In order for me to connect to my corporate VPN, I need to click the VPN link in the list of networks. This isn’t really a problem, just an inconvenience.

To open the list of networks in Windows 8 (from the desktop) you can click the network icon in the tray. To open from the Start menu you need the Info Pane (Win+I) and then click the network icon (at the bottom).

My goal is to go straight to the list of networks from any screen with a single keystroke. Does anyone know the keyboard shortcut to open the list of networks?

  • 2
    Why not create a shortcut to the VPN connection on your Desktop and assign it a global shortcut? – user3463 Oct 22 '12 at 19:38
  • I like the idea, but looking for a keyboard shortcut - one I can take with me from machine to machine, too. I really find myself repeating this task everywhere I go. – Jerry Nixon Oct 24 '12 at 18:21
  • Soooooooo needy. Apparently, you're too good to take 1 extra step. 48 new shortcuts in Windows 8 and it's still not good enough for you! – Mufasa Oct 28 '12 at 7:03
  • I do hope @Mufasa is being sarcastic. – Ted Dec 10 '12 at 22:25
  • @Ted: Yes, I was. – Mufasa Dec 11 '12 at 0:27

I don't know any shortcut to open the network list, but you can access it via the command line:

rundll32.exe van.dll,RunVAN
  • Nice work. This is the one. – Jerry Nixon Jan 14 '14 at 22:22

Win + B gets you to the notification area. You could either arrow key over to the icon, or set it as the first icon (from the left).

Then, all you have to do is: Win + B, Enter.

  • This is not true, unfortunately – Jerry Nixon Jan 3 '14 at 20:48
  • Didn't work for me I'm afraid – Preet Sangha Aug 15 '14 at 2:51
  • +1 Win+b works for me on Windows 8.1, thanks! 'Show hidden icons' always gets focus first, but you can at least make the network icon the next one over by editing its behaviour in the customize dialog. – Ergwun Oct 15 '14 at 11:35
  • Almost there but still I couldn't use my up arrow(or another key?) to get to the network of choice. – Antony Thomas Nov 8 '15 at 3:03

There is no built in way for the Windows but you can do it using AutoHotKey, download it and install it. Now open the notepad and type the following code


and save it with .ahk extension, launch this script by double click on it and now when you will click the Ctrl+L it will open the network connections window.

You can also compile this script after creating it by right click on it which would become a portable exe, just carry it wherever and launch it.

Note: You can change the L key with your preferred key.

  • You can tell me if you don't like this way. – avirk Oct 24 '12 at 19:07

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