How to create a BitLocker Drive Encryption shortcut in Windows 10

Users might find it useful to create a special shortcut to launch the BitLocker Drive Encryption window directly with one click. From there, you will be able to suspend the drive’s protection, change how your drive is unlocked at startup, back up your recovery key, or turn off BitLocker completely for one or more installed drives. In this TWC post, we will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to launch the BitLocker Drive Encryption panel in Windows 10.

Create BitLocker Drive Encryption shortcut

To create a desktop shortcut, right-click on an empty area on your desktop, and click NewShortcut.

Copy and paste the following into the location field, and click Next:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}

Create BitLocker Drive Encryption shortcut

Type BitLocker Drive Encryption for the name, and click Finish button.

Right-click the new BitLocker Drive Encryption shortcut, and click Properties.

Click the Shortcut tab, then click the Change Icon button.

Now copy and paste the following into the Look for icons in this file field and hit Enter:

%windir%\System32\DxpTaskSync.dll

Sselect the icon highlighted in blue, and click OK.

Click OK on the next pop-up window.

You can give the shortcut any name or use any icon that you like.

You have now created the desktop shortcut for opening the BitLocker Drive Encryption panel.

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Obinna Onwusobalu, MCSA MCTS MCITP, has studied Information & Communication Technology and is a keen follower of the Windows ecosystem. He runs a computer software clinic. He says, it's best practice to create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system.