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Description:

Use these shortcuts to navigate through Windows.

Folders from Current User Profile:

shell:Profile - User Profile folder of logged-on user

shell:UsersFilesFolder - Same as shell:profile

shell:Personal - Documents folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:My Music - Music folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:My Pictures - Pictures folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:My Video - Videos folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:Contacts - Contacts folder from profile of logged-on user (deprecated)

shell:Desktop - Desktop folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:Downloads - Downloads folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:Favorites - Internet Explorer Favorites folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:Searches - Searches folder from profile of logged-on user; contains saved searches

shell:Links - Links folder from profile of logged-on user; contains shortcuts from Favorites node in Windows Explorer navigation pane

shell:Start Menu - Start Menu folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:Startup - Startup folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:Programs - Start Menu\Programs folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:Quick Launch - Quick Launch folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:Recent - Recent folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:SendTo - Send To folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:User Pinned - All shortcuts that have been pinned to the Taskbar and Start Menu by the currently logged-on user

shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts - In User Pinned folder, contains shortcuts to system-managed Start Menu items, including Control Panel, Help and Support, and auto-published applications from Windows Virtual PC

shell:GameTasks - Custom Games Explorer shortcuts for logged-on user

shell:Administrative Tools - Administrative Tools subfolder from Start Menu\All Programs

shell:Ringtones - Ringtones folder stores custom files created by Windows ringtone editor using a compatible phone in Device Stage

shell:Templates - Templates folder from profile of logged-on user (rarely used)

shell:Gadgets - User-installed Windows Gadgets, including those that have been removed from the desktop but are still available

shell:Playlists - Playlists subfolder, in Music folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:PrintHood - User-created printer shortcuts

shell:CD Burning - Burn folder, used to store temp files before burning to disc

Folders from Public User Profile:

shell:Public - Public User Profile folder

shell:Common Desktop - Public\Desktop folder

shell:Common Documents - Public\Documents folder

shell:CommonDownloads - Public\Downloads folder

shell:CommonMusic - Public\Music folder

shell:CommonPictures - Public\Pictures folder shell:CommonVideo - Public\Videos folder

shell:SampleMusic - Sample Music folder (by default in Public\Music folder)

shell:SamplePictures - Sample Pictures folder (by default in Public\Pictures folder)

shell:SampleVideos - Sample Videos folder (by default in Public\Videos folder)

Internet Explorer and Security:

shell:Cache - Internet Explorer Cache (aka Temporary Internet Files)

shell:Cookies - Internet Explorer Cookies (open Low subfolder to see cookies for sites with Low Integrity Level)

shell:History - Internet Explorer History

shell:SystemCertificates - Signed copies of digital certificates for system; use Certificate Manager to view details and add or remove certificates

shell:CryptoKeys - Crypto folder, stores machine keys

shell:dpapiKeys - Protect folder, holds user keys for data encryption, including Encrypting File System

shell:CredentialManager - Credentials folder

Virtual Folders:

shell:MyComputerFolder - Opens Computer Folder

shell:RecycleBinFolder - Opens Recycle Bin

shell:Fonts - Settings for installed fonts and font families

shell:Games - Opens Games Explorer

shell:Libraries - Displays contents of Libraries node in Windows Explorer

shell:UsersLibrariesFolder - Same as shell:Libraries

shell:DocumentsLibrary - Opens default Documents library

shell:MusicLibrary - Opens default Music library

shell:PicturesLibrary - Opens default Pictures library

shell:VideosLibrary - Opens default Videos library

Shell:HomeGroupFolder - Displays contents of Homegroup node in Windows Explorer

shell:NetworkPlacesFolder - Displays contents of Network node in Windows Explorer

shell:NetHood - User-created network shortcuts

shell:ConnectionsFolder - Network Connections

shell:PrintersFolder - Printers and Faxes

shell:AppUpdatesFolder - Installed Updates, including those delivered by Windows Update and Microsoft Update

shell:CSCFolder - Offline Files folder

shell:SearchHomeFolder - Opens Search Results window with focus in search box (same as pressing Windows logo key+F)

Control Panel Folders:

shell:ControlPanelFolder - Opens Control Panel and displays All Control Panel Items (icon view)

shell:AddNewProgramsFolder - Install a program from a network location on a managed Windows network

shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder - Programs and Features folder

shell:SyncCenterFolder - Sync Center, used mostly with Offline Files and Windows Mobile Device Center

shell:SyncSetupFolder - Sync Center\Sync Setup

shell:SyncResultsFolder - Sync Center\Sync Results

shell:ConflictFolder - Sync Center\Conflicts

shell:InternetFolder - Opens 32-bit Internet Explorer

System Folders:

shell:Windows - Windows installation folder

shell:System - Windows\System32 folder

shell:SystemX86 - On 64-bit Windows systems only, opens Windows\SysWOW64

shell:UserProfiles - Users folder, which contains profiles for all local users and a Public profile

shell:ProgramFiles - Program Files folder

shell:ProgramFilesX86 - On 64-bit Windows systems only, opens Program Files (x86) folder, which stores 32-bit programs

shell:ProgramFilesX64 - On 64-bit Windows systems only, opens Program Files folder

shell:ProgramFilesCommon - Program Files\Common Files folder

shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86 - On 64-bit Windows systems only, opens Program Files (x86)\Common Files folder

shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64 - On 64-bit Windows systems only, opens Program Files\Common Files

Application Data:

shell:AppData - Roaming Application Data folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:Local AppData - Local Application Data folder from profile of logged-on user

shell:LocalAppDataLow - User Local Application Data (Low Integrity Level) folder from profile of logged-on user

Per-Machine Folders:

shell:Common AppData - ProgramData folder, which holds global settings saved by applications

shell:Common Start Menu - Start Menu folder, containing shortcuts and subfolders for all users

shell:Common Programs - Start Menu Programs for all users

shell:Common Startup - Startup folder for all users

shell:Default Gadgets - Default Windows Gadgets

shell:ResourceDir - Resources folder, which contains Windows themes, including Aero and ease-of-access themes

shell:CommonRingtones - Stores default ringtones for use with Windows ringtone editor using a compatible phone in Device Stage

shell:PublicGameTasks - Custom Games Explorer shortcuts for all users

shell:Common Templates - Templates folder for all users; rarely used

shell:device Metadata Store - DeviceMetadataStore folder, which contains digitally signed files, downloaded from Microsoft, with icons and custom settings for Device Stage items

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