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    Shell Commands in Windows 8

    Shell Commands in Windows 8
    List of Windows 8 and 8.1 Shell Commands
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    List of Windows 8 and 8.1 Shell Commands

    information   Information
    A shell command can be typed in the Run (Windows+R) dialog, search, File Explorer address bar, and Internet Explorer address bar to open a Windows shell folder.

    This tutorial will show you a list of shell commands that can be used to easily open directly to specific folders in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    The shell commands in red listed in the table below are new to Windows 8.

    Note   Note
    You can find the shell command listed in the Name string value data for each CLSID (GUID) key number at the registry location below.


    Tip   Tip
    How to Use the Shell Commands in Windows 8 and 8.1

    This will show the various ways that you can use either the command of shell commands listed in the table below for the different example locations below.

    • shell:command
    • explorer shell:command

    Shell Command Path of Folder it Opens
    shell:AccountPictures %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures
    shell:AddNewProgramsFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Get Programs
    shell:Administrative Tools C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
    shell:AppData C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming
    shell:AppsFolder Applications
    shell:Application Shortcuts C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts
    shell:AppUpdatesFolder Installed Updates
    shell:Cache C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
    shell:Camera Roll (8.1 only) C:\Users\(user-name)\Pictures\Camera Roll
    shell:CD Burning C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Burn
    shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features
    shell:Common Administrative Tools C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
    shell:Common AppData C:\ProgramData
    shell:Common Desktop C:\Users\Public\Desktop
    shell:Common Documents C:\Users\Public\Documents
    shell:CommonDownloads C:\Users\Public\Downloads
    shell:CommonMusic C:\Users\Public\Music
    shell:CommonPictures C:\Users\Public\Pictures
    shell:Common Programs C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    shell:CommonRingtones C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones
    shell:Common Start Menu C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    shell:Common Startup C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    shell:Common Templates C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
    shell:CommonVideo C:\Users\Public\Videos
    shell:ConflictFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Conflicts
    shell:ConnectionsFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network Connections
    shell:Contacts C:\Users\(user-name)\Contacts
    shell:ControlPanelFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items
    shell:Cookies C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies
    shell:Cookies\Low C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low
    shell:CredentialManager C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Credentials
    shell:CryptoKeys C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto
    shell:desktop Your desktop folder
    shell:device Metadata Store C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceMetadataStore
    shell:documentsLibrary Libraries\Documents
    shell:downloads C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads
    shell:dpapiKeys C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Protect
    shell:Favorites C:\Users\(user-name)\Favorites
    shell:Fonts C:\Windows\Fonts
    shell:Gadgets C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets
    shell:Games Games
    shell:GameTasks C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
    shell:History C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History
    shell:HomeGroupCurrentUserFolder Homegroup folder of current user
    shell:HomeGroupFolder Homegroup
    shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\ImplicitAppShortcuts
    shell:InternetFolder Internet Explorer
    shell:Libraries Libraries
    shell:Links C:\Users\(user-name)\Links
    shell:Local AppData C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local
    shell:LocalAppDataLow C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\LocalLow
    shell:MusicLibrary Libraries\Music
    shell:MyComputerFolder Computer (Windows 8) or This PC (Windows 8.1)
    shell:My Music C:\Users\(user-name)\Music
    shell:My Pictures C:\Users\(user-name)\Pictures
    shell:My Video C:\Users\(user-name)\Videos
    shell:NetHood C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
    shell:NetworkPlacesFolder Network
    shell:Personal C:\Users\(user-name)\Documents
    shell:PicturesLibrary Libraries\Pictures
    shell:PrintersFolder All Control Panel Items\Printers
    shell:PrintHood C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
    shell:Profile C:\Users\(user-name)
    shell:ProgramFiles C:\Program Files
    shell:ProgramFilesCommon C:\Program Files\Common Files
    shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64 C:\Program Files\Common Files (64-bit Windows only)
    shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86 C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files (64-bit Windows only)
    shell:ProgramFilesX86 C:\Program Files (x86) (64-bit Windows only)
    shell:ProgramFilesX64 C:\Program Files (64-bit Windows only)
    shell:Programs C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    shell:Public C:\Public
    shell:PublicAccountPictures C:\Users\Public\AccountPictures
    shell:PublicGameTasks C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
    shell:PublicLibraries C:\Users\Public\Libraries
    shell:Quick Launch C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
    shell:Recent C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    shell:RecordedTVLibrary Libraries\Recorded TV
    shell:RecycleBinFolder Recycle Bin
    shell:ResourceDir C:\Windows\Resources
    shell:Ringtones C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones
    shell:Roamed Tile Images C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\RoamedTileImages
    shell:Roaming Tiles C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\RoamingTiles
    shell:SavedGames C:\Users\(user-name)\Saved Games
    shell:Screenshots (8.1 only) C:\Users\(user-name)\Pictures\Screenshots
    shell:Searches C:\Users\(user-name)\Searches
    shell:SearchHomeFolder search-ms:
    shell:SendTo C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
    shell:SkyDrive (8.1 only) SkyDrive shell folder
    shell:SkyDriveCameraRoll (8.1 only) C:\Users\(user-name)\SkyDrive\Pictures\Camera Roll
    shell:SkyDriveDocuments (8.1 only) C:\Users\(user-name)\SkyDrive\Documents
    shell:SkyDrivePictures (8.1 only) C:\Users\(user-name)\SkyDrive\Pictures
    shell:Start Menu C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    shell:Startup C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    shell:SyncCenterFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center
    shell:SyncResultsFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Sync Results
    shell:SyncSetupFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Sync Setup
    shell:System C:\Windows\System32
    shell:SystemX86 C:\Windows\SysWOW64
    shell:SystemCertificates C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SystemCertificates
    shell:Templates C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
    shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder (8.1 only) Desktop
    shell:User Pinned C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned
    shell:UserProfiles C:\Users
    shell:UsersFilesFolder C:\Users\(user-name)
    shell:UsersFilesFolder\Desktop C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop
    shell:UsersLibrariesFolder Libraries
    shell:VideosLibrary Libraries\Videos
    shell:Windows C:\Windows

    That's it,

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    win 8 CP

    Thanks a lot

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    64-bit Windows 10

    You're most welcome myluck, and welcome to Eight Forums.
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    Many if not most of those don't work in Windows 8 RTM (I just went through the list and tested about 10, none of which worked). I assume those were good for Developer/Consumer previews.
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    The Contemplator
    Doncaster, UK
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    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    Which ones?
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    Here are some that were tested and did not work:

    Administrative Tools
    Common Desktop
    Common Video
    Roaming Tiles

    However, the following all seem to work (at least the ones I tested): CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts List for Windows 8
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by beems View Post
    Here are some that were tested and did not work:

    Administrative Tools
    Common Desktop
    Common Video
    Roaming Tiles

    However, the following all seem to work (at least the ones I tested): CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts List for Windows 8

    Some of them require using either shell: or explorer shell: from the yellow TIP box at the top in tutorial.

    For example, this works with those you posted.

    explorer shell:Administrative Tools
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    The Contemplator
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    They all seem to work for me. However, Common Video opens up My Documents
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
    They all seem to work for me. However, Common Video opens up My Documents
    Hey Guy,

    That should be one word instead.



    explorer shell:CommonVideo
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    The Contemplator
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    Thanks, Shawn. I just copied them as he had written them.
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