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Create A Windows Firewall Desktop Shortcut

The Windows Firewall (formerly known as "Internet Connection Firewall"), Is defaulted to the Windows platform from Windows XP/Server 2003 to where It stands today at Windows 10. It's an essential tool that monitors Incoming & outgoing traffic, and blocks unauthorized attempts from unknown networks and other Intrusions. In this tutorial, I will show you how to easily access It, by creating a Windows Firewall desktop shortcut.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. A typical way to access the Windows Firewall, Is to navigate to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall. It will then execute, as per the Image below.

From here, you can create Inbound & Outbound rules, allow or block apps to communicate online, block all Incoming connections and the list goes on. Wouldn't It be nice, If you could access the Windows Firewall via a double-click of the mouse? Well, I will demonstrate how to do this, by creating a shortcut on your computer's desktop. So without further ado, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

Firstly, navigate to your PC's desktop, right-click on a blank area and select New > Shortcut as shown below.

Step Two:

Next, In the Type the location of the Item field, enter the following command.
control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall

Then hit Next to move forward.

Step Three:

Now you need to give your shortcut a name. It can be anything you like. For the purpose of this tutorial, I've named mine Windows 10 Tips Firewall. When you've applied yours, click Finish to finalize the process.

Step Four:

I've navigated to my computer's desktop and as you can see, my Windows Firewall shortcut has been successfully created. Let's make sure It's functional, by double-clicking It.

Last Step:

As expected, the Windows Firewall has executed, thereby I can apply an array of settings and configurations according to my computing environment.

Final Thoughts:

The Windows Firewall, has saved countless Intrusions on my home network, thus keeping It active at all times, as well as making sure It's configured correctly, Is of the utmost Importance. One of the good things about the shortcut, Is that It's not dedicated to the desktop per se. You can copy & paste It to just about any directory, thus have It readily available at all times.


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