Windows CLSID (GUID) shell Commands


In my last article I talked about Shell Commands and how to use them.  The ones I discussed at that time are those with “Friendly” names, names that mean something to a human.  These commands, plus a good many more also have computer friendly names and are known as CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts.  As I mentioned last week, we’ll use one of these commands to put a shortcut to the Run command on the Desktop

When I say these commands have unfriendly to humans names, I’m not kidding!  The command to launch the Run command window looks like this:

shell:::{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

If I paste this into the Run command window and click OK, the window disappears (to run the command) then immediately re-appears, the result of running the command to launch it.  To put this into a shortcut:

  1. Right click your desktop
  2. Select New and Shortcut
  3. Paste the line above into the Type the location of the Item window and click OK
  4. Give it a name in the Type a name of this Shortcut window (I used Run Command) and click OK

That’s it!  You now have a shortcut to the Run command on your desktop, no more right clicking the Start button.  Here’s the full list of commands:

Shell location Command
ActiveX Cache Folder shell:::{88C6C381-2E85-11D0-94DE-444553540000}
Add Network Place shell:::{D4480A50-BA28-11d1-8E75-00C04FA31A86}
Administrative Tools shell:::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
All Control Panel Items shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
All Settings shell:::{5ED4F38C-D3FF-4D61-B506-6820320AEBFE}
All Tasks shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Applications shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}
AppSuggestedLocations shell:::{c57a6066-66a3-4d91-9eb9-41532179f0a5}
AutoPlay shell:::{9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
Backup and Restore (Windows 7) shell:::{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
BitLocker Drive Encryption shell:::{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Bluetooth Devices shell:::{28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}
Briefcase shell:::{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}
Cabinet Shell Folder shell:::{0CD7A5C0-9F37-11CE-AE65-08002B2E1262}
CLSID_AppInstanceFolder shell:::{64693913-1c21-4f30-a98f-4e52906d3b56}
CLSID_DBFolder shell:::{b2952b16-0e07-4e5a-b993-58c52cb94cae}
CLSID_DBFolderBoth shell:::{1bef2128-2f96-4500-ba7c-098dc0049cb2}
CLSID_SearchHome shell:::{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}
CLSID_StartMenuCommandingProviderFolder shell:::{a00ee528-ebd9-48b8-944a-8942113d46ac}
CLSID_StartMenuLauncherProviderFolder shell:::{98F275B4-4FFF-11E0-89E2-7B86DFD72085}
CLSID_StartMenuPathCompleteProviderFolder shell:::{e345f35f-9397-435c-8f95-4e922c26259e}
CLSID_StartMenuProviderFolder shell:::{daf95313-e44d-46af-be1b-cbacea2c3065}
Command Folder shell:::{437ff9c0-a07f-4fa0-af80-84b6c6440a16}
Common Places FS Folder shell:::{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}
CompressedFolder shell:::{E88DCCE0-B7B3-11d1-A9F0-00AA0060FA31}
Connect To shell:::{38A98528-6CBF-4CA9-8DC0-B1E1D10F7B1B}
Control Panel shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}
Control Panel shell:::{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}
Credential Manager shell:::{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Default Programs shell:::{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
delegate folder that appears in Computer shell:::{b155bdf8-02f0-451e-9a26-ae317cfd7779}
delegate folder that appears in Users Files Folder shell:::{DFFACDC5-679F-4156-8947-C5C76BC0B67F}
Desktop shell:::{00021400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
DeviceCenter Initialization shell:::{C2B136E2-D50E-405C-8784-363C582BF43E}
DevicePairingFolder Initialization shell:::{AEE2420F-D50E-405C-8784-363C582BF45A}
Devices and Printers shell:::{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
Display shell:::{C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}
DLNA Content Directory Data Source shell:::{D2035EDF-75CB-4EF1-95A7-410D9EE17170}
DXP shell:::{8FD8B88D-30E1-4F25-AC2B-553D3D65F0EA}
Ease of Access Center shell:::{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
E-mail shell:::{2559a1f5-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Enhanced Storage Data Source shell:::{9113A02D-00A3-46B9-BC5F-9C04DADDD5D7}
Explorer Browser Results Folder shell:::{418c8b64-5463-461d-88e0-75e2afa3c6fa}
Favorites shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}
File Backup Index shell:::{877ca5ac-cb41-4842-9c69-9136e42d47e2}
File Explorer Options shell:::{6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}
File History shell:::{F6B6E965-E9B2-444B-9286-10C9152EDBC5}
FileHistoryDataSource shell:::{2F6CE85C-F9EE-43CA-90C7-8A9BD53A2467}
Folder Shortcut shell:::{0AFACED1-E828-11D1-9187-B532F1E9575D}
Font settings shell:::{93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}
Fonts shell:::{BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}
Frequent folders shell:::{3936E9E4-D92C-4EEE-A85A-BC16D5EA0819}
Fusion Cache shell:::{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
Games shell:::{ED228FDF-9EA8-4870-83b1-96b02CFE0D52}
Get Programs shell:::{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
History shell:::{FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}
Homegroup shell:::{6785BFAC-9D2D-4be5-B7E2-59937E8FB80A}
HomeGroup shell:::{67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
Homegroup shell:::{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}
IE History and Feeds Shell Data Source for Windows Search shell:::{11016101-E366-4D22-BC06-4ADA335C892B}
IE RSS Feeds Folder shell:::{9a096bb5-9dc3-4d1c-8526-c3cbf991ea4e}
Installed Updates shell:::{d450a8a1-9568-45c7-9c0e-b4f9fb4537bd}
Language shell:::{BF782CC9-5A52-4A17-806C-2A894FFEEAC5}
LayoutFolder shell:::{328B0346-7EAF-4BBE-A479-7CB88A095F5B}
Libraries shell:::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
Libraries delegate folder that appears in Users Files Folder shell:::{896664F7-12E1-490f-8782-C0835AFD98FC}
Library Folder shell:::{a5a3563a-5755-4a6f-854e-afa3230b199f}
Location Folder shell:::{267cf8a9-f4e3-41e6-95b1-af881be130ff}
Manage Wireless Networks shell:::{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
Media Servers shell:::{289AF617-1CC3-42A6-926C-E6A863F0E3BA}
Microsoft FTP Folder shell:::{63da6ec0-2e98-11cf-8d82-444553540000}
Microsoft Office Outlook shell:::{89D83576-6BD1-4c86-9454-BEB04E94C819}
My Documents shell:::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
Network shell:::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Network shell:::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}
Network and Sharing Center shell:::{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}
Network Connections shell:::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
Network Connections shell:::{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}
Notification Area Icons shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Offline Files shell:::{BD7A2E7B-21CB-41b2-A086-B309680C6B7E}
Offline Files Folder shell:::{AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E}
OneDrive shell:::{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}
Personalization shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Pictures shell:::{45e8e0e8-7ae9-41ad-a9e8-594972716684}
Portable Devices shell:::{35786D3C-B075-49b9-88DD-029876E11C01}
Power Options shell:::{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Previous Versions shell:::{9DB7A13C-F208-4981-8353-73CC61AE2783}
Previous Versions Results Delegate Folder shell:::{a3c3d402-e56c-4033-95f7-4885e80b0111}
Previous Versions Results Folder shell:::{f8c2ab3b-17bc-41da-9758-339d7dbf2d88}
Printers shell:::{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
Printers shell:::{863aa9fd-42df-457b-8e4d-0de1b8015c60}
printhood delegate folder shell:::{ed50fc29-b964-48a9-afb3-15ebb9b97f36}
Programs and Features shell:::{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
Public shell:::{4336a54d-038b-4685-ab02-99bb52d3fb8b}
Recent folders shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}
Recent Items Instance Folder shell:::{4564b25e-30cd-4787-82ba-39e73a750b14}
Recovery shell:::{9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
Recycle Bin shell:::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections shell:::{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Removable Drives shell:::{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}
Removable Storage Devices shell:::{a6482830-08eb-41e2-84c1-73920c2badb9}
Results Folder shell:::{2965e715-eb66-4719-b53f-1672673bbefa}
Run… shell:::{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Search shell:::{04731B67-D933-450a-90E6-4ACD2E9408FE}
Search shell:::{2559a1f0-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Search Connector Folder shell:::{72b36e70-8700-42d6-a7f7-c9ab3323ee51}
Security and Maintenance shell:::{BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults shell:::{2559a1f7-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Shell DocObject Viewer shell:::{E7E4BC40-E76A-11CE-A9BB-00AA004AE837}
Shell File System Folder shell:::{0E5AAE11-A475-4c5b-AB00-C66DE400274E}
Shell File System Folder shell:::{F3364BA0-65B9-11CE-A9BA-00AA004AE837}
Show desktop shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
Speech Recognition shell:::{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Start Menu shell:::{48e7caab-b918-4e58-a94d-505519c795dc}
Storage Spaces shell:::{F942C606-0914-47AB-BE56-1321B8035096}
StreamBackedFolder shell:::{EDC978D6-4D53-4b2f-A265-5805674BE568}
Subscription Folder shell:::{F5175861-2688-11d0-9C5E-00AA00A45957}
Switch between windows shell:::{3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
Sync Center shell:::{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
Sync Center Conflict Delegate Folder shell:::{E413D040-6788-4C22-957E-175D1C513A34}
Sync Center Conflict Folder shell:::{289978AC-A101-4341-A817-21EBA7FD046D}
Sync Results Delegate Folder shell:::{BC48B32F-5910-47F5-8570-5074A8A5636A}
Sync Results Folder shell:::{71D99464-3B6B-475C-B241-E15883207529}
Sync Setup Delegate Folder shell:::{F1390A9A-A3F4-4E5D-9C5F-98F3BD8D935C}
Sync Setup Folder shell:::{2E9E59C0-B437-4981-A647-9C34B9B90891}
System shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
System Restore shell:::{3f6bc534-dfa1-4ab4-ae54-ef25a74e0107}
Taskbar and Navigation shell:::{0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}
Temporary Internet Files shell:::{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}
Temporary Internet Files shell:::{7BD29E01-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}
The Internet shell:::{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
This Device shell:::{5b934b42-522b-4c34-bbfe-37a3ef7b9c90}
This PC shell:::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
This PC shell:::{5E5F29CE-E0A8-49D3-AF32-7A7BDC173478}
Troubleshooting shell:::{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
User Accounts shell:::{60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}
User Accounts shell:::{7A9D77BD-5403-11d2-8785-2E0420524153}
User Pinned shell:::{1f3427c8-5c10-4210-aa03-2ee45287d668}
UsersFiles shell:::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}
Windows Defender shell:::{D8559EB9-20C0-410E-BEDA-7ED416AECC2A}
Windows Features shell:::{67718415-c450-4f3c-bf8a-b487642dc39b}
Windows Firewall shell:::{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Windows Mobility Center shell:::{5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}
Windows Security shell:::{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Work Folders shell:::{ECDB0924-4208-451E-8EE0-373C0956DE16}
WWan Shell Folder shell:::{87630419-6216-4ff8-a1f0-143562d16d5c}

 

That’s it for this week, be sure to check back next week for more.