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Connect to a VPN in Windows 10 in one click [desktop shortcut]

Connect to a VPN in Windows 10 in one click [desktop shortcut]

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In Windows 10, due to the new Settings app, you need to make several clicks before you can connect to the VPN server. In Windows 7 or 8.1, you can create a shortcut to your VPN connection and connect to it with just one click. But Windows 10 does not allow you to do so. Here is an alternative solution.

In Windows 7, you can quickly connect to a VPN using the Network menu that appears from the system tray. VPN Connections are listed in the Network pane and you can double click on it!

Also in Windows 8.1 you can click the network icon in the box, select the VPN connection and click Connect.

However, when you do the same in Windows 10, it shows a list of network connections within the Settings app instead. Even in that menu, when you click on the connection name, it shows an additional settings page instead of a direct way to connect. Also, after connecting, you have to close the Settings app. This is very frustrating.

To save your time, you may want to create a shortcut to connect to the VPN directly. Here is how you can do it.

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select new – acronym.
  2. In the shortcut target box, type or copy and paste the following command: rasphone -d β€œVPN connection name”

    See the following screen shot:

  3. Set the desired icon and name for your shortcut.
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Once you do that, simply click on this shortcut to connect to the VPN directly. You can install it anywhere you want.

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Author: Sergei Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero in 2011. In this blog, Sergey writes about everything related to Microsoft, Windows, and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter and YouTube. View all posts by Sergei Tkachenko


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