In Windows 10, due to the new Settings app, you need to perform many clicks before you can connect to a VPN server. In Windows 7 or 8.1, you could create a shortcut to your VPN connection and connect to it with just one click. But Windows 10 does not allow you this. Here is a workaround.
In Windows 7, you could quickly connect to VPN using the network flyout which appears from the system tray. VPN connections were listed in the Network pane and you could just double click them!
In Windows 8.1 too, you could click the Network icon in the tray, select the VPN connection and click Connect.
However, when you do the same in Windows 10, it shows a list of network connections inside the Settings app instead. Even in that list, when you click the connection's name, it shows an additional Settings page instead of a direct way to connect. Also, after connecting, you must close the Settings app. This is incredibly frustrating.
To save your time, you might want to create a shortcut to connect to a VPN directly. Here is how it can be done.
- Right click the Desktop and select New - Shortcut.
- In the shortcut target box, type or copy-paste the following command:
rasphone -d "VPN connection name"
- Set the desired icon and name for your shortcut.
Once you do this, just click this shortcut to connect to a VPN directly. You can pin it anywhere you want.
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