Simplify common MMC actions with taskpads in Windows 2000 Pro

Windows 2000 includes the Microsoft Management Console, which allows you to create management and admin tools within a single, familiar GUI. Discover how to create a taskpad for an MMC console snap-in, thus providing you with quick access to a set of commonly-used actions in a graphical format.

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) provides a common framework for IT pros to create management and administration tools within a single, familiar GUI. Microsoft designed the MMC to allow users to customize the interface as well.

You can create taskpads that present a set of commonly-used actions in a graphical format, giving you quick access to these actions. For example, you might add a taskpad view to the Event Viewer to give you quick access to the commands for saving a log file, clearing the log of all events, and so on.

Follow these steps to create a taskpad for an MMC console snap-in:

  1. Go to Start, Run, and enter MMC to start the MMC.
  2. Select Console, Add/Remove Snap-In, and add the snap-in(s) you want included in your custom console.
  3. Select Action, New Taskpad View to start the New Taskpad View wizard, and then click Next.
  4. In the Taskpad Display page, choose the way you want the information displayed in the taskpad, whether it's Vertical List, Horizontal List, or No List. Also, choose how you want task descriptions listed in the taskpad, and then click Next.
  5. In the Taskpad Target page, specify whether you want the taskpad to apply to all tree items of the same type or only to the selected branch (such as all event branches in the Event Viewer, or only a specific branch such as System).
  6. Specify a name for the taskpad. (The name appears on the taskpad's tab.) Then, click Next and Finish to complete the New Taskpad View wizard and start the New Task wizard.
  7. In the New Task wizard, choose the menu command, shell command, or navigation task you want to add to the taskpad. At the end of the wizard, you have the option of running the wizard again to add additional tasks.
  8. After you customize the console, you can add other consoles and customize them as well. When you're satisfied with the results, choose Console, Save As, and save the console with a new name.

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