UK developers Techy Geeks Home has released Ultimate Settings Panel 1.0, a brand new collection of shortcuts to key system Control Panels and other tools for Windows users.
Version 1.0 offers easy access to key Windows shortcuts as well as useful management utilities for Microsoft Outlook 2010, System Configuration 2007 and System Configuration 2012. More categories are promised in future versions.
The app is a tiny 105KB download, delivered as a zip file. Once extracted, Ultimate Settings Panel runs as a portable application, allowing the user to place it anywhere on their system. It divides its shortcuts into five tabs.
The Windows and General tabs provides shortcuts to key Control Panels and more deeply buried tools like File History in Windows 8 or ODBC Admin in XP – there’s also a shortcut to “God mode”, which basically puts every single Control Panel option at your fingertips.
The Outlook 2010 tab offers some handy repair and management shortcuts like cleaning the auto-complete name and email address list or restoring missing folder to the default delivery location.
System administrators will also appreciate access to key Configuration Manager 2007 and 2012 options, such as opening the Client Applet or Software Center.
It’s safe to say that in its current embryonic state, the moniker “ultimate” shouldn’t really apply; however, Ultimate Settings Panel does at least put a decent selection of hidden and deeply buried tools and tweaks within easy reach.
Over time, as it develops to support a wider range of apps, we envisage Ultimate Settings Panel becoming an increasingly essential tool for accessing the hidden depths of your PC, but even now it should still appeal to those who are struggling to find specific Control Panels or who resent having to wade through menus to find the option they’re looking for.
Ultimate Settings Panel 1.0 is available now as a freeware download for PCs running Windows XP or later.