Windows 11 features a simplified and clean user interface (UI) to make the user experience simple, effortless, and responsive. Microsoft redesigned everything from the Start menu to Taskbar to Settings from the ground up to make Windows 11 familiar yet different. The new Windows 11’s Settings was designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind.
The simpler and sleeker Windows 11’s Settings gets, the harder it is to find some of the advanced settings, most of which are buried under the nested categories of the Control Panel. Microsoft has been trying to get rid of Control Panel for a while and leave you with the settings app only. As a result, Microsoft is slowly moving more and more controls to the Settings app and making it difficult to gain access to the old Control Panel pages. However, advanced Windows users and developers, find these settings and controls are too limited.
If you have trouble finding a particular setting in Windows 11, then enabling God Mode will help you find almost any setting or control in Windows. God Mode gives you fast and easy access to all of Windows settings in one place. Enabling God Mode is a very easy process that can be done with few simple steps. Let’s see how to enable God Mode in Windows 11.
What is God Mode in Windows 11?
God Mode may sound like, it can give you powers to do some impossible things in Windows, but it not. It’s just a hidden folder that gives you access to more than 200 Windows administrative tools and settings in just one folder. Its actual name is the ‘Windows Master Control Panel’ shortcut.
God Mode feature was first introduced in Windows Vista and has been present in every version of Windows ever since, including Windows 11. Just enabling it doesn’t do anything, it just shows you all available settings in one window.
It offers lots of useful options for various tasks such as user accounts, creating and formatting disk partitions, creating System Restore points, changing battery settings, updating drivers, configuring the firewall, and much more.
God Mode saves you time from searching for controls in the Start menu or the settings that are scattered across several sections of the Control panel.
Enabling God Mode in Windows 11
To start with, you need to make sure that you’re signed in to an account with administrator privileges in your Windows 11 system. This process doesn’t work otherwise.
Next, create a new folder on an empty area of the desktop. To do that, right-click anywhere on the desktop, move your cursor over the ‘New’ option on the context menu, and then select the ‘Folder’ option from the submenu that appears.
This will create a new folder. Now, you need to rename the folder.
To do that, select the folder you just created and then right-click and select the ‘Rename’ option or select the folder and press the F2 function key.
Then, rename the new folder with the following unique code and press Enter:
You can copy and paste the code above into the text box to rename the folder. If you want, you can change the folder name – “GodMode” into anything you want, just replace the text “GodMode” with any other name. But make sure you don’t change anything else in the code (including the period after the name) or else an error would occur while naming it.
Once finished naming the folder, press Enter or simply click outside the folder to save the name. When you do that, the name will disappear as shown below.
When you refresh the desktop or enter and exit the folder, the folder’s icon will change into a Control Panel icon just like in the screenshot below. Now, you’ve successfully enabled ‘GodMode’ aka ‘Windows Master Control Panel’ on Windows.
Double-click on the folder to open it and you’ll notice more than 200 accessible settings and controls in there. As you can see, there are 200+ different settings and tools, organized into 33 different categories and alphabetically sorted, all in one place.
Note: You can create this GodMode folder anywhere on your computer, but it is better to create it on the desktop as it is easily accessible.
Using God Mode in Windows 11
GodMode makes it possible to access all the Control Panel applets and settings under one roof. To open a tool or setting, simply double-click on an entry or right-click on it and select ‘Open’.
When you open a setting, it will launch the corresponding applet window where you can access that setting.
If you are looking for a specific setting, simply type the keyword or term in the ‘Search’ field to find the related settings.
If there is a command or setting that you use often, you can create a shortcut to it and place it in desktop for easier access. To create a shortcut, all you need to do is right-click on a particular setting and then choose the “Create shortcut” option.
When you do that, Windows will show a warning that you can’t create a shortcut in the God Mode folder, so select the ‘Yes’ option to place the shortcut on your desktop instead.
By default, the tools inside the GodMode folder are organized into categories and within each category, the tools will be listed alphabetically. If you find the current arrangement of settings within the God Mode folder is difficult to browse through, you can change the structure of categories.
You can change how the settings are grouped together in the folder by right-clicking an empty area within the folder, selecting the ‘Group by’ option, and then choosing one of the grouping options from the submenu. You can choose between Name, Application, Keywords, Ascending, and Descending options.
For instance, if you select the ‘Name’ option from the ‘Group by’ submenu, all the settings will be displayed in one alphabetical list as shown below.
You can also change the sorting of the tools by right-clicking within the folder and choosing a different sorting order from the ‘Sort by’ submenu.
Sometimes, it is hard to navigate tools in a long list of text entries. It would be better if you can view the settings in clickable icons. You can change the view of the tools to Icons, List, Content, Tiles, and Details in the GodMode folder.
To change the view, right-click a blank area within the folder, go to the ‘View’ submenu, and then select one of the options. If you want to change the tools from text entries to clickable icons, then choose ‘Medium icons’ or ‘Large icons’ options. The other two icons options, ‘Extra Large icons’ and ‘Small icons’ are either too big or too small, so, we’re selecting the ‘Medium icons’ option here.
Disabling God Mode in Windows 11
Having all the Windows settings in one place has its own risks as you could accidentally change the settings that you want to change. So, if you decide that you longer want the GodMode, you can easily disable it by deleting the folder. Just right-click the God Mode folder icon on your desktop and choose the ‘Delete’ option at the top of the context menu. Alternatively, you can select the folder and press the Delete key or Shift+Delete keys on your keyboard.