Windows Vista Tip: Quick way to access Network Connections


One of the things I've always enjoyed about Windows 2000 -> Windows XP -> Windows Vista is that no matter how much the UI changes, some shortcuts just seem to stay around allowing me to quickly navigate around the system.  One that has survived is right clicking on My Computer and then selecting "Manage" - which takes you to an MMC console with most of the commonly used snap-ins pre-loaded.  However, one I used a lot more has disappeared.  I used to to right-click on the "My Network" shortcut in the start menu and select "Properties".  That would take me to the network connections wizard.  In Vista it takes me to the Network and Sharing Center screen (possibly helpful for my Dad, but not what I was after).Network and Sharing Center

From the dialog, you can press "Manage network connection" and it takes you to the good old network connections dialogNetwork Connnections dialog in Windows Vista

However, I wanted a quick way to access this from my keyboard, so I used a tactic I've found I've been doing a lot with Windows Vista - I create a shortcut to it that I placed in my Programs menu.  The trick was to find the control panel file responsible for this dialog.  After a bit of digging I tracked it down to be "%SystemRoot%\System32\ncpa.cpl".

Here is a screenshot of my shortcut settings in case you want to do the sameNetwork Connection shortcut settings


A better way is to navigate to where you want to be, right click the last item in the address bar (i.e. Network Connections) then copy shortcut and past onto desktop or wherever . . .

Excellent tip! thanks

This is AWESOME! Thanks for posting this solution. Now I feel back at home!

Thanks again

awesome. It would be better if there's a way to get network connection to appear in the menu item after right clicking on the network icon in the taskbar... just like in the good old days..

Hello sir,
Can I use this content for educational purpose?
Pls do the needful.



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