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How can I make Custom Shell folders in Windows 8.1?

  1. #1


    Seattle, WA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    How can I make Custom Shell folders in Windows 8.1?


    Changing the target location of the various special folders in the user folder like "Documents," "Pictures," etc. is very, very useful, especially when your OS is on an SSD and you're using a hard disk to access your personal files. I'm looking to create my own shell folders that work similarly (like "Books" and "Virtual CDs"), and I was wondering how I could do that.

    I tried using this program, but apparently it doesn't work with 64 bit operating systems.

    I attempted to follow this tutorial by modifying values in this directory [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID] but nothing appeared after I tried it.

    Any ideas? Are Work Folders the new solution and if so do they work similarly?

    Edit: could I add values to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders to add more shell folders?
    Last edited by davidvkimball; 24 Jan 2015 at 02:51.

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Pardon my ignorance, but if you want custom folders, why can't you just create them ?
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  3. #3


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Pardon my ignorance, but if you want custom folders, why can't you just create them ?
    Because you can't map the location to an external drive like you can with shell folders like "Documents." Let me demonstrate:

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  4. #4



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    How about right clicking a library item, such as Desktop, and go to "include in Library" then down to "Create new library"?
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  5. #5


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    How about right clicking a library item, such as Desktop, and go to "include in Library" then down to "Create new library"?
    Good thought, but libraries work differently than shell folders with various programs. For example old programs don't recognize libraries and don't work with them like they do with shell folders.
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I see.
    The new folder has no location tab.
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  7. #7


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I see.
    The new folder has no location tab.
    Precisely. Should I just transition to Libraries fully and ignore the users folders in C: now?
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  8. #8


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by davidvkimball View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I see.
    The new folder has no location tab.
    Precisely. Should I just transition to Libraries fully and ignore the users folders in C: now?
    I think someone else will be able to help you with this.
    On some matters, I am truly ignorant.
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  9. #9


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I think someone else will be able to help you with this.
    On some matters, I am truly ignorant.
    Aren't we all? I'm the one asking the question after all haha. Thank you for your help anyway!
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  10. #10


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Should I just give up on this? :/
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