How to Create a Network Connection Shortcut to the Windows Desktop Screen?

Whenever any computer desktop or a laptop user gets trouble in their internet, the very first action they take is trying to access the network connections. This post will tell you the steps to create a network connection shortcut on your desktop screen to open it with ease.

Do you know where the network adapter is located in your Windows settings? or how to troubleshoot your network issues?

However, many users do know that the network connection is located under the control panel. On the other hand, many users still do not know where network connections are located.

Create Network Connection Shortcut

This article shows you how you can add or create a shortcut to your desktop screen of network connections or pin it to the Windows taskbar, so that you can access it very quickly and easily. Follow the steps given below:

[Read: How to Create a Shutdown Shortcut in a Windows PC?]

Note: The following steps will work with Windows 7 and later Windows versions including Windows 11.

First, will create a Network Connections Shortcut to the Desktop screen.

Step 1. We need to create a shortcut to desktop. To do this, right-click on the desktop screen, navigate to New and then select Shortcut.

create network connection shortcut

Step 2. The above steps will launch the Create Shortcut wizard on your screen. Now enter the following string in the location box and click the Next button

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

create network connection shortcut to desktop

Step 3. Once you click the Next button. On the next screen, rename it to Network Connection and click on Finish to close the wizard.

network connection shortcut on windows desktop

Step 4. It’s great! You have just created a Network Connections shortcut to your desktop.

Now, if you want to change its Icon, right-click on the created shortcut and select properties.

create network shortcut windows 10

Step 5. Network Connections Properties Windows will appear on your screen.

  1. Under the Shortcut tab
  2. Click on the Change Icon button
  3. Change Icon box will launch, type ncpa.cpl and hit on Enter
  4. Select the Network icon in the search result
  5. Lastly, click the OK button to apply the changes and close

The network connection shortcut has now been successfully created on your desktop.

To check, double click on it and it will launch the network connection window on your screen and will show you all the Network Adapters. Just one click and you can now reach the network adapters.

How do I Pin the Network Connections Shortcut to the Taskbar?

To pin this shortcut to the Windows Taskbar, you can simply drag and drop it to the free space on your Taskbar and it will stick there.

Alternatively, you can right-click on the network connection shortcut and select Pin to taskbar.

network shortcut pin to taskbar

Once you are done. You can now see that the network connection icon has been placed on your taskbar.

It is up to you if you would like to use a desktop shortcut or the taskbar pin icon to open network connections.

[Read: How to Create a Shortcut to Lock Windows PCs?]

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