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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Windows 7 Shell Commands




How to See and Use a List of All Windows 7 Shell Commands

Information

This article will show you a list of Windows 7 Shell commands that can be used to open certain special folders directly from the Start menu or Run dialog window.




Tip
You can find the shell commands listed at this registry location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\FolderDescriptions

Note
The Shell commands that are new in Windows 7 from Vista are bolded in red.

Here's How:

1. Open the Start menu and type in the shell command in bold below for the folder that you want to open, then press Enter. (See screenshot below)



            OR

    2. Open the Run dialog window, and type in the shell command in bold below for the folder that you want to open, then press Enter. (See screenshot below)



Shell Command
Path of Folder it Opens
shell:AddNewProgramsFolder
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Get Programs
shell:Administrative Tools
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
shell:AppData
hidden C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming
shell:AppUpdatesFolder
Installed Updates
shell:Cache
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
shell:CD Burning
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Burn
shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features
shell:Common Administrative Tools
hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
shell:Common AppData
hidden C:\ProgramData
shell:Common Desktop
C:\Users\Public\Desktop
shell:Common Documents
C:\Users\Public\Documents
shell:CommonDownloads
C:\Users\Public\Downloads
shell:CommonMusic
C:\Users\Public\Music
shell:CommonPictures
C:\Users\Public\Pictures
shell:Common Programs
hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
shell:CommonRingtones
hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones
shell:Common Start Menu
hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
shell:Common Startup
hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
shell:Common Templates
hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
shell:CommonVideo
C:\Users\Public\Videos
shell:ConflictFolder
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Conflicts
shell:ConnectionsFolder
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network Connections
shell:Contacts
C:\Users\User-Name\Contacts
shell:ControlPanelFolder
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items
shell:Cookies
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies
shell:Cookies\Low
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low
shell:CredentialManager
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Credentials
shell:CryptoKeys
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto
shell:default Gadgets
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets
shell:desktop
C:\Users\User-Name\Desktop
shell:device Metadata Store
hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceMetadataStore
shell:documentsLibrary
Libraries\Documents
shell:downloads
C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads
shell:dpapiKeys
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Protect
shell:Favorites
C:\Users\User-Name\Favorites
shell:Fonts
C:\Windows\Fonts
shell:Gadgets
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets
shell:Games
Games
shell:GameTasks
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
shell:History
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History
Shell:HomeGroupFolder
Homegroup
shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\ImplicitAppShortcuts
shell:InternetFolder
32-bit Internet Explorer.
shell:Links
C:\Users\User-Name\Links
shell:Libraries
Libraries
shell:Local AppData
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local
shell:LocalAppDataLow
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\LocalLow
shell:MusicLibrary
Libraries\Music
shell:My Music
C:\Users\User-Name\Music
shell:My Pictures
C:\Users\User-Name\Pictures
shell:My Video
C:\Users\User-Name\Videos
shell:MyComputerFolder
Computer
shell:NetHood
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
shell:NetworkPlacesFolder
Network
shell:Personal
C:\Users\User-Name\Documents
shell:PicturesLibrary
Libraries\Pictures
shell:PrintersFolder
All Control Panel Items\Printers
shell:PrintHood
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
shell:Profile
C:\Users\User-Name
shell:ProgramFiles
C:\Program Files
shell:ProgramFilesCommon
C:\Program Files\Common Files
shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64
C:\Program Files\Common Files
shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files
shell:ProgramFilesX64
C:\Program Files
shell:ProgramFilesX86
C:\Program Files (x86)
shell:Programs
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
shell:Public
C:\Public
shell:PublicGameTasks
hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
shell:PublicSuggestedLocations
C:\Users\Public\Library\PublicSuggestedLocations
shell:Quick Launch
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
shell:Recent
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
shell:RecycleBinFolder
Recycle Bin
shell:ResourceDir
C:\Windows\Resources
shell:Ringtones
hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones
shell:SampleMusic
C:\Users\Public\Music\Sample Music
shell:SamplePictures
C:\Users\Public\Pictures\Sample Pictures
shell:SampleVideos
C:\Users\Public\Videos\Sample Videos
shell:SavedGames
C:\Users\User-Name\Saved Games
shell:Searches
C:\Users\User-Name\Searches
shell:SearchHomeFolder
search-ms:
shell:SendTo
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
shell:Start Menu
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
shell:Startup
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
shell:SyncCenterFolder
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center
shell:SyncResultsFolder
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Sync Results
shell:SyncSetupFolder
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Sync Setup
shell:System
C:\Windows\System32
shell:SystemCertificates
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SystemCertificates
shell:SystemX86
C:\Windows\SysWOW64
shell:Templates
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
shell:User Pinned
hidden C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned
shell:UsersFilesFolder
C:\Users\User-Name
shell:UsersLibrariesFolder
Libraries
shell:VideosLibrary
Libraries\Videos
shell:Windows
C:\Windows

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