Meeting Notes 2010-01-17 WinSIG

The following items were covered at the Windows SIG January 17, 2010.

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From http://www.appscout.com/2010/01/god_mode_in_windows_7_is_reall.php

"God Mode" in Windows 7 Is Really "All Tasks"

Q: Suddenly I'm hearing a lot about some kind of "God Mode" in Windows. I know what that means in games, but I can't make sense out of it as a Windows thing. Is it real? Is it good for anything?--Mansfield Skaess.

A: The correct name for this feature is "All Tasks." Apparently, one of the Windows 7 beta editions made this feature visible to users, but Microsoft later pulled it back into the shadows.

The "All Tasks" folder lists over 250 settings from various Control Panel applets and system settings dialogss in a tree-structured list, organized by the application associated with each setting. To enable the All Tasks feature on your Windows 7 PC, simply create a new folder and name it
Anything.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}, replacing "Anything" with whatever text you choose. You'll notice that the folder icon changes to an image of a control console. Opening this folder displays that lengthy list of settings. PCMag's Larry Seltzer reports that this technique also works in Vista.[Others seem to be finding that using it in Vista causes problems. Best not to try this in Vista, then. If you proceed anyway and run into trouble, reboot into Safe Mode and delete the special folder. -njr]

The great thing about this list is the substantial collection of keywords associated with each setting. You can search on a keyword like "menu" or a phrase like "bring back" and thereby trim the list to show only settings that relate in some way. This is a lot easier than guessing which Control Panel applet or settings dialog controls the feature you're looking for!

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