How to Enable the God Mode Control Panel in Windows

Windows has a vast amount of settings that can be configured to adjust how Windows operates. However, adjusting these settings is not the easiest thing to do. The majority of them must be adjusted using the Control Panel, found by going to Start > Control Panel.

Although the Control Panel is a good tool, it can sometimes be difficult to use. For the most part, when using Control Panel, you must toggle back in forth between numerous different windows to setup everything. Sometimes it’s also hard to find a specific setting that you are looking for. For example, I’ve written an entire post just on how to configure the Network and Sharing Center.

In addition, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have two places for adjusting settings: via the Control Panel and via the Settings app.

control panel

settings windows 10

However, there is one other way that you can adjust settings on your Windows computer, which gives you all adjustment options in one place: God Mode or the Master Control Panel. No one is really sure why it’s called God Mode because it’s basically just a list of all the possible settings in one place and you don’t have to name it God Mode!

To get to this Master Control Panel, you need to first create a new folder on your desktop. To do so, right click on your desktop to bring up the secondary menu. From the secondary menu, choose New > Folder. This will add a default folder to your desktop which will be named something like New folder, or New folder 2, etc.

new folder

Next, you need to change the name of the New folder that you just created. First copy the text below that starts with GodMode.(E…}. Now right click on the folder and choose Rename.

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

Paste this text as the name of the folder and then press Enter. Now, the folder should have changed from the default blank folder icon to a Control Panel looking icon with the name GodMode. Note that you can change that beginning text to anything you like, it doesn’t have to be GodMode.

godmode control panel

Double click on the icon to open it up. You will notice that it looks similar to the Control Panel window, with all options placed in list format. This is a great way to see all the available adjustments for Windows in one spot.

Now, you can jump to a certain setting and configure it easily, without having to go through a bunch of different Windows. When you click on a listing within the “God Mode” window, you will be able to go straight to the configuration page.

god mode settings

Note that everything in the Master Control Panel can also be found in the regular Control Panel by performing a search. Below, I have shown the results from doing a search in GodMode and in the regular Control Panel. As you can see, you get the same results.

comparison

The main convenience of GodMode is that you can see all the settings without having to know what to search for. This has proved helpful on a number of occasions because I didn’t know exactly what word to search for, but was able to find the setting when browsing through the list.

Again, this little trick works on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. If you have any questions, feel free to comment. Enjoy!

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Install and Delete Fonts in Windows the Easy Way

Starting with Windows 7 and continuing to Windows 10, the process for managing fonts in Windows has become much more streamlined and easier to use. Whether you are a professional who needs to install lots of fonts for your work or someone who wants to speed up their computer by getting rid of useless fonts, Windows makes it easy to perform either task.

If you do run into any trouble along the way, such as when trying to delete a font, I’ve also posted alternate methods to help troubleshoot the problem. Note that the procedures below can be accomplished in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. If there is anything operating specific, I will mention that separately.

How to Install a Font

Once you have downloaded your font file, go ahead and open the folder where your font is saved. Now double-click on the font file.

install font windows

A window will appear where you will get to see a preview of all the numbers and letters for that font. It will also show you a sample sentence in different font sizes. To install the font on your system, click the Install button at the top.

new font installed

That’s it! Your font is now installed! If you open a program like Word, you’ll see it should now be there in the list of fonts. You can select it and start typing with the new font.

How to Delete a Font

Deleting a font is almost just as easy.  First, open Control Panel and click on the Fonts folder. If you’re in Category view, go ahead and switch to Icon view.

fonts folder

Select the font you want to delete and then click the Delete button towards the top of the window.

delete font

If all goes well, your font should be removed from your system. Now there are a few situations where you might run into problems. Firstly, you might get a message stating that the font cannot be deleted because it is in use.

cannot delete font

If you run into this problem, you should first close all programs and try again. If that doesn’t work, try restarting your computer and then deleting the font. As a last resort, you can restart in Safe Mode and then try to delete it.

Another way to delete the font is via the Windows registry. Before you edit anything, make sure to backup the registry. Now click on Start and type in regedit. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFonts

delete font registry

Find the font in the list on the right, then right-click and choose Delete. You will be able to delete the font file even if you were getting the in-use message earlier. Note that if you have 64-bit Windows installed, you also need to go to this registry key and delete the font from here too:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFonts

After you have deleted the key from both locations, go ahead and restart the computer for the changes to take effect. The font should now be gone from all programs.

This method can also be used to delete fonts that are protected system fonts. For example, let’s say you wanted to delete Times New Roman. If you tried via the Control Panel, you’ll get an error message.

protected system font

You can, however, go into the registry and get rid of the font there. Make sure to restart your computer after deleting the entries from the registry. There really isn’t any good reason to delete protected system fonts, so I wouldn’t recommend it.

If you already have installed a bunch of fonts on your computer and now don’t want to have some many extra fonts installed, you can check out my previous post on how to restore the default Windows fonts.

Finally, you can also create your own font and then install it using this guide! If you have any questions, feel free to comment. Enjoy!

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Format an SD Card the Easy Way

SD cards can be tricky little gadgets. They sit in our cameras and cell phones, just waiting for us to take the picture of a lifetime, at which time, of course, they stop responding. While nothing can predict when or where an SD card will die, proper formatting can both lengthen the life of the card and provide the most available space possible.

The SD Association provides an SD card formatter for this purpose. Yes, they recognize Windows has a built-in formatting feature, however, they warn that by using the generic operating system formatter, “optimum performance may not be experienced.” Translation: SD card death and less picture-saving space.

The program can be downloaded on both Mac and Windows. All SD, SDHC and SDXC cards are supported and using a USB SD card reader is recommended for the formatting process.

Once you install and run the program, it initializes with just one small screen.

sd formatter

Make sure you insert your SD card into the reader before you start up the program. The program is smart enough to scan all the drives and find the drive for the SD card. If not, just click the Refresh button. If you’re having trouble getting the card to show up in the dropdown, you might have to install the SDXC driver for that particular type of card.

Next, click Option to select how you want the SD card formatted. A dialogue box appears with a dropdown menu listing three “format type” options. The first, Quick, is simply a standard format that erases the Master Boot Record (MBR) on the SD card. Even though the data cannot be accessed using Explorer or Finder on Windows and Mac, it remains on the card itself.

sd format options

The Full (Overwrite) option will initialize the card and overwrite all the data with meaningless data. This method is more secure than simply erasing the data on the SD card because it is much harder to retrieve previously written data if you overwrite it. This option will take much longer than Full (Erase) or Quick.

The Full (Erase) option deletes the data on the SD card. Using special software and tools, it is possible to retrieve data that was deleted using this method. If the card does not support this method, it will revert to the Quick format.

Under the Format Type dropdown menu is a second menu called Format Size Adjustment that asks if you want to try to increase the amount of space on your SD card or not. Turning this option on will allow you to use the maximum space possible on your SD card. Once you have made your selection, click OK.

My recommendations are to choose Full (Overwrite) and turn Format Size Adjustment to ON. Back on the main screen, it should show you the settings you have selected.

sf formatter options

Finally, click Format. You will be asked one last time if you are sure you want to do this. If you are sure, click OK.

final warning - sd formatter

A new dialogue box then displays the status of the formatting process. For the options selected above, it will overwrite the entire card with random data and then format the card. If you are using a larger disk, the process could take a while. Do not turn off your computer or remove the disk until the entire process is complete.

overwrite erase

When complete, a dialogue box appears telling you the results of the formatting process.

sd formatter complete

Overall, the program works well and it will ensure that your card lasts longer and that your data is permanently removed, if you are planning on giving it to someone else. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

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