Shell Commands to Access the Special Folders in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

The shell: command can be used to open a special folder directly from the Start, Search menu or from the Run dialog. For example, the command shell:sendto opens the SendTo folder (%userprofile%\sendto) of your user profile. To launch the Documents folder of your user profile, you’d type shell:Personal. Below is a complete shell: commands listing for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. The entire listing is stored in the following registry key in Windows Vista and higher:

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

Credits to Keith Miller for this tip.



Complete list of Shell: commands in Windows 10

There are 22 new shell commands for Windows 10. The "SkyDrive…" stuff becomes "OneDrive…", and the earlier format is dropped in Windows 10. The new additions to Windows 10 are highlighted thereby.

  • shell:AccountPictures
  • shell:Roaming Tiles
  • shell:Common Programs
  • shell:PublicAccountPictures
  • shell:GameTasks
  • shell:UserProfiles
  • shell:MyComputerFolder
  • shell:SearchHistoryFolder
  • shell:Local Pictures
  • shell:SyncSetupFolder
  • shell:DpapiKeys
  • shell:Retail Demo
  • shell:Favorites
  • shell:My Video
  • shell:SearchHomeFolder
  • shell:RecordedTVLibrary
  • shell:System
  • shell:Libraries
  • shell:ThisDeviceFolder
  • shell:AppsFolder
  • shell:MusicLibrary
  • shell:CommonVideo
  • shell:OneDriveDocuments
  • shell:SyncResultsFolder
  • shell:Cookies
  • shell:CameraRollLibrary
  • shell:Original Images
  • shell:Recorded Calls
  • shell:3D Objects
  • shell:CommonMusic
  • shell:OneDrivePictures
  • shell:My Pictures
  • shell:Cache
  • shell:Local Videos
  • shell:Downloads
  • shell:SavedPictures
  • shell:CommonDownloads
  • shell:AppData
  • shell:SyncCenterFolder
  • shell:PublicLibraries
  • shell:VideosLibrary
  • shell:My Music
  • shell:ConflictFolder
  • shell:SavedGames
  • shell:InternetFolder
  • shell:HomeGroupFolder
  • shell:Quick Launch
  • shell:SystemCertificates
  • shell:Contacts
  • shell:UserProgramFiles
  • shell:Device Metadata Store
  • shell:Profile
  • shell:Start Menu
  • shell:Common AppData
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64
  • shell:PhotoAlbums
  • shell:ProgramFilesX64
  • shell:ConnectionsFolder
  • shell:Administrative Tools
  • shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder
  • shell:OneDriveCameraRoll
  • shell:PrintersFolder
  • shell:DocumentsLibrary
  • shell:ProgramFilesX86
  • shell:Searches
  • shell:Local Downloads
  • shell:SearchTemplatesFolder
  • shell:Common Startup
  • shell:ControlPanelFolder
  • shell:SendTo
  • shell:ResourceDir
  • shell:ProgramFiles
  • shell:CredentialManager
  • shell:PrintHood
  • shell:MAPIFolder
  • shell:HomeGroupCurrentUserFolder
  • shell:User Pinned
  • shell:CD Burning
  • shell:Local Music
  • shell:UsersLibrariesFolder
  • shell:AppUpdatesFolder
  • shell:Application Shortcuts
  • shell:Common Start Menu
  • shell:Common Start Menu Places
  • shell:LocalAppDataLow
  • shell:OneDrive
  • shell:Templates
  • shell:Programs
  • shell:PicturesLibrary
  • shell:Roamed Tile Images
  • shell:Camera Roll
  • shell:Recent
  • shell:Desktop
  • shell:Virtual Machines
  • shell:CommonPictures
  • shell:RecycleBinFolder
  • shell:Screenshots
  • shell:CryptoKeys
  • shell:Common Templates
  • shell:Startup
  • shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts
  • shell:UserProgramFilesCommon
  • shell:Links
  • shell:OEM Links
  • shell:OneDriveMusic
  • shell:Common Desktop
  • shell:NetHood
  • shell:Ringtones
  • shell:Games
  • shell:Common Administrative Tools
  • shell:NetworkPlacesFolder
  • shell:SystemX86
  • shell:History
  • shell:Development Files
  • shell:AddNewProgramsFolder
  • shell:Playlists
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86
  • shell:PublicGameTasks
  • shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder
  • shell:Public
  • shell:SavedPicturesLibrary
  • shell:CommonRingtones
  • shell:Common Documents
  • shell:Captures
  • shell:CSCFolder
  • shell:Local AppData
  • shell:StartMenuAllPrograms
  • shell:Windows
  • shell:UsersFilesFolder
  • shell:Local Documents
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommon
  • shell:Fonts
  • shell:Personal

Complete list of Shell: commands in Windows 8

  • shell:AccountPictures
  • shell:Roaming Tiles
  • shell:Common Programs
  • shell:PublicAccountPictures
  • shell:GameTasks
  • shell:UserProfiles
  • shell:MyComputerFolder
  • shell:SearchHistoryFolder
  • shell:SyncSetupFolder
  • shell:DpapiKeys
  • shell:Favorites
  • shell:My Video
  • shell:SearchHomeFolder
  • shell:RecordedTVLibrary
  • shell:System
  • shell:Libraries
  • shell:ThisDeviceFolder
  • shell:AppsFolder
  • shell:MusicLibrary
  • shell:CommonVideo
  • shell:SkyDriveDocuments
  • shell:SyncResultsFolder
  • shell:Cookies
  • shell:Original Images
  • shell:CommonMusic
  • shell:SkyDrivePictures
  • shell:My Pictures
  • shell:Cache
  • shell:Downloads
  • shell:CommonDownloads
  • shell:AppData
  • shell:SyncCenterFolder
  • shell:PublicLibraries
  • shell:VideosLibrary
  • shell:My Music
  • shell:ConflictFolder
  • shell:SavedGames
  • shell:InternetFolder
  • shell:HomeGroupFolder
  • shell:Quick Launch
  • shell:SystemCertificates
  • shell:Contacts
  • shell:UserProgramFiles
  • shell:Device Metadata Store
  • shell:Profile
  • shell:Start Menu
  • shell:Common AppData
  • shell:PhotoAlbums
  • shell:ConnectionsFolder
  • shell:Administrative Tools
  • shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder
  • shell:SkyDriveCameraRoll
  • shell:PrintersFolder
  • shell:DocumentsLibrary
  • shell:ProgramFilesX86
  • shell:Searches
  • shell:SearchTemplatesFolder
  • shell:Common Startup
  • shell:ControlPanelFolder
  • shell:SendTo
  • shell:ResourceDir
  • shell:ProgramFiles
  • shell:CredentialManager
  • shell:PrintHood
  • shell:MAPIFolder
  • shell:HomeGroupCurrentUserFolder
  • shell:User Pinned
  • shell:CD Burning
  • shell:UsersLibrariesFolder
  • shell:AppUpdatesFolder
  • shell:Application Shortcuts
  • shell:Common Start Menu
  • shell:LocalAppDataLow
  • shell:OneDrive
  • shell:Templates
  • shell:Programs
  • shell:PicturesLibrary
  • shell:Roamed Tile Images
  • shell:Camera Roll
  • shell:Recent
  • shell:Desktop
  • shell:CommonPictures
  • shell:RecycleBinFolder
  • shell:Screenshots
  • shell:CryptoKeys
  • shell:Common Templates
  • shell:Startup
  • shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts
  • shell:UserProgramFilesCommon
  • shell:Links
  • shell:OEM Links
  • shell:SkyDriveMusic
  • shell:Common Desktop
  • shell:NetHood
  • shell:Ringtones
  • shell:Games
  • shell:Common Administrative Tools
  • shell:NetworkPlacesFolder
  • shell:SystemX86
  • shell:History
  • shell:AddNewProgramsFolder
  • shell:Playlists
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86
  • shell:PublicGameTasks
  • shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder
  • shell:Public
  • shell:CommonRingtones
  • shell:Common Documents
  • shell:CSCFolder
  • shell:Local AppData
  • shell:StartMenuAllPrograms
  • shell:Windows
  • shell:UsersFilesFolder
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommon
  • shell:Fonts
  • shell:Personal

New Shell: commands in Windows 7

In addition to most of the shell commands in Windows Vista, Windows 7 also has these new commands in addition:



  • shell:Libraries
  • shell:MusicLibrary
  • shell:VideosLibrary
  • shell:OtherUsersFolder
  • shell:Device Metadata Store
  • shell:PublicSuggestedLocations
  • shell:SuggestedLocations
  • shell:RecordedTVLibrary
  • shell:UserProgramFiles
  • shell:DocumentsLibrary
  • shell:User Pinned
  • shell:UsersLibrariesFolder
  • shell:PicturesLibrary
  • shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts
  • shell:UserProgramFilesCommon
  • shell:Ringtones
  • shell:CommonRingtones

shell: commands in Windows Vista

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

shell: commands in Windows XP

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

3 thoughts on “Shell Commands to Access the Special Folders in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

  1. Bonjour,

    Merci pour ces informations,

    Peux-je savoir le chemin pour lancer Excel à partir d’une application ACCESS sous Widows 7 ?

    Merci d’avance

  2. amazing article buddy! I have been using computers for quite some time now, but never knew about this feature. thanks a ton for sharing this.

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