How to Add “Network Connections” Shortcut in My Computer Context Menu in Windows?

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to add "Network Connections" shortcut in My Computer context menu so that you can access it quickly and easily.

Following are the required steps:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to:


3. Now we'll need to create a new key under "Shell" key. Right-click on "Shell" key and select "New -> Key". Give the new key name "Network Connections".

PS: If you receive error message while creating new key, take ownership of the "Shell" key with the help of following tutorial:

[Guide] How to Take Ownership (Permission) of a Registry Key in Windows?

4. Now right-click on the new key which we created in step 3 and select "New -> Key". Give the new key name of command.

5. In right-side pane, change value of "Default" to:

explorer shell:::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}

6. That's it. Now you can have "Network Connections" shortcut in My Computer context menu.

NOTE: Windows 7 users can also have an icon for the shortcut. To set the icon, select the key created in Step 3 and in right-side pane, create a new String value "Icon". Set its value to ncpa.cpl

PS. If you want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the desired REG file:

Download Registry Script

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  • very useful.

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