Heaven Help Us


Q: I am new to Windows 7, and I really like the look and feel as well as the speed of the new operating system. However, I am apprehensive about learning to navigate another computer system. What can I do to learn the ropes as fast as possible?


A: The features and functions of Windows 7 are similar to those in Windows XP; therefore, you are already familiar with these settings and tools. The trick is learning how to navigate Windows 7’s redesigned menus. Microsoft constantly studies the way users interact with its operating system and strives to improve the system to make it easier to use, and that is a good thing. Unfortunately, this means we must periodically learn how to navigate a new system and figure out where the Windows settings and controls reside.


If you are willing to take on an advanced step, this tip may help. Microsoft has embedded a shortcut to all of the significant features and functions in Windows 7. Microsoft calls this GodMode. This mode is used internally by many Microsoft programmers and staff to quickly manage their Windows settings and controls.


To set up GodMode in Windows 7, create a new folder on your desktop by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting New, Folder. Next, give the new folder the following name:




You can change the folder’s name two ways, as follows. The easiest way to change the folder’s name is to select the text under the folder and type the new name. Or, if you prefer, right-click on the folder, select Properties from the dropdown menu, and under the General tab type a new name in the text box area next to the folder icon.


The folder will change in appearance from the default blank folder icon to the GodMode icon shown in the upper-left corner of the screen in the previous column.


Thereafter, when you double-click on the GodMode icon, a window will open containing a large collection of the popular controls, tools, features and functions in Windows 7, including all Control Panel Tools, Administrative Tools, Gadgets and much more. Because this window will allow you to view all the Windows 7 settings and controls in a single location, this might help you transition to Windows 7 a little easier. A portion of the GodMode window is shown below.


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