Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stairway to Heaven

Many years ago, I was working a startup in Addis, LA and the process control technician explained to me the various titles for the operation’s staff.  At the top of the food chain was the title AAGLB.  I asked what it stood for.  The reply was “Almost A God-Like Being”.
So I was doing some Googling over the holiday weekend for Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts (I had some time to kill while I was smoking my ribs and brats). In addition to all the built-in, but little known keyboard shortcuts, I came across an interesting feature called GodMode.

GodMode (someone in Redmond has a sense of humor) is a searchable/clickable list of system tasks that automatically gets created when you create a very special folder on your Desktop named, you guessed it, GodMode.

Specifically, create a new folder on your Desktop and rename it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. You’ll see the icon change from the standard folder to one that’s typically associated with Control Panel. Double click on the folder and you’ll see the following:

Now you’ve got a fairly comprehensive, searchable list of system functions. Just double click on any one of them to run, or right click on one, create a shortcut, then edit the shortcut to give it a keyboard shortcut.  Hey, you're a AAGLB.