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How to Create a NFC "Proximity" Settings Shortcut in Windows 8 and Windows RT

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Proximity in Windows 8 supports near-field communication devices (ex: tablet, Windows 8 Phone, or Surface) that enable communication between computers using a tap gesture. Proximity supports establishing a connection between peer applications on separate computers with a tap, and subscribing for and publishing of messages while devices are within proximate range.

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a set of standards for computers and smartphone devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity, usually no more than a few centimetres. It works even if your device is switched off or your battery is drained.

You can use these settings to turn the Proximity service off for Windows and all the applications on your computer.

Each app that uses the Proximity service may have its own settings. Individual settings will have to be managed from the individual apps itself. Here you can only turn ‘on’ or ‘off’ the global Proximity feature.

This tutorial will show how to create or download a shortcut that will open directly to the NFC Proximity settings to turn on or off in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.1 RT.

EXAMPLE: Proximity in Windows 8 and Windows RT

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To Download a "Proximity" Shortcut

Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.


Save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the Proximity shortcut to the desktop.

4. For the first time that you run the shortcut, uncheck the Always ask before opening this file box, and click/tap on Open to unblock the shortcut.

5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.

To Manually Create a "Proximity" Shortcut

1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area of the desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{8060B2E3-C9D7-4A5D-8C6B-CE8EBA111328}

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Type Proximity for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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Right click or press and hold on the new Proximity shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)


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Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

That's it,