Devices Create Devices and Printers shortcut in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Devices and Printers shortcut for Windows 10 and Windows 11.

The Devices and Printers folder shows devices that are connected to a computer, including the document devices.

When you select a device in Devices and Printers, Device Stage shows the details for that device.

Reference:

When you try to open Devices and Printers from the Control Panel in an Insider build of Windows 11, it will now open to Settings > Bluetooth & devices instead.


Contents



EXAMPLE: Devices and Printers

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Option One

Download Devices and Printers shortcut


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.

Devices_and_Printers_shortcut.zip


2 Save the .ZIP file to your desktop.

3 Unblock the ZIP file.

4 Open the ZIP file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

5 You can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to Start menu All apps, add to Win+X menu, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy usage.

6 You can now delete the downloaded ZIP file if you like.




Option Two

Create Devices and Printers shortcut


1 Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2 Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

explorer shell:::{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}

Devices_and_Printers_shortcut-1.png

3 Type Devices and Printers for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)

You could name this shortcut anything you like.


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4 Right click or press and hold on the new Devices and Printers shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

5 In the Shortcut tab, click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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6 Copy and paste the location below into the line under "Look for icons in this file", and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

%systemroot%\System32\DeviceCenter.dll

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7 Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)

You can use any icon you want.


8 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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9 You can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to Start menu All apps, add to Win+X menu, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy usage.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Thank you, @Brink! This is something my students will definitely appreciate.
 

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I did it the old fashioned way. Creating a shortcut and using - C:\Users\name\Desktop\Devices and Printers.lnk -
changing "name" to your name.
 

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Good morning and Happy New Year
I ask if it is possible to put the new folder "Devices and Printers" in the control panel by renaming it (example "Devices and Printers 2").
I don't know how to do this procedure.
Thank you
 

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Thanks, @Brink. It was a snap to add it to the All Apps list. Now I just have to remember that it's there, since I seldom visit the All Apps list.
 

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thank you for the shortcut. At least it lets you change the name but it doesn't change when you click apply and ok. It stays the same.
 

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