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God Mode is alive and well; it works in Windows 8 just as it did Vista.  See how to create folders with magical properties.

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What is Windows 8 God Mode?

After creating this 'Magic Folder', what you see is all the configuration settings in one place.  Here is but one example from the Action Center links, you could inspect the settings or make changes; have a look below:-

Windows 8 God Mode

How to Create Your Windows 8 God Mode Folder

God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} This group of numbers looks like a registry setting, indeed you can find it with Regedit, but see how you can use this string as the name of a Windows 8 folder with magical contents.

My plan is that we create a folder called 'God Mode', it collects then lists useful information from sources such as the Control Panel or Device Manager.

  1. Launch the Windows 8 Explorer (Not Regedit)
  2. right-click in a blank area.
  3. Click on 'New'.
  4. Select 'Folder' (from the shortcut menu).
  5. Name it: God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  6. Press Enter, or just click away somewhere else in Windows Explorer.

When your magic folder arrives, you could try re-sizing its columns to display the description and even the keywords.  Actually, its label does not have to be God Mode, as long as you keep the string inside the curly brackets you could rename it, for example I call mine Guy Mode.

Warning: I am not big on disclaimers, but I have to draw your attention to two facts, firstly, a few people say it caused their 64bit Vista OS to crash.  Secondly, we have to wonder why Microsoft don't support this magic folder and build-it rather like the Control Panel.

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More Settings in Windows 8 God Mode

Previously I just showed you the Action Center, but the slide below shows you just how data from many different areas of the operating system are displayed in this one folder.  In real-life you could expand the sub-folder to reveal the number of items shown in brackets.

Windows 8 God Mode Folder

Other GodMode Type Folders

Research of the registry shows that Microsoft has include more possibilities for special folders.

Please note the rhythm of the string you paste: Label.period{don't-mess}  Thus you can change 'GodMode' or 'Location', but you really must have that full stop, and there is no point in changing what's inside the {braces}.

Location.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}

Biometrics.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}

Notification.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}

Action.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

See more on Windows 8 Registry »

Summary of Windows 8 God Mode

God Mode was a Vista tip originally given to me by Chad Hooper.  The numbers in the curly brackets when used as a folder name, create a container with magical contents.

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