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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       07 Aug 2017 #30

    NumbNuts said: View Post
    Put an ampersand '&' in front of the P in the shortcut filename e.g. "Control &Panel" in %LocalAppdata%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group2. Restart explorer and you should have the shortcut key back.

    I've tried changing other shortcut keys but they don't seem to work but the control panel one does.

    Hello NumbNuts, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Thank you. Tutorial updated to include this now for the Control Panel item.
    Last edited by Brink; 08 Aug 2017 at 07:00.
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  2.    08 Aug 2017 #31

    Thanks for that NumbNuts it worked a treat for Control Panel. :)
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  3.    08 Aug 2017 #32

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello NumbNuts, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Thank you. Tutorial updated to include this now for the Control Panel item.
    If exist a list of shortcuts for default win-x entries
    (like custom [win-x + c] for control panel in 1703)
    would be nice to see it here.

    the letters are not underlined in win-x menu.

    c
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       08 Aug 2017 #33

    Hello C, :)

    Screenshot of Win+X added to the examples at the top of the tutorial to help.

    You normally won't see the underlined letters for the shortcut keys unless you press the Win+X keys to open the menu.
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  5.    10 Aug 2017 #34

    If the object is to get to Control Panel quickly, Win + Pause/Break followed by the Back key is good. If the Break key is separate or absent, it will normally then be the Pause key itself instead. Of course on many laptops to engage the Pause key pressing Fn is necessary.

    So that's (at worst): Win + Fn + Pause, then Back.

    Scarcely more complicated than: Win + X, then P (though use of the Back key makes the former seem oddly indirect).
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  6.    10 Aug 2017 #35

    ragaman said: View Post
    If the object is to get to Control Panel quickly, Win + Pause/Break followed by the Back key is good. If the Break key is separate or absent, it will normally then be the Pause key itself instead. Of course on many laptops to engage the Pause key pressing Fn is necessary.

    So that's (at worst): Win + Fn + Pause, then Back.

    Scarcely more complicated than: Win + X, then P (though use of the Back key makes the former seem oddly indirect).
    if you want a more simplified mode
    you can use by example
    [Win + X, then X]
    if you only rename the .lnk filename from [Control &Panel] to [Control Panel e&X]

    c
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       24 Aug 2017 #36

    Thanks Brink .
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       24 Aug 2017 #37

    ariefpizzuti said: View Post
    Thanks Brink .
    I'm glad it could help. :)
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  9.    16 Aug 2018 #38

    I understand that this thread is rather old but I was having this problem with a brand new laptop that my wife just got for me... I decided to use this simple suggested BAT file (code) to complete the task. BUT, my grand-kids use this laptop for their home schooling classes (and they are far FAR computer savvy than I am) and they don't like that the shortcut says "Settings" but goes to the "Control Panel" (which I wanted)... I should have just used "Brink's" tutorial and zip file to begin with (I never go wrong following his updates and fixes)!!! How can I "UNDO" what the BAT did? Thanks in advance for any help... Papa Bill a.k.a. bulldog89801 ...
    drfsupercenter said: View Post
    Possibly grave-digging, but I CAN confirm that this one works on the newest build (1703, "Creator's Update").

    I even wrote a batch script to do this entirely self-contained without needing any files downloaded - just copy and paste in Notepad, name it go.bat or anything ending in .bat and run it.

    Nifty little trick that uses the built-in certificate encoding/decoding engine so I can just embed the data inside. Shortcut data comes from a clean install of 1607, the last one to keep the legacy control panel in WinX.

    Code:
    @echo off
    (
    echo -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
    echo TAAAAAEUAgAAAAAAwAAAAAAAAEaAAwACAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAJMAAAAJAACgLQAAADFTUFPiilhG
    echo vEw4Q7v8E5MmmG3OEQAAAAAAAAAAEwAAAAAAAAAAAAAALQAAADFTUFNVKEyfeZ85
    echo S6jQ4dQt4dXzEQAAABIAAAAAEwAAAAEAAAAAAAAALQAAADFTUFN7LY370ZA0Tr9g
    echo bqwJkiu/EQAAAAIAAAAAEwAAAMXWDYUAAAAAAAAAABQDAAABAACgJXdpbmRpciVc
    echo c3lzdGVtMzJcY29udHJvbC5leGUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAlAHcAaQBuAGQAaQByACUAXABzAHkAcwB0AGUAbQAzADIAXABj
    echo AG8AbgB0AHIAbwBsAC4AZQB4AGUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    echo AAAAAAAAAA==
    echo -----END CERTIFICATE-----
    )>shortcut.tmp
    certutil -decode shortcut.tmp "4 - Control Panel.lnk" >nul
    del shortcut.tmp
    move /y "4 - Control Panel.lnk" "%LocalAppdata%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group2"
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       16 Aug 2018 #39

    Hello Bulldog, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you like, you can follow the steps in the tutorial to undo that and use what you wanted instead.
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