Windows Easter egg

Every now and then I get surprised, and truth be told it doesn’t happen that easily. And when you’re like me and you have been in IT for almost ten years, you will have probably seen it all at some point in time. But when my colleague Rik showed me this easter egg I was positively surprised. First things first: What’s an easter egg ? it is basically a hidden message or hidden feature within computer software next to also being a (usually) painted egg which parents hide for their children as a game at eastern.

The trick:

How does it work ? Create a new folder, And rename it to:

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

As a result you will end up with an overview of all options which you can acces to customise your windows session or machine. You can change the name “GodMode” to anything you like, and the trick will still work.


let’s get techy

The string behind the .(dot) is actually an CLSID, A CLSID is a globally unique identifier that identifies a COM class object. And it’s not even new to Windows it pre-existed as the “all-tasks” overview (okay so it’s not really an Easter egg). And because it’s an CLSID there are multiple ways to acces it:

You can create a shortcut by pasting the following line as the destination:

explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Or run it from the command prompt or run box by pasting this line:


And if you are an UEM IT consultant like me you could add it into your User Environment Manager and give to your users an extra method of accessing control panel items to customise their machine or SBC/VDI session.

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