Is it possible to create a desktop shortcut for "Change Adapter Settings" in windows 7?

I run virtual machines, that I need to enable/disable NICs frequently.


You can create a shortcut to network connections by following this:

1) Right click on a empty area on the desktop and click on 'New' and 'Shortcut'.

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2) Enter this rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL ncpa.cpl in the 'Type the location of the item' field as shown below enter image description here

3) Now provide a name for your shortcut and click 'Finish' button. The shortcut should be created on your desktop enter image description here

Once this is done and you click it it should take you straight to 'Change adapter settings' screen.


The accepted answer is nice and impressive, but its not the way Microsoft wants you to do it.

Instead you should drag & drop the icon in front of your Address Bar to your desktop.
This creates a shortcut and has already the correct icon and filename.

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Btw. this method works with every Control Panel window

  • 3
    This is a far simpler method. – TheTurkey May 8 '14 at 8:48
  • It is simpler but you cannot pin it to the taskbar without it getting absorbed into the control panel pinned application and requiring an additional click. – freb Oct 30 '14 at 5:11

Based on the answer by @Shivaranjan, an alternative way is Win+R and type ncpa.cpl:

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