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Does anyone know how to create a shortcut which opens the wireless networks dialog box in Windows 7? I'm looking for a shortcut that takes me directly to the window which shows you the available wireless networks around you.

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

create a new text file and put this on it

rundll32.exe van.dll,RunVAN

save it as "wifi.bat" and create a shortcut of it wherever you want,

right-click the shortcut, select propriety and edit its shortcut key to CTRL + ALT + W

now Ctrl+ALT+W will popup that available Wireless network window.

Or use any other trick to map a keyboard shortcut to it ...

Have fun

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Tested and works on Win7, Thanks Revolter – fedmich Sep 24 '13 at 12:48
If Explorer.exe isn't loaded, you might need to use rundll32.exe van.dll,RunVANW top get it top open up. – Tsaukpaetra Mar 8 '15 at 21:50

Win + B is the built in key combination to get to the notification area. Then right arrow twice (or however many times you need) and Enter to show the available networks.

You could do this manually, or use Autohotkey to make your own single hotkey.

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Create a shortcut on your desktop via right mouse, New, Shortcut, Location:

C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{38A98528-6CBF-4CA9-8DC0-B1E1D10F7B1B}

Press Next and name it "View Wireless Networks".

Then right click your shortcut and select properties, change Icon and select as file for "Look for Icons in this file" the following file:


Select the icon you normally see in the lower right corner on the taskbar and press OK.

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The whole wifi.bat did not work for me... here is what worked

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Control Panel
  3. Click on Network and Internet
  4. Click on Network and Sharing Center
  5. Choose Change adapter settings on the Task pane
  6. Right-click on Wireless Network Connection - and drag it to Desktop and select create shortcut.
  7. Right Click that shortcut and select properties and make a shortcut key (mine is "CTRL+ALT+W"

If Wifi is disabled this will turn it on instantly If WiFi is enabled it will bring up connection window where you can press "Deactivate"

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