General List of Windows 11 Shell Commands for Shell Folder Shortcuts

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Shell folders in Windows are specific folders that are used as the default location for specific file types.

A shell command can be used in Run (Win+R), File Explorer address bar, command prompt, Windows PowerShell, or create a new shortcut with to open a Windows shell folder.

Shell commands are listed as the Name string value (REG_SZ) of each CLSID (GUID) key at the registry location below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions

This tutorial will show you a complete list of shell commands that can be used to easily open or create shortcuts of specific shell folders in Windows 11.


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Shell Command ShortcutsShell Folder Opened
explorer "shell:AccountPictures"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures
explorer "shell:Administrative Tools"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Tools
explorer "shell:AppData"%AppData%
explorer "shell:AddNewProgramsFolder"Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Get Programs
explorer "shell:Application Shortcuts"%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts
explorer "shell:AppsFolder"Applications
explorer "shell:AppUpdatesFolder"Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features\Installed Updates
explorer "shell:Cache"%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache
explorer "shell:Camera Roll"%UserProfile%\Pictures\Camera Roll
explorer "shell:CameraRollLibrary"Libraries\Camera Roll
explorer "shell:Captures"%UserProfile%\Videos\Captures
explorer "shell:CD Burning"%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Burn
explorer "shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder"Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features
explorer "shell:Common Administrative Tools"%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Tools
explorer "shell:Common AppData"%ProgramData%
explorer "shell:Common Desktop"%Public%\Desktop
explorer "shell:Common Documents"%Public%\Documents
explorer "shell:CommonDownloads"%Public%\Downloads
explorer "shell:CommonMusic"%Public%\Music
explorer "shell:CommonPictures"%Public%\Pictures
explorer "shell:Common Programs"%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
explorer "shell:CommonRingtones"%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones
explorer "shell:Common Start Menu"%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
explorer "shell:Common Startup"%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
explorer "shell:Common Templates"%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
explorer "shell:CommonVideo"%Public%\Videos
explorer "shell:ConflictFolder"Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Conflicts
explorer "shell:ConnectionsFolder"Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network Connections
explorer "shell:Contacts"%UserProfile%\Contacts
explorer "shell:ControlPanelFolder"Control Panel\All Control Panel Items
explorer "shell:Cookies"%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies
explorer "shell:CredentialManager"%AppData%\Microsoft\Credentials
explorer "shell:CryptoKeys"%AppData%\Microsoft\Crypto
explorer "shell:Desktop"Desktop
explorer "shell:Device Metadata Store"%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceMetadataStore
explorer "shell:DocumentsLibrary"Libraries\Documents
explorer "shell:Downloads"%UserProfile%\Downloads
explorer "shell:dpapiKeys"%AppData%\Microsoft\Protect
explorer "shell:Favorites"%UserProfile%\Favorites
explorer "shell:Fonts"%WinDir%\Fonts
explorer "shell:GameTasks"%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
explorer "shell:History"%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\History
explorer "shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts"%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\ImplicitAppShortcuts
explorer "shell:Libraries"Libraries
explorer "shell:Links"%UserProfile%\Links
explorer "shell:Local AppData"%LocalAppData%
explorer "shell:LocalAppDataLow"%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow
explorer "shell:Local Documents"This PC > Documents
explorer "shell:Local Downloads"This PC > Downloads
explorer "shell:Local Music"This PC > Music
explorer "shell:Local Pictures"This PC > Pictures
explorer "shell:Local Videos"This PC > Videos
explorer "shell:MusicLibrary"Libraries\Music
explorer "shell:MyComputerFolder"This PC
explorer "shell:My Music"%UserProfile%\Music
explorer "shell:My Pictures"%UserProfile%\Pictures
explorer "shell:My Video"%UserProfile%\Videos
explorer "shell:NetHood"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
explorer "shell:NetworkPlacesFolder"Network
explorer "shell:OneDrive"OneDrive
explorer "shell:OneDriveCameraRoll"%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Pictures\Camera Roll
explorer "shell:OneDriveDocuments"%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Documents
explorer "shell:OneDriveMusic"%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Music
explorer "shell:OneDrivePictures"%UserProfile%\OneDrive\Pictures
explorer "shell:Personal"%UserProfile%\Documents
explorer "shell:PicturesLibrary"Libraries\Pictures
explorer "shell:PrintersFolder"All Control Panel Items\Printers
explorer "shell:PrintHood"
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
explorer "shell:Profile"%UserProfile%
explorer "shell:ProgramFiles"%ProgramFiles%
explorer "shell:ProgramFilesCommon"%ProgramFiles%\Common Files
explorer "shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64"%ProgramFiles%\Common Files
explorer "shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Common Files
explorer "shell:ProgramFilesX64"%ProgramFiles%
explorer "shell:ProgramFilesX86"%ProgramFiles(x86)%
explorer "shell:Programs"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
explorer "shell:Public"%Public%
explorer "shell:PublicAccountPictures"%Public%\AccountPictures
explorer "shell:PublicGameTasks"%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
explorer "shell:PublicLibraries"%Public%\Libraries
explorer "shell:Quick Launch"%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
explorer "shell:Recent"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
explorer "shell:RecycleBinFolder"Recycle Bin
explorer "shell:ResourceDir"%WinDir%\Resources
explorer "shell:Ringtones"%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones
explorer "shell:Roaming Tiles"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\RoamingTiles
explorer "shell:SavedGames"%UserProfile%\Saved Games
explorer "shell:SavedPictures"%UserProfile%\Pictures\Saved Pictures
explorer "shell:SavedPicturesLibrary"Libraries\Saved Pictures
explorer "shell:Screenshots"%UserProfile%\Pictures\Screenshots
explorer "shell:Searches"%UserProfile%\Searches
explorer "shell:SearchHistoryFolder"%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\ConnectedSearch\History
explorer "shell:SearchHomeFolder"search-ms:
explorer "shell:SearchTemplatesFolder"%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\ConnectedSearch\Templates
explorer "shell:SendTo"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
explorer "shell:Start Menu"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
explorer "shell:Startup"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
explorer "shell:SyncCenterFolder"Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center
explorer "shell:SyncResultsFolder"Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Sync Results
explorer "shell:SyncSetupFolder"Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Sync Setup
explorer "shell:System"%WinDir%\System32
explorer "shell:SystemCertificates"%AppData%\Microsoft\SystemCertificates
explorer "shell:SystemX86"%WinDir%\SysWOW64
explorer "shell:Templates"%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
explorer "shell:ThisDeviceFolder"This Device
explorer "shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder"This PC > Desktop
explorer "shell:User Pinned"%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned
explorer "shell:UsersFilesFolder"%UserProfile%
explorer "shell:UserProfiles"%HomeDrive%\Users
explorer "shell:UserProgramFiles"%LocalAppData%\Programs
explorer "shell:UserProgramFilesCommon"%LocalAppData%\Programs\Common
explorer "shell:UsersLibrariesFolder"Libraries
explorer "shell:VideosLibrary"Libraries\Videos
explorer "shell:Windows"%WinDir%


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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What's the purpose of using Shell Command Shortcuts instead of the path?

What would be the reason to use explorer "shell:AppData" instead of %AppData% ?
 

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Hello @Stigg, :)

Just another way to open them if needed when the path may not be the same if moved.

Basically, whichever works best for you.
 

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Hello @Stigg, :)

Just another way to open them if needed when the path may not be the same if moved.

Basically, whichever works best for you.
OK, Brink.

I guess I was reading too much into it. :what:
 

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    Motherboard
    Zephyrus M GM501GS
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    SK Hynix 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) HMA82GS6CJR8N-VK 16 GB DDR4-2666 DDR4 SDRAM
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
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    AU Optronics B156HAN07.1 [15.6" LCD]
    Screen Resolution
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    Samsung MZVKW512HMJP-00000 512 GB, PCI-E 3.0 x4
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    Mouse
    Razer DeathAdder Essential
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    PC/AT Enhanced PS2 Keyboard (101/102-Key)
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