Annoyed by having so many clicks to get to your network properties? Thanks to Kevin Thornhill, here's a quick way to get to the Network Connections that you can normally only access going through the Network and Sharing Center: Click the Start button and in the Search box, type ncpa.cpl . This opens the Network Connections window by which you can manage your connections like in previous versions of Windows.
If you want to access it often, you can make a shortcut on the desktop:
- Right click an empty area on the desktop and click New, then Shortcut.
- In the Create Shortcut dialog box, type C:\Windows\System32\ncpa.cpl (substituting the drive letter on which Windows is installed, if not C:).
- Click Next.
- Type a name for the shortcut (such as Network Connections).
- Click Finish.
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