How to Use God Mode or Master Control Panel in Windows 10?

Windows operating system has multiple ways to find the settings and apps on your computer. Starting from the Search box, you can use Start menu, Power User menu (Win Logo + x), taskbar and Control Panel to find what you are looking for. However, what about having a master control panel to have shortcuts to access apps / settings quickly. In fact, Windows 10 has a Master Control Panel and many people call it as a God Mode. Here is how you can access God Mode in Windows 10.

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How to Use God Mode in Windows 10?

So called Master Control Panel or God Model is a simple folder in Windows 10 that will quick access to frequently used tools, apps and settings.  

  • Login to your computer, as we have tested it works for both administrator and standard users.
  • Right click on the desktop.
  • Choose “New > Folder” option to create a new folder.
Create New Folder in Windows 10
Create New Folder in Windows 10

Copy and paste the following as the name of the new folder.

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

You can press F2 and rename the folder if required.

Create God Mode Folder
Create God Mode Folder

When you press enter, the new folder will change to a panel icon. You can see the icon similar to Control Panel.

Folder Change to Control Panel
Folder Change to Control Panel

That is it‼! You have create a Master Control Panel in Windows.

Some Points to Note

Though we call it as God Mode, it is just a reference name. You can use any name for the folder instead of the GodMode text. For example, all the below names will create the same Master Control Panel.

  • Panel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  • TestPanel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  • MasterPanel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
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However, you should use some text before the dot in the folder name; otherwise, Windows will throw an error showing “You must type a file name”. In addition, below are some facts on the God Mode folder:

  • After creating the panel, you cannot rename the folder. It will not show any name and show empty when you press F2 for renaming. Windows will not accept if you type different name, though there will be no error thrown.
  • You can create multiple folders to create many Master Control Panels.
  • It is not possible to create new folder or save file inside the Master Control Panel section.
  • You can delete the panels any time when you no longer need it.

Caution When Using

Well, you should be careful in not renaming any existing folder with content with the God Mode file name. Windows will not stop and change the existing folder to a master control panel. In this case, the icon will still show like normal folder icon. However, all existing content inside the folder will disappear. Though, you can see the files and folders in Windows Search, you will not be able to access them as the parent folder will open Master Control Panel and you can’t rename it.

You can press “Control + Z” to undo this action immediately to change the folder name and retrieve the content. Windows will refresh the desktop and show the old folder name with content.  

What Can You Do with God Mode?

Double click on the panel icon to open. It will have plenty of sections to categorize the tools and settings from different Windows sections. You can change the icon arrangement to use as per your favorite view like normal Control Panel.

Open God Mode Control Panel in Windows 10
Open God Mode Control Panel in Windows 10

Below are the sections, we can see in Master Control Panel that contains date / time settings to File Explorer options.

  • Phone and Modem
  • Power Options
  • Programs and Features
  • Region
  • RemoteApp and Desktop Connections
  • Security and Maintenance
  • Sound
  • Speech Recognition
  • Storage Spaces
  • Sync Center
  • System
  • Taskbar and Navigation
  • Troubleshooting
  • User Accounts
  • Windows Defender Firewall
  • Windows Mobility Center
  • Work Folders

Control Panel Vs God Mode Master Control Panel

When comparing with God Mode and default Control Panel, you will be surprised to see there will be no differences. In fact, Control Panel has a Configuration Manager that is not available in God Mode. Technically, God Mode is the same way of accessing Control Panel using the Global Unique Identifier (GUID) key. Windows assigns a Global Unique Identifier key for applications, which you can see in the registry editor.

  • Press “Win Logo + R” keys to open Run prompt.
  • Type regedit and hit enter to registry editor.
  • Navigate to “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\” section.
  • For Control Panel, you can see the GUID as {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.
  • We used this key in the name for creating the God Mode folder with the syntax as “name.key”.
  • It derives all the tasks of Control Panel as assigned in the registry editor.
Check Registry for Control Panel GUID
Check Registry for Control Panel GUID

You can navigate around in the registry editor and find similar GUID keys for My Computer, Recycle Bin, File Explorer, etc. Similar to God Mode folder, you can create replicated interface of these functions by creating a folder name with “name.key” format.

In addition, Master Control Panel or God Mode will be useful only if the option was previously enabled. Otherwise, you will be taken back to default Control Panel for enabling the settings. For example, click on the “Restore your files with Files History” option under “File History” section in Master Control Panel. If you did not enable File History before, you have to head back to default Control Panel to setup this. Therefore, you can use the God Mode only if you like the interface. Otherwise, default Control Panel is good to handle your work. This is applicable if you are creating

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