Windows 10 Hidden shortcut musings

Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
#1
I was bored and decided to look at the GodMode shortcut. For those of you that don't know what that is I'll explain. It's basically a folder shortcut with a special CLSID extension. CLSID is short for Class ID. The godmode shortcut will display a lot of settings available in the Control panel, but they are all in a single window.
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The only really important part of this is the .{GUID} the first part can be anything. It's certainly a nifty shortcut to have readily available but that isn't what I was curious about. I wanted to know if any of the other CLSID's had any useful functionality. I wrote this powershell script to build shortcuts out of ever CLSID that was available in the registry.
Code:
$saved_directory = "$($env:USERPROFILE)\Desktop\Shortcuts"

New-PSDrive -Name HKCR -PSProvider Registry -Root HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
PWD | Push-Location

If (Test-Path $saved_directory)
{
    Remove-Item -Path $saved_directory -Recurse -Force
} Else
{
    New-Item -Path $saved_directory -ItemType Directory
}

Set-Location HKCR:
$keys = Get-ChildItem -Path .\CLSID
$index = 1

For($index; $index -le $keys.Count; $index++)
{
    $keysplit = $keys[$index].Name.Split('\')
    $CLSID = $keysplit[$keysplit.Count - 1]
    $dir_name = "CLSID$index.$CLSID"
    New-Item -Path "$saved_directory\$dir_name" -ItemType Directory
}

Pop-Location
After running it you get a folder called Shortcuts on your desktop with a few thousand other folders inside. If you ran the script you can see that there are quite a few of these that will actually open various things including different sections of the Control Panel, the "This PC" shortcut and even the recycle bin.
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