Shell Folders – Quick Access

Open a ‘Run’ dialog (Windows Start > Run) and type in the Shell Command listed below or create a shortcut as follows;

C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:Administrative Tools

To get access to common system folders quickly without having to navigate in multiple steps.

 

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 (in 64-bit Windows only)
shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86 C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files (in 64-bit Windows only)
shell:ProgramFilesX64 C:\Program Files (in 64-bit Windows only)
shell:ProgramFilesX86 C:\Program Files (x86) (in 64-bit Windows only)
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:PublicLibraries C:\Users\Public\Libraries
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:UserProfiles C:\Users
shell:UsersFilesFolder C:\Users\User-Name
shell:UsersLibrariesFolder Libraries
shell:VideosLibrary Libraries\Videos
shell:Windows C:\Windows

 

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