Some people love to use the mouse, others not so. I fall in the later category and for that reason I try to find keyboard shortcuts for the day-to-day tasks (ok, so I try and find a keyboard shortcut for nearly everything – including netsh to change IP addresses for example). After installing Windows 7 I thought I’d give a few of the new tools for a spin and see if my old trusty shortcuts worked. Here’s what was interesting:
Normally this will open Add/Remove Programs. In Vista as many of you know or are aware, it was renamed "Programs and Features", this theme is still the case in Windows 7, but magically appwiz.cpl, whether in XP, Vista or Windows 7 will open the respective flavour of the control panel you’re after – essentially adding or removing programs.
Up until now we had what was called the Windows Security Centre. wscui.cpl opened that tool. In Windows 7, goodbye Security Center and hello Action Centre (and goodbye shield hello flag). Guess what though, wscui.cpl still opens the Action Centre.
OK, so it’s still a firewall, but it has more advanced features in Windows 7, yet the same command opens the firewall control panel too.
…Like I said, just a few interesting finds I came across when using some of my favourite shortcuts. Have you found any other "strangities" or places where you know there’s been code reused, either to help with continuity or maybe just because it was easier?