In Windows 10, Microsoft is moving everything from the classic Control Panel to the Modern app called "Settings". It has already inherited many options which were exclusively available in the Control Panel. If you prefer using the classic Control panel, you may be aware of a hidden "All Tasks" applet that lists all Control Panel items in a single view. Here's how to create a taskbar toolbar for the All Tasks applet, so all Windows 10 settings will be one click away from your mouse pointer.There is a way to access God Mode in Windows 10 with a shell command. Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard, and type the following in the Run box:
This will open the All Tasks folder, widely known as "God Mode". From there you can access all settings in Windows 10.
The taskbar in Windows 10 allows you to add toolbars. The following default toolbars are available out of the box:
Additionally, you can create new toolbars with the contents of a drive, folder, or network location of your choice.
We can use the latter option to create the "God Mode" toolbar showing the contents of the All Tasks applet.
Firstly, you need to download a folder with all the shortcuts that will be used as your toolbar source.
To Create All Tasks God Mode Toolbar in Windows 10,
- Download the following ZIP archive: Download the All Tasks ZIP archive.
- Unpack it to some convenient location of your choice. For example, c:\data\winaero\all tasks.
- With File Explorer, navigate to the parent folder (e.g. c:\data\winaero).
cmd.exein the address bar to open a new command prompt at this location.
- Type the following command:
attrib +r "All Tasks". After that, you'll get a Control Panel icon for the All Tasks folder in File Explorer.
- Close the command prompt.
- Now, right click on the taskbar and select Toolbar > New toolbar... from the context menu.
- Browse for the All Tasks folder and click on the Select folder button in the folder browser dialog.
- A new toolbar will be created, giving you fast access to all the administrative tasks in Windows 10.
You can further customize the toolbar by right-clicking on it and changing its options.
Customize the All Tasks Toolbar
First of all, right click on the taskbar and untick Lock the taskbar.
Now drag the All Tasks toolbar to the desired location using the two line bar which appears after your have unlocked the taskbar.
After that, right-click on the All Tasks toolbar and change the following options according to your preferences:
- Show title
- Show text
- View > Large icons
- View > Small icons
You are done.
Finally, if you want to remove the toolbar, do the following.
To remove the All Tasks toolbar,
- Right-click on the taskbar and untick Toolbars > All Tasks.
- Remove the folder that stores the shortcuts, e.g. c:\data\winaero\All Tasks.
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- How to enable Quick Launch in Windows 10
- How to make Quick Launch icons bigger in Windows 10
- Turn the Settings app into a God Mode folder in Windows 10
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