How to Create a Shortcut to the Manage Wireless Networks Options

The “Manage Wireless Networks” options in Windows Vista and 7 are great at allowing you to organize your wireless networks. The problem is that navigating to it is a few too many clicks away. This tutorial will help you create a desktop shortcut icon that will directly launch the Manage Wireless Networks options.

Please note: unfortunately, this does not work in Windows 10. It’s for Windows Vista and Windows 7 only.

  1. Right click on your desktop and select New > Shortcut
  2. windows desktop right-click context menu
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  3. The Create shortcut dialog box will appear and will ask you to specify the location of the application you want to access. Enter:

    explorer.exe shell:::{1fa9085f-25a2-489b-85d4-86326eedcd87}

    in the location field and then click Next.

  4. creating a shortcut to manage Wireless options
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  5. It will ask you to name the shortcut. Enter something like Manage Wireless Networks then and then click the Finish button.
  6. giving a shortcut to manage the wireless networks in Windows a name
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  7. At this point you’re done. You can skip down to step #7, or continue with the next couple of steps to use a custom icon for your newly created shortcut. To do so, right-click on the shortcut and select Properties.
  8. properties of a shortcut in Windows

  9. Go to the Shortcut tab and click on Change Icon.
  10. an arrow pointing to a button titled Change Icon

  11. Select the icon that you want to use (if you have an icon file in mind). If you don’t, click Browse… and navigate to C:\Windows\explorer.exe. After you’ve selected explorer.exe, you’ll be presented with a series of icons you can choose from. Click OK.
  12. selecting an icon to use on a shortcut in Windows

  13. This will change the icon of the shortcut. Double click on the shortcut to confirm that it’s working.
  14. a new icon for a shortcut to manage wireless networking options in Windows

  15. Now you have one-click access to accessing all of the Wireless Network options on your PC. Right-click on any one of them to move it up/down in the list of preferred networks, delete it etc.
  16. That’s it – you’re all done!

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2 thoughts on “How to Create a Shortcut to the Manage Wireless Networks Options”

  1. Tks for the shortcut, nothing is ever simple in computers. PS: If you want to change the icon to the standard wireless 5 green bar icon, you’ll find it in this file: C:\Windows\System32\networkmap.dll

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