For quick and easy access, you can create the device manager desktop shortcut with just a few clicks. Follow these simple steps to do so.
Every Windows system needs to have proper drivers to connect hardware to software and work properly. To manage all the hardware devices and their drivers, Windows has a neat little tool called Device Manager. From device manage, you can enable or disable connected devices, install, update, uninstall, or rollback driver updates, scan for new devices, and much more. Generally, there are several different ways you can open the Device Manager. Two of the most common ways it is to search for it in the start menu or use the devmgmt.msc run command.
Though both the ways discussed above provide quick and easy access, you can also create a dedicated Device Manager desktop shortcut to make things even easier. This is particularly useful if you are frequently accessing the Device Manager for whatever reason. For example, when dealing with network or display drivers, it can be tiresome to open Device Manager in traditional ways. So, in this quick tutorial, let me show you the way to create a desktop shortcut for Device Manager in Windows.
Note: The steps detailed below can be followed in Windows 7 and 8 too.
Steps to Create Device Manager Shortcut on Desktop (or wherever you want)
To create the shortcut we need, we are going to use the Create Shortcut wizard. It is easy and quick.
1. To start off, right-click on the desktop and select “New → Shortcut” option. This will open the shortcut creation wizard.
2. In the wizard, copy and paste the below path in the blank field. Click “Next” to continue. Alternatively, you can also click on the “Browse” button, find the devmgmt.msc in C:\Windows\System32 folder and click “Open”.
3. Now, name the shortcut anything you want. In my case, I’m keeping it simple and calling the shortcut for what it is, “Device Manager“. Click “Finish“.
That is it. You are done. You’ve successfully created the device manager shortcut. Double-click on the newly created shortcut and the Device Manager will open, as it should.
Windows is good enough to grab the device manager icon and apply it to the shortcut. This simply means that you don’t have to see the ugly default app icon or add the icon manually. When needed, you can move the shortcut anywhere you want. For example, you can place it in a separate drive or add it to a quick launch toolbar on the taskbar.
If you no longer need the shortcut, simply delete the shortcut and you are good to go.
As you can see, creating the device manager shortcut is nothing hard. In fact, it hardly took a few clicks. Once you create the shortcut, you can either keep it on the desktop or add it to the quick access toolbar on the taskbar.
I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.