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Windows Vista Shell Folders

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  • Started 6 years ago by The Geek
  • Latest reply from manofsteelx21
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thegeek
The Geek
Posts: 2059

You can easily get to various shell folders by entering one of these into the address bar:

shell:AddNewProgramsFolder
shell:Administrative Tools
shell:AppData
shell:AppUpdatesFolder
shell:CD Burning
shell:CSCFolder
shell:Cache
shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder
shell:Common Administrative Tools
shell:Common AppData
shell:Common Desktop
shell:Common Documents
shell:CommonDownloads
shell:CommonMusic
shell:CommonPictures
shell:Common Programs
shell:Common Start Menu
shell:Common Startup
shell:Common Templates
shell:CommonVideo
shell:ConflictFolder
shell:ConnectionsFolder
shell:Contacts
shell:ControlPanelFolder
shell:Cookies
shell:CredentialManager
shell:CryptoKeys
shell:Default Gadgets
shell:Desktop
shell:Downloads
shell:DpapiKeys
shell:Favorites
shell:Fonts
shell:Gadgets
shell:GameTasks
shell:Games
shell:History
shell:InternetFolder
shell:Links
shell:Local AppData
shell:LocalAppDataLow
shell:LocalizedResourcesDir
shell:MAPIFolder
shell:MyComputerFolder
shell:My Music
shell:My Pictures
shell:My Video
shell:NetHood
shell:NetworkPlacesFolder
shell:OEM Links
shell:Original Images
shell:Personal
shell:PhotoAlbums
shell:Playlists
shell:PrintHood
shell:PrintersFolder
shell:Profile
shell:ProgramFiles
shell:ProgramFilesCommon
shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86
shell:ProgramFilesX86
shell:Programs
shell:Public
shell:PublicGameTasks
shell:Quick Launch
shell:Recent
shell:RecycleBinFolder
shell:ResourceDir
shell:SampleMusic
shell:SamplePictures
shell:SamplePlaylists
shell:SampleVideos
shell:SavedGames
shell:SearchHomeFolder
shell:Searches
shell:SendTo
shell:Start Menu
shell:Startup
shell:SyncCenterFolder
shell:SyncResultsFolder
shell:SyncSetupFolder
shell:System
shell:SystemCertificates
shell:SystemX86
shell:Templates
shell:TreePropertiesFolder
shell:UserProfiles
shell:UsersFilesFolder
shell:Windows

Originally posted by Itanium.

Posted 6 years ago
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REMINATOR
Posts: 18

Are there any useful to these shell folders?
My interest to them is that it contains the word shell which remind me of shell32.dll file. I used the shell32 file to change icon appearance. I want to change my game folder to look like one of the game icons but then I realized shell:games is not a dll or file.

Posted 6 years ago
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sbw07
Posts: 21

When I open shell:AppData it opens the Roaming subfolder in AppData. Is there a way to open the AppData shell folder itself?

Also, as with any time you use the Start menu or Run command, capitalization is unnecessary.

Posted 6 years ago
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jd2066
jd2066
Posts: 3814

The appdata folder in the User Profile is just a container folder of the 3 special appdata folders. It isn't a special shell folder in any way.
You should never need to just open it. If you want to though you can use the path shell:UsersFilesFolder\AppData to get there.
I would recommend just using the paths for each of the 3 special appdata folders instead:
Roaming - shell:AppData
Local - shell:Local AppData
LocalLow - shell:LocalAppDataLow

Microsoft should have named shell:AppData something like shell:AppData Roaming instead but they did not.
If I ever get around to making a list of weird things done in Vista for no apparent reason I will add this to it.

Posted 6 years ago
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brian99
Posts: 6

That is a great list! Another thing I had no idea one could access these folders this way.

It would also be appreciated if you could post a list specifically for WinXP for those of us who haven't switched to Vista.

I can't wait for each of your messages; my computer expertise increases with each one.

Thanks for the wonderful and informative newsletter.

BRIAN

Posted 6 years ago
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jd2066
jd2066
Posts: 3814

Since finding out from the other thread that some shell: shortcuts work on I Windows XP I decided to make a list of which work on Windows XP and which require Windows Vista.
I also decided to sort them into categories of Virtual folders, per-machine folders, per-user folders and unopenable folders.
I also added a short description.
It took longer then I thought it would so they don't have the best descriptions.
The list is at http://www.techoddity.com/howt.....shortcuts/

Posted 6 years ago
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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Very nice. Thank you jd. Maybe the Geek could publish them in this format or just refer to the link in one of the daily letters.

Posted 6 years ago
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MilesAhed
Posts: 14

I have Vista search indexing disabled so using the search in the start menu is not an option. If I use a command prompt then stuff like C:>start shell:personal will work but C:>start shell:Quick Launch or C:>start "shell:Quick Launch" or C:>start shell:"Quick Launch" will not. Tried all kinds of quoting. Do you know the trick? Also is it true that Osama bin Laden was the guy who decided to ruin our civilization by allowing spaces in paths in Windows? :)

Posted 5 years ago
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jd2066
jd2066
Posts: 3814

@MilesAhed: You can use explorer "shell:quick launch" and it will work.

Posted 5 years ago
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MilesAhed
Posts: 14

Thanks. No wonder I can't get anyone to try even the smallest command line gadget. :) They see this kind of kludge!! Those spaces are driving me mad!!!

Posted 5 years ago
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manofsteelx21
Posts: 1

How did you get this list?

Posted 4 years ago
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