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.



From Windows 10 v1903 19H1 Build 18362.116

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

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:


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  • 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

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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