Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Windows 7 Network Connections Shortcut

If you are like me you are tired of all the clicking to get to your network card settings. I figured out how to make a shortcut to it today!

1. Right click in blank space on your desktop.
2. Go to "New" and then "Shortcut"
3. When the create shortcut wizard opens paste the below text in the "Type the location of the item" field.

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL ncpa.cpl

4. Type "Network Connections" for the name, or whatever you would like.
5. Click Finish
6. Right click your new shortcut and go to "properties"
7. Click "Change Icon"
8 You can either copy and paste the below path or browse there and select this dll file.


9. The default icon will be the first one that displays. Select your desired icon and then click OK.
10. Click OK one more time and you are done.

It's that simple. I personally pinned mine to my start menu, but you can treat it like any other shortcut now. The only question left is what to do with all the clicks you saved!


  1. I have a quicker way to create a shortcut to the Network Connections folder.

    1. Open your Network Connections folder as you normally would through the Control Panel or through the network icon on your task bar.

    2. Now click and drag the Network Connections icon in the address bar (next to Control Panel>Network and Internet>Network Connections) to any place on your desktop. It will automatically create the shortcut for you.

    3. Rename the shortcut to whatever you wish.

  2. Jason,
    I wasn't able to get my PC to work with your instructions but I was able to right-click on "Network Connections" in the address bar and select "copy address". Then I right-clicked on my desktop and selected "paste shortcut". This was definitely a more efficient way to create the shortcut. I appreciate your comment and thanks for helping me find a faster way.

  3. Jason,
    I see what you are saying. When the window is open you can drag the icon in the address bar to your desktop. Even faster!