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How to Enable God Mode in Windows 11 or 10

God mode on Windows 11
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The newer and shinier Windows' UI gets, the harder it is to access its most advanced (and often important) settings. Windows 11, like Windows 10 before it, tries to guide you into the new, modern looking Settings menu while burying but not eliminating the old-fashioned Control Panel, which still houses a lot of important options. 

Even if you launch the Control Panel, you may have trouble finding the particular setting you're looking for. For example, to change your environment variables (which affect what apps you can launch from any directory via the command line), you need to go to Settings->System->About->Advanced System Settings or Control Panel->System->Advanced System Settings and then click on the Environment Variables button. 

The good news is that you can see a complete list of direct shortcuts by turning on "God Mode," or, more accurately, creating a God Mode folder. Sadly, this "God Mode" is not as powerful as the ones you find in video games where you can walk through walls, be invincible or get every weapon. But God Mode in Windows 11 or Windows 10 can get you to your printer or Bluetooth settings in a single click. Here's how.

How to Enable God Mode in Windows 11 or 10

1. Right click on the desktop and select New->Folder.

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2. Name the folder as follows:

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

Name the folder

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The name will disappear once you are finished.

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3. Open the folder. You'll notice a more than 200 settings menus to choose from, organized into categories such as Security and Maintenance and Power Options.

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4. Drag and drop individual shortcuts to the desktop if you want even quicker access. For example, if you want one-click access to the "Manage audio devices" menu, drag it onto the desktop and and you'll have a dedicated shortcut there.

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Note that the folder icon for the God Mode folder may change its icon at some point, perhaps after you reboot. We found that it looks like it does in the screen shot below.

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Whatever it looks like, the God Mode folder is a real time-saver. 

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch is Tom's Hardware's editor-in-chief. When he's not playing with the latest gadgets at work or putting on VR helmets at trade shows, you'll find him rooting his phone, taking apart his PC or coding plugins. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram developed many real-world benchmarks, including our laptop battery test.
  • Black V
    Oh god, this again.

    Just like xp and vista and 8 and 8.1 and 10
    It's just a shortcut to a bunch if settings.

    ALL of which you can access from the control panel. Still.

    It's not god mode
    Reply
  • Carlos Enrique
    Black V said:
    Oh god, this again.

    Just like xp and vista and 8 and 8.1 and 10
    It's just a shortcut to a bunch if settings.

    ALL of which you can access from the control panel. Still.

    It's not god mode
    How you dare to write that, you hater...oh, you're right. That "god" mode is not a big deal.
    Reply
  • trance77
    Thanks, didn't know about this, should come in handy.
    Reply
  • excalibur1814
    " Settings->System->About->Advanced System Settings

    -Right Click Windows 11 Start button.
    -System.
    -Advances System Settings.

    Hardly hidden. :)
    Reply
  • Mandark
    The god mode stuff is useless all you have to do is use the search to find anything you want. It takes longer to look through that horrendously long list
    Reply
  • Geef
    Logs into Win 11, enables god mode and restarts computer.

    Hears a short chorus from old movies when a god shows up, instead of normal Windows startup noise.
    Reply