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Hidden Windows 7 Extras and GodMode Secrets

written by: Bruce Tyson•edited by: Brian Nelson•updated: 8/27/2010

Work smarter and faster by using hidden Windows 7 extras, GodMode, and other little known tips and tricks that can make your Windows experience more fulfilling and fun. Here you will learn about GodMode and other Windows 7 extras that will help you get the most out of Windows.

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    Windows 7 GodMode

    Ecstatic Windows power-users have enjoyed the discovery of a so-called Windows 7 GodMode that seems to be more fluff than substance, but still makes Windows 7 easier to administer. The Windows 7 God Mode puts all control panel menus in a single folder, making it faster and easier to change your Windows settings without switching between the standard applets. Enabling GodMode has become one of the most popular Windows 7 tips and tricks.

    Creating a godmode folder in Windows 7 is easy. All you have to do is create a new folder and name it "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}." You don't actually have to call it "GodMode:" as long as you have a period followed by the GUID, you can name your GodMode folder using any name you would like to use.

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    When you save this folder, you will notice that Windows assigns a special Control Panel icon to it, making it easy to spot in a Windows Explorer window..

    Next, double click the GodMode folder to open it. You now have approximately 281 configuration options available to you from a single screen. All the settings options are grouped by category, giving the user access to virtually all Windows 7 settings without having to load Control Panel or browse to other folders.

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    Granted that for some, GodMode should include more astounding features, but the power of having all your Windows controls at your fingertips in one window is very convenient. Now, let's move on to other hidden Windows 7 extras (primary), GodMode, and tips.

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    Get More from Your "Send To" Menu

    A normal Windows 7 "Send To" menu can be lacking in options. Here's an example of what it can look like when you ight click an icon and then choose "Send To" from the context menu. Please note that some of the options shown in the image do not come standard with Windows 7.

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    If you want to have more options for where to "Send To" your file, hold down the <Shift> key while right clicking on the same icon, and then choose the "Send To" option. Here's what you might get:

    windows7 04 Of course, at any time you can permanently add options to your "Send To" menu by opening your "Send To" folder and then dragging or pasting shortcuts to different folders and applications from other Windows Explorer windows. You can quickly open your "Send To" folder by typing "shell:sendto" into your Windows search field and then pressing <Enter>.

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    Use Hidden Windows 7 Themes

    Because Windows selects Windows 7 themes available to users based on their region, many of these resources remain locked away and unavailable for you to use. Making these themes available to you is another one of the many Windows 7 extras (primary), GodMode, and other little known tips and tricks that you can use to improve your Windows 7 experience. Here is how to do it.

    1. Open Windows Explorer and then click "Organize" and then click "Folder Search Options"

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    On the "View" tab of the "Folder Options" window, click the "Show hidden files, folders, or drives" option and then uncheck the "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder" and "Hide extensions for known file types" checkboxes (you should probably do this even if you do not want to see hidden Windows 7 themes).

    2. Now go to the folder: "C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT." Notice that these folders are categorized by country. double click on a folder that is different from your region and then click the "Theme" folder that you find inside. Double click the theme file inside and you will add it to your "Personalization" folder.

    3. When the "Personalization" folder opens, you will see that the theme from that region is now available to you for daily use.

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    Windows 7 extras (primary), GodMode, and Other Cool Stuff

    In this Windows 7 tutorial, you have seen just a few of the undocumented features of Windows that can make your life more productive and fun. Now that you have tried these, see what other cool tricks you can find that will make your Windows even better.

    Image Credits: Screen shots taken by Bruce Tyson

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    Sample contents.