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How to create a custom folder to access the Windows 10 GodMode tools you need

Don't settle for GodMode overload in Windows 10 when a few shortcuts will do. Follow these steps to build your own custom toolset.

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Image: iStockphoto.com/Maxim Zarya

Image: iStockphoto.com/Maxim Zarya

You may have heard that Windows 10 GodMode is the best thing since sliced bread because it provides access to every single configuration tool within the operating system. While that may be true, in my opinion, the almighty GodMode folder is greatly overrated. Why commit yourself to a configuration overload when you can get just those configuration tools you want with a few simple customizations?

In this article, I'll discuss GodMode in Windows 10 in a bit more detail. Then, I'll show you my alternative solution to getting just those configuration tools you need.

Invoking GodMode

Invoking GodMode in Windows 10 is a pretty simple task. To begin, right-click on the desktop and select New | Folder. When you are prompted to rename the new folder, enter the following string:

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

(It's easiest to copy and paste the string.) As soon as you press [Enter], Window 10 will compile the list of configuration tools and place them in that folder. When you open the folder, you'll find a plethora of configuration tools, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Figure A

When you invoke the GodMode folder, you'll see a huge number of configuration options.

I've magnified and highlighted the number of items in the GodMode to make my point. There are 230 items in this folder. I disabled the Navigation pane and changed the view to small icons to make it easier to see them all. While I didn't do so for my screen shot, I could bring a few more of the items into view by maximizing the window but still not see them all.

The GodMode feature does conveniently categorize the items, and in the small icons view you can collapse the categories, as shown in Figure B. But there are still too many (39 to be exact) to fit on the screen, even if you maximize the folder window.

Figure B

Figure B

Narrowing the GodMode folder down to just the categories is still too much.

No matter how you cut it—for me anyway—GodMode by itself is simply overload. You could spend an eternity tracking down the one configuration tool that you need.

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Creating a custom configuration tools folder

A better way to go about getting quick and easy access to the configuration tools you need most often is to create your own configuration folder and then create shortcuts in that folder to those GodMode tools you most often. It may take a bit more work upfront, but the end result will be easier to use.

To begin, you'll create a folder (right-click on the desktop and select New | Folder). Then, name the new folder to something more to your liking. Open both your new folder and the GodMode folder and use the Snap feature to position them side by side, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C

Figure C

Using the Snap feature makes creating shortcuts in your folder easy.

Now, go through the items in the GodMode folder and try to identify the ones you're most likely to use. (Alternatively, you can selectively open items until you find those you want.) Just drag a desired item from the GodMode folder to your folder and Windows 10 will create a shortcut to that item. If you want, you can rename the shortcut with a name that means something to you. As you build your custom configuration options folder, you can change the view to large icons (Figure D) so you can quickly find the tools you need most.

Figure D

Figure D

Changing the view to use large icons is helpful.

Important note

You will work from your custom folder rather than the GodMode folder, but don't delete it. Since the items in your folder are shortcuts to the items in the GodMode folder, they depend on the existence of the GodMode folder. So just close the GodMode folder and move it somewhere safe.

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About Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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