What is God Mode for the Windows 10 Control Panel?

Windows GodMode

Sounds Almighty? God Mode is a special option long available in Windows that gives you quick access to most of the applets and commands from Control Panel. As such, God Mode is a useful time-saver that can spare you from having to hunt through different windows and screens to find the Control Panel command you want.

Since Microsoft no longer offers a convenient shortcut for Control Panel in Windows 10, God Mode can be a fast and easy way to access all of its core commands.

First, lets make sure you’re signed in to your Windows 10 computer with an account that has administrative privileges. By default, your own account should have the necessary rights.

This is for Windows 10 operating system

Checking Administrator Rights

To double-check:

  • Type Settings in the Cortana search bar
  • Click on Settings at the top of screen
  • Select Accounts
  • Select Your Info to make sure your account is designated as Administrator. See the below example:
God Mode Admin Rights
Administrator rights

Setup Folder Shortcut

  • Right click on an empty area of your Desktop/Laptop
  • Select New
  • Select Folder
  • Right click on the New folder and rename it to “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” without the quotes. Its best to copy and past this key into the Rename field. Note! There is a period after the word GodMode. See below image for an example:
God Mode Folder
God Mode folder name
  • Click or double click the icon to run

A window will open with all the accessible commands. The commands are organized by the Control Panel applet. You will see such commands as Administrative Tools, AutoPlay, Backup and Restore, and many more. See below screenshot for an example:

God Mode Commands
God Mode results

Some Tips

You can also Search for keywords using the Search box. Once you have located a command, double click to launch it. If you accidentally click the “X”next to the Search box, the Search will no longer be available.

Its best to leave the icon on the desktop. If you try to rename it, the God Mode may no longer work, especially in Windows 10.

You can click the More options drop down box to present a different view of the listing. In the following example, I have chosen to list the commands with a small icon in front of the command description.

God Mode with Small Icons
Displaying God Mode with small icons

I Would Like to Hear from You

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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