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How to Create a Shortcut to the Windows Tools Folder for Easier Access

Written by Wyatt Surrey

Windows Tools is a new folder that contains system and administration tools for Windows 10. So create a shortcut to the Windows Tools folder and also change the folder icon.

The Windows Tools folder contains several classic systems and administration tools for Windows 10. This folder is available in Windows 10 Build 21354 and later.

2 ways to create a shortcut to the Windows Tools folder on Windows 10

With the continued evolution of Windows 10, many traditional Control Panel tools and utilities, it has gotten used to carrying over to the Settings application. Starting with Windows 10 Build 21354, the company creates a new folder for some of the management tools it needs. It is known as the “Windows Tools” folder.

Here’s how to create an easily accessible shortcut to the Windows Tools folder.

1. Drag and drop a shortcut to the Windows Tools folder

To get started, press the Windows Key and click the Windows Tools icon on the left. You can find it faster by opening W directly. Then drag it to your desktop.

Drag and drop a shortcut to the Windows Tools folder
Drag and drop

A shortcut will then be created on the desktop. Now you have to double click to open the Windows Tools folder.

2. Manually create a shortcut to the Windows Tools folder

Dragging and dropping onto the desktop is the easiest way to create a shortcut, but you can also do it manually. Follow the steps below:

  • To begin, right click on an empty space on your desktop and go to New> Link.
  • Next up the create link“The wizard opens. Copy and paste the following into the “Location of the item” Field.
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  • Now tap on that Next Button in the link wizard after entering the above path.
  • Finally, enter a name for the shortcut you are using. Something like “Windows tools“Is a natural choice because it is instantly remembered. But you can name it what you want. When you’re done, click Finished Button.
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Manually create a shortcut to the Windows Tools folder (step-by-step picture instructions)
Manually creating a link (step-by-step instructions)

How to change the Windows Tools Icon

If you want to change the shortcut icon, you can do that by pressing Right click it and tap properties from the menu. Then make sure that Link tab opens and tap the Change icon Button.

Next, you can choose from the standard shortcut symbols or add a custom symbol.

Change the Windows Tools Icon
Change the symbol

Note: System icons are located in: c: windows system32 imageres.dll

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That’s all. Now you have a shortcut to the Windows Tools folder. You can also add it to the tile on the right side of the taskbar or in the start menu. To add it, right-click the generated shortcut and choose Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments section below. Good luck!


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About the author

Wyatt Surrey

Wyatt Serrey has spent over 17 years working in the tech industry and also been a Windows fan since he used Windows XP on his computer. He loves to help and teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps.

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