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    Shell Command

    Shell Command
    How to Use the Vista Shell Command
    Shell Command

    How to Use the Vista Shell Command

    information   Information
    This will show you how to use the Shell command to enable you to quickly open a hard to find folder or object. A complete list of all Shell commands is included with a description of each.
    Note   Note
    You can also use these shell commands from the Run command window.
    Tip   Tip
    When the item for the shell command opens the folder, you can then create a shortcut to it easily.



    Here's How:
    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type one of the Shell commands (See table below) and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    Shell Command-start_menu-jpg


    Complete List of Shell Commands


    Shell Command Description
    shell:AddNewProgramsFolder Opens the Install a program from the network location.
    shell:Administrative Tools Opens the Administrative Tools section of the Control Panel.
    shell:AppData Opens the hidden location C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Roaming
    shell:AppUpdatesFolder Opens the Installed Windows Updates location in Program and Files.
    shell:Cache Opens Internet Explorerís temporary internet files folder.
    shell:CD Burning Opens the location where files are stored temporarily before Windows Vista burns them.
    shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder Opens Programs and Features in the Control Panel.
    shell:Common Administrative Tools Opens the Administrative Tools section of the Control Panel.
    shell:Common AppData Opens the hidden location C:\ProgramData
    shell:Common Desktop Opens the Public Users Desktop folder location. C:\Users\Public\Desktop
    shell:Common Documents Opens the Public Users Documents folder location. C:\Users\Public\Documents
    shell:Common Programs Opens the Start menu shortcuts location.
    shell:Common Start Menu Opens the location of the shortcut links in your Start Menu.
    shell:Common Startup Opens the location where shortcuts to programs that are set to start when Vista boots up are saved.
    shell:Common Templates Opens C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
    shell:CommonDownloads Opens the Public Users Downloads folder location. C:\Users\Public\Downloads
    shell:CommonMusic Opens the Public Users Music folder location. C:\Users\Public\Music
    shell:CommonPictures Opens the Public Users Pictures folder location. C:\Users\Public\Pictures
    shell:CommonVideo Opens the Public Users Video folder location. C:\Users\Public\Videos
    shell:ConflictFolder Opens the Sync Center Conflicts location.
    shell:ConnectionsFolder Quickly open Network Connections.
    shell:Contacts Opens your username's Contacts folder location.
    shell:ControlPanelFolder Opens the Control Panel.
    shell:Cookies Opens one of the folders where Internet Explorer saves cookies.
    shell:Cookies\Low Opens the other folder where Internet Explorer saves cookies.
    shell:CredentialManager Opens the hidden C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Credentials
    shell:CryptoKeys Opens the hidden C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto
    shell:CSCFolder unknown
    shell:default Gadgets Opens the default Windows Sidebar Gadgets location.
    shell:desktop Opens your personal username's Desktop folder location.
    shell:downloads Opens your personal username's Downloads folder location.
    shell:dpapiKeys Opens the hidden C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Protect
    shell:Favorites Opens your personal username's Favorites folder location.
    shell:Fonts Opens Vista's Fonts folder location.
    shell:Gadgets Opens your user account's Windows Sidebar Gadgets that you saved location.
    shell:Games Opens the Games Explorer from the right Start menu Games button location.
    shell:GameTasks Opens the hidden C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
    shell:History Opens Internet Explorerís history of websites visited.
    shell:InternetFolder Opens the 32 bit Internet Explorer.
    shell:Links Opens your personal username's Links folder location.
    shell:Local AppData Opens the hidden C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Local
    shell:LocalAppDataLow Opens the hidden C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\LocalLow
    shell:LocalizedResourcesDir unknown
    shell:MAPIFolder unknown
    shell:My Music Opens your personal username's Music folder location.
    shell:My Pictures Opens your personal username's Pictures folder location.
    shell:My Video Opens your personal username's Video folder location.
    shell:MyComputerFolder Opens Computer window.
    shell:NetHood Opens Network Shortcuts folder location.
    shell:NetworkPlacesFolder Opens the Network Places location.
    shell:OEM Links Opens the links placed on your computer by your computer manufacturer location.
    shell:Original Images Opens Windows Photo Gallery Original Images folder location.
    shell:Personal Opens your personal username's Documents folder location.
    shell:PhotoAlbums Opens the Slide Show folder location for your username's Pictures folder.
    shell:Playlists Opens the Playlists folder location for your username's Music folder.
    shell:PrintersFolder Opens Printers in the Control Panel.
    shell:PrintHood Opens the Printer Shortcuts location.
    shell:Profile Opens your main username folder location.
    shell:ProgramFiles Opens the Program Files folder.
    shell:ProgramFilesCommon Opens the Common Files folder in Program Files.
    shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86 Opens the Common Files folder in Program Files (x86).
    shell:ProgramFilesX86 Opens the Program Files (x86) folder.
    shell:Programs Opens the Start menu's Programs shortcuts location.
    shell:Public Opens the Public User folder.
    shell:PublicGameTasks Opens C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
    shell:Quick Launch Opens the Quick Launch shortcuts folder location.
    shell:Recent Opens Recent Items location.
    shell:RecycleBinFolder Opens the Recycle Bin folder.
    shell:ResourceDir Opens Vista's Resources folder location.
    shell:SampleMusic Opens the Sample Music folder in the Public Users folder.
    shell:SamplePictures Opens the Sample Pictures folder in the Public Users folder.
    shell:SamplePlaylists Opens the Sample Playlist folder in the Public Users folder.
    shell:SampleVideos Opens the Sample Videos folder in the Public Users folder.
    shell:SavedGames Opens your personal username's Saved Games folder location.
    shell:Searches Opens your personal username's Searches folder location.
    shell:SendTo Opens the Context menu's SendTo folder location.
    shell:Start Menu Opens the current single user location of the shortcut links in your Start Menu.
    shell:Startup Opens the location where shortcuts to programs that are set to start when Vista boots up are saved.
    shell:SyncCenterFolder Opens Sync Center from the Control Panel.
    shell:SyncResultsFolder Opens the Sync Results for the Sync Center.
    shell:SyncSetupFolder Open the Setup new sync partnerships in the Sync Center.
    shell:System Opens the System32 folder location.
    shell:SystemCertificates Opens the SystemCertificates folder location.
    shell:SystemX86 Opens the SysWowxx folder location.
    shell:Templates Opens the Templates folder location.
    shell:TreePropertiesFolder unknown
    shell:UserProfiles Opens the "C:\Users" location.
    shell:UsersFilesFolder Opens your main username folder location.
    shell:Windows Opens the "C:\Windows" location.






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    Re: Shell Command


    Hi Brink,

    Enjoyed the tutorial. Never knew about this. Thanks.
    One cmd. that woked oddly was the 'shell:TreePropertiesFolder'.
    The window pops up and in half a sec. it closes. Any ideas why that would happen.
    I have read several of the tutorials. What a great resource. Thanks to all.

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    Re: Shell Command


    Gary,

    When you right click on it at the top part of the Start menu and click Open folder location, it opens the user Desktop folder with Dektop highlighted in the folder tree.

    Other than that, I have not found much use for it yet either.

    Shawn
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  4.    24 Mar 2008 #3
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    Re: Shell Command


    I give up. Where's the white line (Start Search) area? Should I access the search feature? (opens Explorer) But typing the Shell Command in the Search box in Explorer produces no results. Please advise.
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    Re: Shell Command


    Hi Antje,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    It is the white line with Start Search in it at the bottom of the Start menu in the screenshot at the top of this tutorial.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Re: Shell Command


    And how do I get the curser in the white line in the screen shot in order to type or paste the shell command?
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    Re: Shell Command


    Hi Antje,

    You can click in the box, but there is no need. Just start typing. Should go there automatically.

    Gary
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    Re: Shell Command


    FYI:
    If you are using the classic taskbar, then you can use run instead of search.
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    Re: Shell Command


    Ok i realy started to dislike Vista, everytime something has to be change to get into it.
    So you are telling us these nice commands. but i donwloaded a game, realy wanna play it. but cant be open on vista, says he need a windows shell commor. Great wonderfull. so im searching for the answer and come here. And well cant find the answer yet. first of all every command that i type in to teh search line, says cant find files, cant open of dont excist!

    How can i open this rar program in vista? without having to do so much changes on my laptop?
    My winrar program does not even open it, changed name of file everything but vista wont open it. so can somebody help me and be realy clear about it?
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    Re: Shell Command


    Hello Naihla, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    It sounds like you may be having more serious problems if none of the shell commands above would not open anything when typed into the Start Menu search box or RUN window. How does everything else run on the computer?

    Could you post back with the exact complete error message the game gives you when you try to open or install it?

    You might give the free program 7-Zip a try instead. Run it as administrator, click on Options, then select the RAR file extention to be handled by 7-Zip.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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