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Personalize Windows 8 Explorer by Adding Useful Shortcuts

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When stating Windows Explorer, we refer to the main navigation window that helps us roam through drives and directories. This explorer has been given different names in different versions of Windows operating system. Up till Windows XP, it was named and called as My Computer. Windows 7 and 8 pronounced the same component with a shortened name, Computer. But in the recently introduced Windows 8.1, this go thru part is labeled as This PC.

From advent of Windows, till its latest version, Windows Explorer has upheld its position of the most important tool. Although, it has changed its interface for a number of times, it can always be customized and personalized to our own preferences. This article entails a tutorial to add certain features for an increased value of Windows Explorer.

How to Personalize Windows 8 Explorer

Given below are the instructions to add many useful shortcuts to the Windows Explorer for user convenience. These shortcuts are Recycle Bin, Control Panel, Run, Search, Flip 3D, Internet Explorer, Administrative Tools, Network Connections, and Printers. To carry this process out, you would need to enter and modify your Windows Registry. Though, it is a sensitive place to work in, please proceed with caution. It is advised to create a backup of your existing registry settings. You can use it by using this software.

There are different methods to access Windows Registry Editor, in different versions. These methods can be found out and learnt by clicking here. Once you have Registry Editor opened before you, follow these steps to navigate to the desired key.

  • Open Windows Registry Editor
  • Expand through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, under Computer node, to reach the following key

SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

Add Recycle Bin

  • Right click the NameSpace key; go to New to create a sub Key
  • Name this key as {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Add Control Panel

  • Right click the NameSpace key; go to New to create a sub Key
  • Name this key as {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

Add Run

  • Right click the NameSpace key; go to New to create a sub Key
  • Name this key as {2559A1F3-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}

Add Search

  • Right click the NameSpace key; go to New to create a sub Key
  • Name this key as {2559A1F0-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}

Add Flip 3D

  • Right click the NameSpace key; go to New to create a sub Key
  • Name this key as {3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}

Add Internet Explorer

  • Right click the NameSpace key; go to New to create a sub Key
  • Name this key as {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}

Add Administrative Tools

  • Right click the NameSpace key; go to New to create a sub Key
  • Name this key as {D20EA4E1-3957-11D2-A40B-0C5020524153}

Add Network Connections

  • Right click the NameSpace key; go to New to create a sub Key
  • Name this key as {7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}

Add Printers

  • Right click the NameSpace key; go to New to create a sub Key
  • Name this key as {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}

Looking for more Windows 8 Registry Tweaks? Read this blog post describing how you can make your Windows 8 pc faster.

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