Create Direct Shortcut for “Advanced Power Settings” in Windows Vista and Later

Most of us already know that we can create a shortcut to "Power Settings" in Windows using powercfg.cpl command. This shortcut opens "Power Options" window which is usually present in Control Panel.

But if you browse through Power Options window, you'll find a link to "Advanced Power Settings" window which allows you to tweak power settings in detail. This option is not directly accessible, you need to click 2-3 links here and there to access this option.


Wouldn't it be great if you can have a direct shortcut to "Advanced Power Settings" window so that you can access it within a click?

Recently one AskVG reader "Peter" asked about it in a topic:

I find your articles very enjoyable and fun as well as informative and useful, keep it up.
In win 7, in Control Panel\Power Options\change plan settings, there is a box called advanced power options which is a very useful tool to regulate power options. What I want to know whether it is possible to create a shortcut for this? thank you.

So today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to create a shortcut to "Advanced Power Settings" in Windows Vista and later:

1. Right-click on Desktop and select "New -> Shortcut":


2. It'll launch "Create Shortcut" wizard. Now enter following string in location box:

control powercfg.cpl,,1

NOTE: You can use any integer after 2 commas (,,) for example, control powercfg.cpl,,3 or control powercfg.cpl,,23

3. After entering the location, click on "Next" button. Now type Advanced Power Settings in name box and click on "Finish" button. It'll create a new shortcut on Desktop.

4. Now its time to change the icon. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Properties". Click on "Change Icon" button. Type powercfg.cpl in text box and press Enter. Select the icon, click on OK button and then Apply the changes.

5. That's it. You'll get the desired shortcut on Desktop:

You can also put it in Quick launch toolbar or pin to Taskbar in Windows 7.

NOTE: If you don't want to create the shortcut manually and want a ready-made shortcut, download following ZIP file, extract it and you'll get the shortcut:

Download Link

PS: If you want to create a direct shortcut to "Change Settings for the Plan: My Custom Power Plan" window instead of directly going to "Advanced Power Settings" screen, then you can use following text string in Step 2:

explorer shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\0\::{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}\pagePlanSettings


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  • Hi Vishal, I don't really like making off-topic comments but I have no idea how to ask, so I'll keep it short. I'm planning to upgrade to Windows 7. I've seen Enterprise and I really want all of it's little visual effects. Are they all included in Home Premium? Thanks!

    By the way, I love your site! Keep it up!

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. Visual effects are included in Home Premium edition. Just check your hardware requirements:

  • Thanks a lot Vishal! Thankfully my computer supports Aero. Thanks for everything you do for us on this site!

  • What string would I enter to link the shortcut to the "Change Settings for the Plan: My Power Plan" pictured above, rather than directly to the advanced settings?

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:

    explorer shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\0\::{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}\pagePlanSettings

  • Re: LMHtfd
    "What string would I enter to link the shortcut to the "Change Settings for the Plan: My Power Plan" pictured above, rather than directly to the advanced settings?"

    And your answer was spot on!! Game ON!! And the Microsoft Technical Support Team didn't even know about this. They said the shortcut did ... NOT ... exist. How about that, hey mate!?

    You are AWESOME, Mr. Vishal G.!!!!!!

    Many gazillions thanks. ;-)
    Cogito Ergo Sum

  • Thanks man!
    This was what I've been looking for a while now.
    Also, that string in comments was the icing on the cake!! :D

  • Thanks Vishal G for the shortcut for "Advanced Power Settings"; for its correct icon, one can employ %windir%\system32\powercpl.dll.

  • Use %windir%\system32\powercpl.dll for the shortcut icon. Thanks VG! I am sorry that my brain asked this question so late in the game. Enjoy being inquisitive!

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