Windows 10 is here, and it brings with it a plethora of settings that let you customize the platform to your liking. Annoyingly, these settings are scattered all around the operating system. Even the Control Panel doesn’t contain them all, and the Settings app just adds to Windows 10’s split personality. For a quick access to all Windows 10 settings, use God Mode.
Technically, it’s called the Windows Master Control Panel shortcut, but the more catchy “God Mode” name for the functionality has caught on. And it’s somewhat a fitting name: god mode is generally what gamers call a cheat that makes their game characters immune to damage, letting them progress through their video games without so much as a scratch. But instead of giving you invincibility in life, God Mode for Windows 10 simply gives you one handy location to access all settings of the operating system.
Note: While made specifically for Windows 10, this guide may also work for other versions of Windows, including 7, 8 and 8.1. You may need a user account with administrator privileges.
How to enable God Mode in Windows 10
Create a new folder: right-click an empty area in either an existing folder or the desktop, select New and then click Folder. Type (or copy-paste) the following as the name of the folder:
When you’ve done it right, the folder’s normal icon changes to a control panel icon right after you press Enter. Also, you should already find all the Windows 10 settings listed inside the folder when you open it. In our system, there are a total of 237 settings and tools in the list.
Note: You can actually use any name for the folder older than “God Mode.” Type whatever you want before the period, and the folder’s name shows as such afterwards.
If for some reason you cannot enable God Mode by creating a folder, create a shortcut instead: right-click an empty area in either any folder or the desktop, select New and then click Shortcut. When you are asked to type the location of the item to which the shortcut is pointing, type (or copy-paste) the following:
Click Next. Type a name for the shortcut, and press Finish. When you open the shortcut, the All Tasks folder (the other official name for God Mode) opens and contains all Windows 10 settings.
Have you ever noticed why the search function in the Start Menu sometimes displays system settings as part of the results? It’s because Windows looks up the All Tasks folder for settings that matches your search. That’s actually the reason why the folder exists. But by manifesting it into the God Mode folder, you don’t have to search each and every time for the settings–because, as we’ve already mentioned before, they’re listed in one handy location.
Some other tips
If you want to delete the God Mode folder, delete it as if it were a normal folder. System settings still appear in the Start Menu search results even when the folder has been deleted.
If you often use one of the settings in the God Mode folder, right-click it and select Create Shortcut to put a shortcut on the desktop.
You can pin the God Mode folder in the Start Menu.