Quickly Open Network Connections List and Properties in Windows Vista

by Eric Geier [Published on 14 Oct. 2010 / Last Updated on 29 Sept. 2009]

Eliminate the many clicks it takes to get to the network connection details in Vista.

In Windows Vista it takes more clicks to access the Network Connection Properties of your network adapters as it does in XP. However, if you need to regularly access these details, you can create a shortcut by dragging the desired connection:

  1. Click the network icon in the system tray and open the Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click the Manage Network Connections link on the left pane.
  3. On the Network Connections window, simply click and drag the connection to the desired spot; on the start menu, desktop, or the taskbar quick tray.

You can alternatively access the Network Connections window by typing ncpa.cpl into the Start Menu search box, or create a shortcut to it. 


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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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