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By Tyler Colp 03 November 2021
God Mode packs tons of advanced settings into one folder.
There are all sorts of tricks for making Windows better, but one of the most advanced secrets in Windows 10 and 11 is a hidden feature that some call “God Mode.” God Mode has a long history: Since the launch of Windows Vista in 2007, you’ve been able to make a custom folder that shoves the entirety of the Windows Control Panel into a list. You can’t clip through walls or become invincible with it, but you can skip the modern, sometimes annoying Windows interface and get right to the options you want.
The “God Mode” nickname seems to have been largely popularized by bloggers around 2010, probably because it’s way catchier than the real name: Windows Master Control Panel shortcut. That doesn’t really feel powerful or elusive, does it? So God Mode it is.
This trick works in both Windows 10 and Windows 11 (and if you’re still rocking Windows 7 or 8, yep, it’ll work for you too). Here’s how to use it.

The God Mode folder is pretty simple in functionality because its real purpose is to be a database for names to pull up when you type them into the Start Menu’s search bar. It takes all of the Control Panel settings, like system restore, date and time, mouse settings, printer settings, and more, and folds them into an easily accessible list that you can also search through.
It’s useful if you find yourself accessing Control Panel settings frequently. Maybe you want to access your Bluetooth and mouse settings a lot without having to fuss with all the clicks it requires you to get to them in the normal Control Panel.
Windows God Mode folder
To enable “God Mode” all you have to do is right-click a blank area on your desktop, highlight New > Folder. Rename your new folder: 
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Press enter to confirm the name.
That’s it: The folder icon will change to the Control Panel icon and when you open it, you’ll have access to a big list of options.
If you want to clean up that list of options, right-click any of the categories  in the folder and select “collapse all groups.” That should make the more than 200 settings much more manageable.
If all of this sounds too powerful for you to handle, you can always delete the file. Despite its name, “God Mode” doesn’t imbue Windows with any dangerous or mighty powers. It simply organizes a whole bundle of settings into one convenient place.
Tyler has covered games, games culture, and hardware for over a decade before joining PC Gamer as Associate Editor. He’s done in-depth reporting on communities and games as well as criticism for sites like Polygon, Wired, and Waypoint. He’s interested in the weird and the fascinating when it comes to games, spending time probing for stories and talking to the people involved. Tyler loves sinking into games like Final Fantasy 14, Overwatch, and Dark Souls to see what makes them tick and pluck out the parts worth talking about. His goal is to talk about games the way they are: broken, beautiful, and bizarre.
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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