from DS here again to show you how to quickly access the properties of your network interface cards via a custom desktop shortcut. In my
previous blog post
I put together a lovely “at a glance” reference to launching administrative and system tools from the command line and START – RUN. In Windows server 2008 and Windows Vista you might have noticed that it does require several extra mouse clicks to access the network properties dialog.
I recently overheard a colleague of mine raise his voice in anger, and while simultaneously shaking his fist at the sky he cried out “Why must I click four thousand times to get to this interface!?” I realized that NCPA.CPL may not be as easy to remember for others as it is for me. This (coupled with my colleague’s meltdown) compelled me to compose a quick blog on making a custom shortcut to access the network properties window.
On the desktop of your Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista machine right click –
Type the path to NCPA.CPL and click
Type a name for the shortcut.
You will now have a shortcut on the desktop which will take you directly to the network properties applet. Now you may change the icon which is currently the default for a .CPL file to an icon of your desiring.
Right Click on the new shortcut and select