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 7/XP/Vista. The entire listing is stored in the following registry key in Windows 7 & Vista:

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

Credits to MS-MVP Keith Miller for this tip.

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

Email SubscriptionPrefer an E-mail subscription?

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

3 Comments

  1. jason404
    said this on Thursday, November 8th 2012 4:39 pm

    Ramesh, are there any additional locations in Windows 8?

  2. Souma
    said this on Friday, August 17th 2012 3:36 pm

    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

  3. Mandeep Singh Bhatia
    said this on Friday, July 16th 2010 5:08 pm

    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.

Leave a Reply