Access special folders easily using the shell command

1 November 2008 by Snakefoot | Comment » | Trackback Off
Microsoft Windows has many special folders. The location of these folders are dependent on what user is logged in, and where the Windows operating system is installed.

It is possible to use the shell: keyword as a shortcut to easy access these folders. Executing this command from the Start Menu will open the "Send To"-folder of the current user:

shell:sendto

Related Create special folders where you want them

List of available shell commands for Windows Vista/2008:

shell:AddNewProgramsFolder
shell:Administrative Tools
shell:AppData
shell:AppUpdatesFolder
shell:CD Burning
shell:CSCFolder
shell:Cache
shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder
shell:Common Administrative Tools
shell:Common AppData
shell:Common Desktop
shell:Common Documents
shell:Common Programs
shell:Common Start Menu
shell:Common Startup
shell:Common Templates
shell:CommonDownloads
shell:CommonMusic
shell:CommonPictures
shell:CommonVideo
shell:ConflictFolder
shell:ConnectionsFolder
shell:Contacts
shell:ControlPanelFolder
shell:Cookies
shell:CredentialManager
shell:CryptoKeys
shell:Default Gadgets
shell:Desktop
shell:Downloads
shell:DpapiKeys
shell:Favorites
shell:Fonts
shell:Gadgets
shell:GameTasks
shell:Games
shell:History
shell:InternetFolder
shell:Links
shell:Local AppData
shell:LocalAppDataLow
shell:LocalizedResourcesDir
shell:MAPIFolder
shell:My Music
shell:My Pictures
shell:My Video
shell:MyComputerFolder
shell:NetHood
shell:NetworkPlacesFolder
shell:OEM Links
shell:Original Images
shell:Personal
shell:PhotoAlbums
shell:Playlists
shell:PrintHood
shell:PrintersFolder
shell:Profile
shell:ProgramFiles
shell:ProgramFilesCommon
shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86
shell:ProgramFilesX86
shell:Programs
shell:Public
shell:PublicGameTasks
shell:Quick Launch
shell:Recent
shell:RecycleBinFolder
shell:ResourceDir
shell:SampleMusic
shell:SamplePictures
shell:SamplePlaylists
shell:SampleVideos
shell:SavedGames
shell:SearchHomeFolder
shell:Searches
shell:SendTo
shell:Start Menu
shell:Startup
shell:SyncCenterFolder
shell:SyncResultsFolder
shell:SyncSetupFolder
shell:System
shell:SystemCertificates
shell:SystemX86
shell:Templates
shell:TreePropertiesFolder
shell:UserProfiles
shell:UsersFilesFolder
shell:Windows

List of available shell commands for Windows XP/2003:

shell:Administrative Tools
shell:AppData
shell:CD Burning
shell:Cache
shell:Common Administrative Tools
shell:Common AppData
shell:Common Desktop
shell:Common Documents
shell:Common Programs
shell:Common Start Menu
shell:Common Startup
shell:Common Templates
shell:CommonPictures
shell:CommonVideo
shell:ConnectionsFolder
shell:ControlPanelFolder
shell:Cookies
shell:Desktop
shell:Favorites
shell:Fonts
shell:History
shell:InternetFolder
shell:Local AppData
shell:LocalizedResourcesDir
shell:My Music
shell:My Pictures
shell:My Video
shell:NetHood
shell:Personal
shell:PrintHood
shell:PrintersFolder
shell:Profile
shell:ProgramFiles
shell:Programs
shell:Recent
shell:RecycleBinFolder
shell:ResourceDir
shell:SendTo
shell:Start Menu
shell:Startup
shell:System
shell:SystemX86
shell:Templates
shell:Windows

List of available shell commands for Windows 2000:

shell:Administrative Tools
shell:AppData
shell:Common Administrative Tools
shell:Common AppData
shell:Common Desktop
shell:Common Documents
shell:Common Favorites
shell:Common Menu
shell:Common Programs
shell:Common Startup
shell:Common Templates
shell:CommonProgramFiles
shell:ConnectionsFolder
shell:ControlPanelFolder
shell:Cookies
shell:Desktop
shell:DesktopFolder
shell:DriveFolder
shell:Favorites
shell:Fonts
shell:History
shell:InternetFolder
shell:Local AppData
shell:Menu
shell:My Pictures
shell:NetHood
shell:NetworkFolder
shell:Personal
shell:PrintHood
shell:PrintersFolder
shell:Profile
shell:ProgramFiles
shell:Programs
shell:Recent
shell:RecycleBinFolder
shell:SendTo
shell:Startup
shell:System
shell:SystemX86
shell:Templates
shell:Windows

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Updated: 27 November 2008

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