In Windows XP, you could access the Network Connections folder easily by clicking on the link in the Start menu. In Windows Vista, you use one of these routes to access the Network Connections folder.

#1 – Right-click on the Network icon in the Notification area, click Properties, Network and Sharing Center, and click Manage Network Connections link in the Tasks pane on the left.

#2 – Click Start, Network, Network and Sharing Center, and click Manage Network Connections link in the Tasks pane on the left.

If you’re a person who accesses the Network Connections folder frequently, then you’ll find the above methods inconvenient. Also, the Control Panel in Windows Vista does not list the Network Connections applet by default. Thankfully, the NCPA.CPL file available in Windows makes it easy to open the Network Connections folder directly.

Simply create a shortcut to C:\Windows\System32\NCPA.CPL and place it on your Desktop, and assign a Hotkey to access the shortcut.  Optionally you can Pin this shortcut to the Windows Vista Start menu as well.


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