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How to Create a BitLocker Drive Encryption Shortcut in Windows 10

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You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one. You can still sign in to Windows and use your files as you normally would.

New files are automatically encrypted when you add them to a drive that uses BitLocker. However, if you copy these files to another drive or a different PC, they're automatically decrypted.

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a BitLocker Drive Encryption shortcut to manage BitLocker with in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Download a "BitLocker Drive Encryption" Shortcut
  • Option Two: To Manually Create a "BitLocker Drive Encryption" Shortcut



EXAMPLE: BitLocker Drive Encryption in Control Panel
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Create BitLocker Drive Encryption Shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Create BitLocker Drive Encryption Shortcut in Windows 10
To Download a "BitLocker Drive Encryption" Shortcut

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file below.

BitLocker_Drive_Encryption_shortcut.zip


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2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Unblock the .zip file..

4. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.








Create BitLocker Drive Encryption Shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Create BitLocker Drive Encryption Shortcut in Windows 10
To Manually Create a "BitLocker Drive Encryption" Shortcut

1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}

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3. Type BitLocker Drive Encryption for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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4. Right click or press and hold on the new BitLocker Drive Encryption shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

%windir%\System32\DxpTaskSync.dll

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7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You could use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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9. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.





That's it,
Shawn