at least in Windows 10.) Calling the complete original name opens the Windows links folder.

You can even set up an AutoHotkey Hotkey for launching your special Windows Tools folder:

^6::Run, C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks\Tools\Windows Tools.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

(Note: Interestingly, when I attempted to break this single-line Hotkey with line continuation by splitting it just before the dot, the command broke. I found similar problems with the previous lines of code. This special folder seems to have a particular sensitivity to tampering with its name.)

You don’t need QuickLinks to take advantage of this feature. Create the special folder on your Windows Desktop, then add a Hotkey combination to one of your regular scripts:

^6::run, %A_Desktop%\Windows Tools.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

For many Windows users, this unique Windows Tools (God Mode) folder may act as an easy access to Windows settings and features. Tell a friend. They’ll think you’re a computer genius.

jack

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