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Shell Commands in Windows 8

  1. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    All fixed. CLSIDs removed to only be here below instead now.

    CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts List for Windows 8

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  2. #11


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    Windows 8 Pro


    This is the shell for all control panel items: shell:ControlPanelFolder

    How do I run the .dll command? thanks...
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  3. #12


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello rdwray,

    Not sure about the .dll, but you could also use the GUID number for it if you like.

    Control Panel Icons View Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Support Forums
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  4. #13


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello rdwray,

    Not sure about the .dll, but you could also use the GUID number for it if you like.

    Control Panel Icons View Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Support Forums
    Thanks Brink...
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  5. #14


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.
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  6. #15


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 upgrade from Windows 8.0


    I am looking for a CLSID or GUID for the special folder "Recent Items", but fail to find one anywhere in any of your superb lists on EightForums or on SevenForums. I can see the path in File Explorer which is:
    C:\Users\Alex\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent.

    Goal is, with CLSID to create a mouse-sensitive cascading folder entry that behaves like in the classic Start Menus, but in Windows 8!
    by making a new folder (eg. on Desktop) with name: Recent Items.{CLSID}.
    This works like a dream for:
    "Recent Places.{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}" as the new folder name, and for others like
    "Network.{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}".
    They can be attached to the Taskbar, and even appear in File Explorer's addressbar-drop-down paths. Brilliant for productivity-gains.
    If this works, the classic single-access to "My Documents" (including other recent items) could be resurrected in Windows 8!

    Searching my Windows 8.1 registry for "Recent" for CLSID of Windows special folders, I find here:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\
    CLSID {AE50C081-EBD2-438A-8655-8A092E34987A} for the correct "Recent" folder and path, but creating a new folder name for:
    "Recent Items.{AE50C081-EBD2-438A-8655-8A092E34987A}"
    or any variant in Run does not work.

    Any ideas?

    PS
    Thanks for the great info, BTW.
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  7. #16


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    SwahiliWizz take a look here: KNOWNFOLDERID (Windows)

    FOLDERID_Recent

    GUID{AE50C081-EBD2-438A-8655-8A092E34987A}
    Display Name Recent Items

    Folder TypePERUSER

    Default Path%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    CSIDL Equivalent CSIDL_RECENT
    Legacy Display Name My Recent Documents

    Legacy Default Path
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  8. #17


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello SwahiliWizz,

    If you like, you might see if you could use the path for the "Recent Items" shortcut in the tutorial below. This will work in any user account or PC.

    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent


    Recent Items Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  9. #18


    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8


    If you want the cascading view, that's a "Toolbar."
    You don't need to create a folder or a shortcut, or worry about the CLSID.
    Just right-click the Taskbar, select "Toolbars > New Toolbar" and navigate to AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows,
    then click once on the "Recent" folder and click "Select Folder."
    If you don't see AppData, set File Explorer to show "hidden folders."
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  10. #19


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 upgrade from Windows 8.0


    Thanks for feedback, all ! Reply in order:
    rdwray, It is impossible on my Win81 system to make a New Folder on the Desktop, naming it "New Recent Items.{AE50C081-EBD2-438A-8655-8A092E34987A}", the system rejects it. You missed my question.
    Brink, sorry, you can't put required path-characters in "
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent into the New Folder name with just mentioned syntax, for a cascading Desktop folder, only for the target of a New Shortcut.
    Dragon Drop, I agree. Only I think I used to see that folder, but now, it is not visible when I "navigate" visually using the mouse to %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows. There is no "Recent" folder listed. I ticked on View, show "Hidden Items", I even tick off View, Advanced Settings, "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)", but the "Recent" folder is still hidden.
    You can, however, navigate by entering "recent" or the path you quoted directly into the address bar, which takes you there.
    This makes a mouse-click-Toolbar ">>" to the left of the Taskbar only for the Recent Items folder. It does not mouse-over cascade!

    My aim, however, was to add an extra a mouse-over cascading "Recent Items" folder in the standard Windows containers (Dektop, This PC), like the standard {userfolder} already has for the Favorites/Favourites in the Navigation pane, slyly called the "Links" folder. As a Taskbar toolbar, the Desktop container has other cascading items, by default. Since "My Documents" no longer exists, and is now split onto pinned lists per programme, "Recent Items" and "Recent Places" are the only available MRU-lists, and are vital for productivity.

    So, Dragon drop. How to create an extra cascading item for Recent Items in the Desktop or the This PCtoolbar listings, which mouse-over cascades, in addition to default, and already cascading entries?
    PS. Copy-paste or drag-drop of the once-found "Recent Items" folder from address bar in "New Toolbar - Choose a folder" to the Desktop, creates a Shortcut, not a Folder File!
    1. Why is my Recent Items folder in my userpath not visible in "New Toolbar - Choose a folder? (see attach1)
    NB. Recent Items folder is visible as a normal File Explorer window item for the identical path.

    2. How to create a cascading menu item for Recent Items in the Desktop toolbar on your Taskbar?Click image for larger version
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