Windows Shell Commands

In my last article, I talked about a quick way to see all your installed applications using the Windows shell command, Shell:appsfolder.  Shell commands have been around as long as Windows has and there are now quite a number of them.  You can use them to open folders, display the Control Panel, see your pictures and videos, and a good deal more.  They all work by typing shell:<SomeFriendlyName> into the Run dialog box (more on that later).  In addition to the Run box, they can also be launched from the File Explorer by entering them into the Address Bar, and from both a Command Prompt and PowerShell by typing Start and following it with the shell command.

Here’s a list of them:

“shell:AccountPictures” Accesses your Windows 10 account pictures folder
“shell:AddNewProgramsFolder”  Adds a new program folder.
“shell:Administrative Tools”  Accesses administrative tools folder.
“shell:AppData”  Accesses AppData folder in the Windows 10 system.
“shell:Application Shortcuts”  Accesses Application Shortcuts folder.
“shell:AppsFolder”  Accesses the Apps Folder.
“shell:AppUpdatesFolder”  Accesses the Apps updates folder.
“shell:Cache”  Accesses the Cache folder.
“shell:Camera Roll”  Access camera roll folder.
“shell:CD Burning”  Accesses the temporary burn folder.
“shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder”  Accesses the Remove/Change program folder.
“shell:Common Administrative Tools”  Accesses the Administrative Tools folder.
“shell:Common AppData”  Accesses the Common AppData folder.
“shell:Common Desktop”  Accesses the public desktop folder.
“shell:Common Documents”  Accesses Public Documents folder.
“shell:Common Programs”  Accesses Programs folder.
“shell:Common Start Menu”  Accesses the start menu folder.
“shell:Common Startup”  Accesses Startup folder situated in t he Windows 10 system.
“shell:Common Templates”  Accesses “Common Templates” folder.
“shell:CommonDownloads”  Accesses Downloads folder.
“shell:CommonMusic”  Accesses the music folder.
“shell:CommonPictures”  Accesses “Pictures” folder.
“shell:CommonRingtones”  Accesses the ringtones folder.
“shell:CommonVideo”  Accesses the public “Video” folder.
“shell:ConflictFolder”  Accesses the “Conflict” folder in the Windows 10 system.
“shell:ConnectionsFolder”  Opens up the connections folder
“shell:Contacts”  Opens the Contact folder
“shell:ControlPanelFolder”  Opens the Control panel folder.
“shell:Cookies”  Opens the Cookies folder.
“shell:CredentialManager”  Opens the Credential manager feature.
“shell:CryptoKeys”  Opens up the Crypto keys folder
“shell:CSCFolder”  Opens the CSC Folder.
“shell:Desktop”  Opens up the Desktop folder.
“shell:Device Metadata Store”  Opens the metadata store folder.
“shell:DocumentsLibrary”  Opens the Documents Library folder
“shell:Downloads”  Opens the Downloads folder
“shell:DpapiKeys”  Opens the DpapiKeys folder
“shell:Favorites”  Opens the Favorites folder.
“shell:Fonts”  Opens the Fonts folder.
“shell:Games”  Opens the Games folder.
“shell:GameTasks”  Opens the Game Tasks folder
“shell:History”  Opens the History folder
“shell:HomeGroupCurrentUserFolder”  Opens the HomeGroup folder for the current user.
“shell:HomeGroupFolder”  Opens HomeGroup folder.
“shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts”  Opens the Implicit Apps shortcut folder.
“shell:InternetFolder”  Opens Internet Folder.
“shell:Libraries”  Opens Libraries folder.
“shell:Links”  Opens the Links folder.
“shell:Local AppData”  Opens Local AppData folder.
“shell:LocalAppDataLow”  Opens Local AppDataLow folder.
“shell:LocalizedResourcesDir”  Opens LocalizedResources folder.
“shell:MAPIFolder”  Opens MAPI folder.
“shell:MusicLibrary”  Opens LusicLibrary folder.
“shell:My Music”  Opens My Music folder.
“shell:My Video”  Opens My Video folder.
“shell:MyComputerFolder”  Opens MyComputer folder.
“shell:NetHood”  Opens NetHood folder.
“shell:NetworkPlacesFolder”  Opens NetworkPlaces folder.
“shell:OEM Links”  Opens OEM Links folder.
“shell:OneDrive”  Opens OneDrive folder in Windows 10
“shell:Original Images”  Opens Original Images folder.
“shell:Personal”  Opens Personal folder.
“shell:PhotoAlbums”  Opens PhotoAlbums folder.
“shell:PicturesLibrary”  opens PicturesLibrary folder.
“shell:Playlists”  Opens Playlists folder.
“shell:PrintersFolder”  Opens Printer folder.
“shell:PrintHood”  Opens PrintHood folder.
“shell:Profile”  Opens Profile folder.
“shell:ProgramFiles”  Opens ProgramFiles folder.
“shell:ProgramFilesCommon”  Opens ProgramFilesCommon folder.
“shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64”  Opens ProgramFilesCommonX64 folder.
“shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86”  Opens ProgramFilesCommonX86 folder.
“shell:ProgramFilesX64”  Opens ProgramFilesX64 folder.
“shell:ProgramFilesX86”  Opens ProgramFilesX86 folder.
“shell:Programs”  Opens Programs folder.
“shell:Public”  Opens Public folder.
“shell:PublicAccountPictures”  Opens PublicAccountPictures folder.
“shell:PublicGameTasks”  Opens PublicGameTasks folder.
“shell:PublicLibraries”  Opens PublicLibraries folder.
“shell:Quick Launch”  Opens Quick Launch folder.
“shell:Recent”  Opens up recent items folder
“shell:RecordedTVLibrary”  Opens up recorder file in the Windows 10 system
“shell:RecycleBinFolder”  Opens the system Recycle Bin folder
“shell:ResourceDir”  Opens up the Resource folder
“shell:Retail Demo”  Opens up Demo folder
“shell:Ringtones”  Opens up the Ringtones folder in Windows 10
“shell:Roamed Tile Images”  Opens up the Roamed Tile images folder
“shell:Roaming Tiles”  Opens the Roaming Tiles folder
“shell:SavedGames”  It opens the SavedGames folder you have in the Windows 10 system
“shell:Screenshots”  Opens the Screenshots folder
“shell:Searches”  Opens the Search folder.
“shell:SearchHistoryFolder”  Opens the Search History folder you have in the system.
“shell:SearchHomeFolder”  Opens the Search Home folder.
“shell:SearchTemplatesFolder”  Opens the Search templates folder.
“shell:SendTo”  Opens the SendTo folder.
“shell:SkyDriveCameraRoll”  Opens the SkyDriveCameraRoll folder.
“shell:SkyDriveMusic”  Opens the SkyDriveMusic folder.
“shell:SkyDrivePictures”  Opens the SkyDrivePictures folder.
“shell:Start Menu”  Opens up the Start menu folder.
“shell:StartMenuAllPrograms”  Opens the AllPrograms folder you have in the start menu.
“shell:Startup”  Opens the Startup folder.
“shell:SyncCenterFolder”  Opens the SyncCenter folder.
“shell:SyncResultsFolder”  Opens the SyncResults folder.
“shell:SyncSetupFolder”  opens the SyncSetup folder.
“shell:System”  Opens the System folder.
“shell:SystemCertificates”  Opens the SystemCertificates folder.
“shell:SystemX86”  Opens SystemX86 folder.
“shell:Templates”  Opens the Templates folder.
“shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder”  Opens the ThisPCDesktop folder.
“shell:User Pinned”  Opens User pinned folder.
“shell:UserProfiles”  Opens the user profiles folder.
“shell:UserProgramFiles”  Opens Program Files folder.
“shell:UserProgramFilesCommon”  Opens Program Files Common folder.
“shell:UsersFilesFolder”  Opens the Files folder from a specific user you are logged in with.
“shell:UsersLibrariesFolder”  Opens the Libraries folder for a specific user.
“shell:VideosLibrary”  Opens Video library folder.
“shell:Windows”  Opens the “Windows” folder.


I mentioned I’d have more on the Run box later.  It’s the primary way to run these commands, but it takes a bit of navigation to get to it – right click the Start menu  and select Run or press the Windows key + R.  There are an additional set of Windows commands called CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts that will let us put a link to it right on the desktop!  Tune in next week and I’ll show you how.