What if Windows allows you to quickly access administrative tools, backup and restore, and other important management options from a single window? If that sounds good, look no further than the so-called «God Mode».

What is God Mode?

No, God Mode doesn’t unlock any extra secret features in Windows and doesn’t let you make changes that you can’t do in the regular Windows interface. Instead, it’s just a special folder that you can enable that gives you access to most of the admin, control, settings, and Windows control panel tools in a single, easy-to-scroll interface.

And yes, you can also find a lot of these things by searching the Start menu, but for that, you need to know what you’re looking for to get started. The God Mode folder offers an easier way to browse and become familiar with 206 of these tools.

By the way, «God Mode» is just a popular name that some people call this special folder. You can name the folder anything you like, including How-To Geek Mode for example.

Here are the categories of tools you’ll find in God Mode:

  • Management tools
  • Autoplay
  • Backup and restore
  • Color Management
  • Credential Manager
  • date and time
  • Devices and printers
  • Ease of Access Center
  • Explorer options
  • File history
  • fonts
  • Indexing options
  • infrared
  • internet settings
  • keyboard
  • mouse
  • Center for Communications and Data Transfer
  • Pen and touch
  • Phone and modem
  • Meal options
  • Programs and features
  • Region
  • RemoteApp and desktop connections
  • Security and maintenance
  • Sound
  • Speech recognition
  • Storage spaces
  • Sync Center
  • system
  • Tablet PC settings
  • Taskbar and navigation
  • Troubleshooting
  • user accounts
  • Windows Defender Firewall
  • Windows Mobility Center
  • Working Folders

Each of these categories contains any number of tools and can even be split into additional sub-categories, which means you’re likely to find just about everything you’re looking for.

Enabling God Mode in Windows 10

For this to work, you must be using an account with administrator privileges. Go to your desktop and create a new folder by right-clicking any open area, pointing to «New» in the context menu, and then clicking the «Folder» command.

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Now rename the folder to the following:

  GodMode. {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} 

To use a name other than GodMode, simply replace «GodMode» in the text above with whatever you want to name the folder. The following characters (including the dot) must remain exactly as above. If you remove «GodMode» without adding text instead, you will get the following error.

a window with a warning about the need to enter a file name

Once you’ve renamed the folder correctly, you’ll notice that the folder’s icon will change to a Control Panel icon.

renaming the folder correctly changes its icon to the control panel icon

Double click the icon to open the newly created God Mode. The main categories are organized alphabetically, so you’ll find over 200 settings in these categories.

Explorer showing the tools in the

While it’s certainly handy for getting to know the official names of all Windows tools, you’ll probably find (as we did) that it’s faster to look them up via the Start menu. However, the God Mode folder offers a handy introduction to all the tools available and a great way to find things when you’re not entirely sure what they’re named.

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