9 mars 2019 - 14:05 - Windows 10 shell special folders

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you can access this special folders by typing the "shell:xxxx" command in the adress bar of Windows Explorer or by running command [WIN] + R. I’ve tested them with Win 10 1809 pro version.

Start Menu locations (current user)

  • shell:Start Menu : current user’s Start Menu root folder
  • shell:Programs : current user’s Start Menu programs folder
  • shell:Administrative Tools : current user’s Start Menu administrative tools folder
  • shell:Startup : current user’s app that start with windows (place a shortcut here to launch this app on startup)
  • shell:Quick Launch : quick launch tool bar content

Users / account locations

  • shell:AccountPictures : your accounts’ avatars
  • shell:PublicAccountPictures : your public accounts’ avatars
  • shell:UserProfiles : location of user home directories (i.e. C:\Users)

Current user files locations

  • shell:MyComputerFolder : my computer folder
  • shell:Desktop : current user’s desktop folder
  • shell:UsersFilesFolder / shell:Profile : root of user’s home folder
  • shell:Personal : current user my documents folder
  • shell:My Pictures : current user image/photos folder
  • shell:My Video: current user video folder
  • shell:3D Objects : current user 3D object folder
  • shell:Downloads : current user download folder
  • shell:My Music : current user music folder
  • shell:Camera Roll : current user camera roll folder
  • shell:Screenshots : current user screenshots folder
  • shell:Captures : current user video capture folder

OneDrive locations

  • shell:OneDrive : one drive root folder
  • shell:OneDriveDocuments : one drive documents folder
  • shell:OneDrivePictures : one drive pictures folder
  • shell:OneDriveCameraRoll : one drive camera roll folder
  • shell:OneDriveMusic : one drive music folder

Misc

  • shell:ControlPanelFolder : display control panel
  • shell:Contacts : internal Windows contacts manager
  • shell:PrintersFolder : printers
  • shell:Fonts : fonts
  • shell:SendTo : content of ‘send to’ contextual menu
  • shell:CD Burning : temporary folder for data to burn on disc
  • shell:RecycleBinFolder : recycle bin content
  • shell:AddNewProgramsFolder : Install new software from network
  • shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder : modify/remove installed application

Network

  • shell:NetworkPlacesFolder : network neighbors
  • shell:NetHood : network shortcuts
  • shell:ConnectionsFolder : network connections
  • shell:Favorites : your internet explorer bookmarks

Applications / AppData

  • shell:AppsFolder : display all installed apps (standards & universals/store apps)
  • shell:AppData : current user’s AppData roaming folder
  • shell:Local AppData : current user’s AppData local folder
  • shell:LocalAppDataLow : current user’s AppData low folder
  • shell:Common AppData : common ProgramData folder
  • shell:AppUpdatesFolder : display the list of Windows/applications updates installed
  • shell:UserProgramFiles : current user’s AppData\Local\Programs folder
  • shell:UserProgramFilesCommon : current user’s AppData\Local\Programs\Common folder

Games

  • shell:GameTasks : current user’s game explorer folder
  • shell:PublicGameTasks : common game explorer folder
  • shell:SavedGames : saved games

System locations

  • shell:ProgramFiles : default program files folder for your Windows version (32 or 64)
  • shell:ProgramFilesX86 : i.e. C:\Program Files (x86)
  • shell:ProgramFilesX64 : i.e. C:\Program Files
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommon : default common files for your Windows version (32 or 64)
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86 : i.e. C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64 : i.e. C:\Program Files\Common Files
  • shell:System : i.e. C:\Windows\System32
  • shell:SystemX86 : i.e. C:\Windows\SysWOW64
  • shell:Windows : i.e. C:\Windows

Synchronization configuration

  • shell:SyncSetupFolder : setup synchronisation partnerships
  • shell:SyncResultsFolder : synchronisation results
  • shell:SyncCenterFolder : synchronisation center
  • shell:ConflictFolder : synchronisation conflicts

Security

  • shell:SystemCertificates : AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SystemCertificates folder
  • shell:CryptoKeys : cryptographic keys

Start Menu locations (all users)

  • shell:Common Start Menu : all users Start Menu root folder
  • shell:Common Programs : all users’ start menu program folder
  • shell:Common Administrative Tools : all users’ start menu administrative tools folder
  • shell:Common Startup : all users’ app that start with windows (place a shortcut here to launch this app on startup for all users)

Public files locations (all users)

  • shell:Public : common/public folders root
  • shell:CommonVideo : common/public video folder
  • shell:CommonMusic : common/public music folder
  • shell:CommonDownloads : common/public download folder
  • shell:CommonPictures : common/public picture folder
  • shell:Common Documents : common/public documents folder
  • shell:Common Desktop : common/public desktop folder

Libraries locations (Win 7 libraries, still partialy exist un Win 10)

  • shell:Libraries / shell:UsersLibrariesFolder : current user all libraries
  • shell:PublicLibraries : common/public all libraries
  • shell:MusicLibrary : music library
  • shell:CameraRollLibrary : camera roll library
  • shell:RecordedTVLibrary : recorded tv library
  • shell:VideosLibrary : videos library
  • shell:DocumentsLibrary : documents library
  • shell:PicturesLibrary : pictures library
  • shell:SavedPicturesLibrary saved pictures library