Useful Windows Shell: Commands

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Having performed years of remote support, sometimes a quick short cut get things done much faster than mouse navigation.  One item that I use is the shell: command.

 

The shell command opens up a particular windows explorer folder, this is useful when trying to determine what the operating system is using for default folders.  I use this commonly for getting to a location and seeing what files exist or changing particular parameters.  The shell command can also be useful when writing scripts or other automation tasks.Run

 

The list below has been tested on Windows 8.1.  It may not be a complete list of shell commands.  To get the command to function (in Windows 8.1), open a run dialog by right clicking on start,  select run, paste or type in the shell command and click ok.

 

An alternative method is to open a cmd prompt and type the command.  When utilized this way cmd needs to know that it is targeted at windows explorer.  Each Shell Command must have explorer added to the beginning.  For example c:>explorer shell:command  is the same as opening a Run dialog and typing shell:command.

 

I have highlighted the few that I found new in Windows 8.1 in red.

 

shell:AccountPictures                               C:Users(Current-UserAccountPictures

shell:AddNewProgramsFolder                Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsGet Programs

shell:AppData                                             C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoaming

shell:AppsFolder                                        Applications

shell:Application Shortcuts                      C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsApplication Shortcuts

shell:AppUpdatesFolder                           Installed Updates

shell:Cache                                                  C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files

shell:CD Burning                                         C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsBurnBurn

shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder    Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsPrograms and Features

shell:Common Administrative Tools        C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsAdministrative Tools

shell:Common AppData                             C:ProgramData

shell:Common Desktop                             C:UsersPublicDesktop

shell:Common Documents                       C:UsersPublicDocuments

shell:CommonDownloads                         C:UsersPublicDownloads

shell:CommonMusic                                   C:UsersPublicMusic

shell:CommonPictures                               C:UsersPublicPictures

shell:Common Programs                           C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

shell:CommonRingtones                           C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsRingtones

shell:Common Start Menu                        C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart Menu

shell:Common Startup                               C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup

shell:Common Templates                          C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsTemplates

shell:CommonVideo                                   C:UsersPublicVideos

shell:ConflictFolder                                     Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsSync CenterConflicts

shell:ConnectionsFolder                           Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsNetwork Connections

shell:Contacts                                              C:Users(Current-User)Contacts

shell:ControlPanelFolder                           Control PanelAll Control Panel Items

shell:Cookies                                               C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsINetCookies

shell:CookiesLow                                      C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsINetCookiesLow

shell:CredentialManager                           C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftCredentials

shell:CryptoKeys                                         C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftCrypto

shell:desktop                                               Current-User desktop folder

shell:device Metadata Store                     C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsDeviceMetadataStore

shell:documentsLibrary                             Current-User LibrariesDocuments

shell:downloads                                          C:Users(Current-User)Downloads

shell:dpapiKeys                                           C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftProtect

shell:Favorites                                             C:Users(Current-User)Favorites

shell:Fonts                                                   C:WindowsFonts

shell:Games                                                Current-User Games

shell:GameTasks                                        C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsGameExplorer

shell:History                                               C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsHistory

shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts                       C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick LaunchUser PinnedImplicitAppShortcuts

shell:InternetFolder                                   Opens a new Internet Explorer

shell:Libraries                                              Libraries - Useful in Windows 8.1 since Microsoft hid this folder

shell:Links                                                    C:Users(Current-User)Links

shell:Local AppData                                   C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocal

shell:LocalAppDataLow                             C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocalLow

shell:MusicLibrary                                      LibrariesMusic

shell:MyComputerFolder                          Opens "This PC"

shell:My Music                                            C:Users(Current-User)Music

shell:My Pictures                                        C:Users(Current-User)Pictures

shell:My Video                                            C:Users(Current-User)Videos

shell:NetHood                                            C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsNetwork Shortcuts

shell:NetworkPlacesFolder                      "Network"

shell:Personal                                             C:Users(Current-User)Documents

shell:PicturesLibrary                                  LibrariesPictures

shell:PrintersFolder                                   All Control Panel ItemsPrinters

shell:PrintHood                                         C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsPrinter Shortcuts

shell:Profile                                                C:Users(Current-User)

shell:ProgramFiles                                    C:Program Files

shell:ProgramFilesCommon                    C:Program FilesCommon Files

shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64              C:Program FilesCommon 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(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

shell:Public                                                  C:Public

shell:PublicAccountPictures                     C:UsersPublicAccountPictures

shell:PublicGameTasks                             C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsGameExplorer

shell:PublicLibraries                                  C:UsersPublicLibraries

shell:Quick Launch                                    C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch

shell:Recent                                                C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsRecent

shell:RecycleBinFolder                              Recycle Bin

shell:ResourceDir                                      C:WindowsResources

shell:Ringtones                                          C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsRingtones

shell:Roaming Tiles                                   C:Users(Current-User)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsRoamingTiles

shell:SavedGames                                     C:Users(Current-User)Saved Games

shell:Searches                                            C:Users(Current-User)Searches

shell:SearchHomeFolder                          Search Results window opens.

shell:SendTo                                               C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsSendTo

shell:SkyDrive                                            SkyDrive shell folder

shell:SkyDriveDocuments                       C:Users(Current-User)SkyDriveDocuments

shell:Start Menu                                       C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart Menu

shell:Startup                                             C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup

shell:SyncCenterFolder                          Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsSync Center

shell:SyncResultsFolder                         Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsSync CenterSync Results

shell:SyncSetupFolder                            Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsSync CenterSync Setup

shell:System                                             C:WindowsSystem32

shell:SystemX86                                      C:WindowsSysWOW64

shell:SystemCertificates                         C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftSystemCertificates

shell:Templates                                        C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsTemplates

shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder                    Desktop

shell:User Pinned                                    C:Users(Current-User)AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick LaunchUser Pinned

shell:UserProfiles                                    C:Users

shell:UsersFilesFolder                            C:Users(Current-User)

shell:UsersFilesFolderDesktop            C:Users(Current-User)Desktop

shell:UsersLibrariesFolder                     Libraries

shell:VideosLibrary                                  LibrariesVideos

shell:Windows                                          C:Windows

 

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