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Help me find Network Connections

Submitted by clifgriffin on November 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Each version of Windows makes finding options such as "Network Connections" harder to find. Vista takes you on a magical journey through the "Network and Sharing Center" that is full of dangerous obstacles that threaten to distract you from your goal.

Windows 7 is no better in this regard. In fact, even when searching the Control Panel for "Network Connections" the proper link does not present itself. You have to search for "Network adapters" which exposes a link for "Network Connections"!

Take all of those "super complicated yet very common" configuration screens and put them in an extremely easy/obvious place that has less of that "Choose Your Own Adventure" feel.

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Discussion (7 comments)

clifgriffin wrote on November 3, 2008, 2:35pm

If you disagree, please tell me why. If I'm missing some blatently obvious way of doing this (besides remembering the name of the cpl file), I'd like to know.

NIXin wrote on November 3, 2008, 2:39pm

I agree with the part that it's harder in Vista than in XP, but Windows 7 did change that so that's easier to find.
Go to Network and Sharing Center -> Change adapter settings.

Voilà!

clifgriffin wrote on November 3, 2008, 2:42pm

Good catch. I still think this should be exposed in a friendlier way for those of us who are manual configuration oriented. Task panes are good for people who aren't quite sure what they need to do...not for people who know specifically what setting they want to change.

hoopla_punta wrote on November 3, 2008, 3:05pm

Well the new jumplist is good. Why change it?

clifgriffin wrote on November 3, 2008, 3:11pm

Where is this jumplist?

Does anyone disagree that a centralized location common configuration tools for power users would be better?

Task panes are for people who aren't sure what they want. (or at least how to do it!)

BrandonLive wrote on November 3, 2008, 5:11pm

Typing "network connections" into my start menu shows this task as the first result. But then, I'm on a newer build so can't guarantee it's the same on the PDC bits.

dabski wrote on February 7, 2009, 11:09am

+1 and the Choose Your Own Adventure books were good fun back in the day before I got a decent computer :-)

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