Network Connections Shortcut

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How to Create a "Network Connections" Shortcut in Vista
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This will show you how to create a shortcut to the Network Connections folder to quickly see all of your internet, network, or other computer connections made by your network adapter(s).
How to Create a "Network Connections" Shortcut in Vista


information   Information
This will show you how to create a shortcut to the Network Connections folder to quickly see all of your internet, network, or other computer connections made by your network adapter(s).
Note   Note
When you install a network adapter in your computer, Vista creates a connection for it in the Network Connections folder. A Local Area Connection is created for an Ethernet network adapter. A Wireless Network Connection is created for a wireless network adapter.
EXAMPLE: Network Connections folder window
NOTE:
This is the window that will open when you click on this shortcut to see all of your network adapter(s) connections.
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OPTION ONE
To Create Shortcut Through Network Connections

1. Right click on the Network icon in the Notification area and click on Network and Sharing Center. (See screenshot below)​
A) Go to step 3.​
Network_Icon.jpg


OR
2. Open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click on the Network and Sharing Center icon.​
3. Click on the Manage network connections link in the left green pane. (See screenshot below)​
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4. Left click and hold on the little icon in the far left of the Windows Explorer address bar. (See the icon boxed in red in the screenshot below)​
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5. Drag the icon to a empty space on the desktop and release the left mouse button. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can also right click on a connection and click on Create Shortcut, then click on Yes to create it on the desktop.​
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6. This is your new Network Connections shortcut. Move it to where you like for easy use.​






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "Network Connections" Shortcut

1. Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on New and Shortcut.​
2. Copy and paste either location below, and click Next. (See screenshots below)​
NOTE: You can type either one of these options. It's your choice for which one you wish to use, but they will both open the Network Connections folder.​
C:\Windows\System32\ncpa.cpl
OR
explorer.exe ::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
Option1.jpg
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3. Type in Network Connections for the name of the shortcut and click Finish. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can type any name that you wish though.​
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4. Right click on the new Network Connections shortcut, on the desktop, and click on Properties.​
5. Click on the Shortcut tab and click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below.​
Properties.jpg

6. Click on the Browse button and scroll down a bit and click on netshell.dll (netshell) and click on Open. (See screenshot below step 7)​
7. Select the icon boxed in blue in the screenshot below and click OK.​
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8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5)​

That's it,
Shawn




 
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