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How To Create 'Add A Device' Desktop Shortcut


It's Inevitable that at some point In your computing environment, there will be the need to add new devices to your computer, such as a keyboard, mouse, network printer, storage devices and so forth. For the most part, Windows 10 automatically detects and Installs them, but It does tend to fail at the best of times. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an Add a device shortcut on your PC's desktop.


Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. The traditional way of accessing the Add a device wizard, Is to navigate to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Add a device. Windows will then scan for new devices, and display them accordingly as per the Image below.


You can then select the device that you wish to Install, and follow the onscreen prompts until completion. As already mentioned, Windows 10 detects and Installs devices on Its own, but If for some reason It doesn't, you can use the Add a device wizard.

To have It readily available and accessible via a double-click of the mouse, I will demonstrate how to create a shortcut on your computer's desktop. The process Is extremely simple, so without further ado, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

Firstly, navigate to your computer'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.
%windir%\System32\DevicePairingWizard.exe

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 Device Wizard. When you've applied yours. click Finish to finalize the process.


Step Four:

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


Last Step:

As you can see and as expected, the Add a device wizard has launched, displaying the available devices that I can choose to Install. Perfect!


Final Thoughts:

Whilst It's not a difficult task accessing the Add a device wizard via Control Panel, nothing beats the simplicity of a double-click of the mouse. Moreover, the shortcut Is not dedicated to your computer's desktop. You can copy & paste It to just about any directory you like, thus have It readily available at all times.



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