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Enable Windows “God Mode” on the Desktop

Here is exactly how to get access to all of the most important Microsoft Windows 8 settings from a single Desktop location, using the so-called “God Mode.”

Microsoft Windows 8 has countless settings you can hack, tweak, and customize. Most of them are accessible via the Control Panel and other scattered locations throughout Windows. It can be time-consuming to locate them all, and the likelihood is that you will never remember where they all live. That means that many tweaks and hacks are far away, and some you will never even find.

There is a simple solution: Use what some people call “God Mode.” Despite its name, it is not really a separate mode. Instead, it is a hidden folder that gives you fast access to all those settings. All you have to do is bring it out of hiding and place it on the Desktop.

To make this done, right-click the Desktop and select New→Folder. Rename the directory GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The folder icon changes, and it has the name GodMode.

Remember: The “God.Mode” text is not what turns the folder into a special folder—it is the {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.You can use any text before the curly brackets you want. So if you wanted the folder to be called Fred.Folder, you could do that as well by renaming it like this: Fred.Folder{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. It would show up as FredFolder on the Desktop, but still have the same features.

Double-click the icon, and you will come to a folder that has many dozens of tweaks, settings, and hacks (See image below). They are organized by category, and you can expand or shrink each category by clicking the small triangle next to each. Each category displays a number next to it, showing how many settings there are.

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Some of the settings available in God Mode

To make a tweak or use any hack, double-click it. Sometimes you will follow a wizard, in other cases you will need to fill in dialog boxes, and in yet other cases you will be sent to the Control Panel or other Windows location to do the work.

More Tweak in God Mode folder

In the God Mode folder, you can create shortcuts to any of the items in the Quick Launch folder, in the Start Menu folder, and in the Power User Menu folder. That way They are always within easy reach

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