Create Programs and Features or Add Remove Program shortcut in Windows

The Control Panel has several useful applets, of which, arguably, the most frequently used one, is the Uninstall or Change a Program; or what is commonly referred to as the Add-Remove Programs.

To access it in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you have to click Start Menu > Control Panel > Programs and Features. But you can create its shortcuts in any of the many ways, so that you can access it in a click.

Create Programs and Features shortcut

Open Control Panel, right click on the Programs and Features icon and select Create Shortcut. It will create a Desktop shortcut. Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop this applet icon to your desktop.

If you want to create a quick launch bar shortcut, simply drag the Programs and Features icon to the quick launch bar area.

The Programs and Features applet, resides in the System32 folder as appwiz.cpl.

Right click on it > Send To Desktop. This will also create its desktop shortcut. Change its icon to something more appealing.

To Pin Programs and Features shortcut to your Start Menu, Open your Windows Explorer, say C:\Program Files and rt click an empty space.

Select New > Shortcut > Type

control.exe appwiz.cpl

Click Next > Name it any suitable name, say, Add Remove Programs > Finish. Give it a suitable icon.

Next, right click on this shortcut and select ‘Pin To Start Menu‘.

Your Programs and Features or Add-Remove Program shortcut will now appear in Start Menu, easily accessible.

Also check out Handy Shortcuts, our freeware which lets you create tons of shortcuts.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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