Vista shell commands

vistalogoTo speed up your work, try using (and learning) some of the shell commands, listed below. You can type it in your search box in your Start Menu on Vista:

  • shell:AppUpdatesFolder – Opens the Installed Windows Updates location in Program and Files.
  • shell:AppData – Opens the hidden location C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming
  • shell:Administrative Tools – Opens the Administrative Tools section of the Control Panel.
  • shell:AddNewProgramsFolder – Opens the Install a program from the network location.
  • shell:Common Programs – Opens the Start menu shortcuts location.
  • shell:Common Documents – Opens the Public Users Documents folder location. C:\Users\Public\Documents
  • shell:Common Desktop – Opens the Public Users Desktop folder location. C:\Users\Public\Desktop
  • shell:Common AppData – Opens the hidden location C:\ProgramData
  • shell:Common Administrative Tools – Opens the Administrative Tools section of the Control Panel.
  • shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder – Opens Programs and Features in the Control Panel.
  • shell:CD Burning – Opens the location where files are stored temporarily before Windows Vista burns them.
  • shell:Cache – Opens Internet Explorer’s temporary internet files folder.
  • 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:CredentialManager – Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\
  • shell:Cookies\Low – Opens the other folder where Internet Explorer saves cookies.
  • shell:Cookies – Opens one of the folders where Internet Explorer saves cookies.
  • shell:ControlPanelFolder – Opens the Control Panel.
  • shell:Contacts – Opens your username’s Contacts folder location.
  • shell:ConnectionsFolder – Quickly open Network Connections.
  • shell:ConflictFolder – Opens the Sync Center Conflicts location.
  • shell:CommonVideo – Opens the Public Users Video folder location. C:\Users\Public\Videos
  • Microsoft\Credentials
  • shell:CryptoKeys – Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto
  • shell:CSCFolder
  • 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:Games – Opens the Games folder from the left Start menu button location.
  • shell:Gadgets – Opens your user account’s Windows Sidebar Gadgets that you saved location.
  • shell:Fonts – Opens Vista’s Fonts folder location.
  • shell:Favorites – Opens your personal username’s Favorites folder location.
  • shell:dpapiKeys – Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Protect
  • shell:GameTasks – Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\
  • GameExplorer
  • shell:History – Opens Internet Explorer’s history of websites visited.
  • shell:InternetFolder Opens the 32 bit Internet Explorer.
  • shell:Links – Opens your personal username’s Links folder location.
  • shell:LocalizedResourcesDir
  • shell:LocalAppDataLow – Opend the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\LocalLow
  • shell:Local AppData Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Local
  • shell:MAPIFolder
  • 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:ProgramFiles – Opens the Program Files folder.
  • shell:Profile – Opens your main username folder location.
  • shell:PrintHood – Opens the Printer Shortcuts location.
  • shell:PrintersFolder – Opens Printers in the Control Panel.
  • shell:Playlists – Opens the Playlists folder location for your username’s Music folder.
  • shell:PhotoAlbums – Opens the Slide Show folder location for your username’s Pictures folder.
  • shell:Personal – Opens your personal username’s Documents folder location.
  • 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:Public – Opens the Public User folder.
  • shell:Programs – Opens the Start menu’s Programs shortcuts location.
  • 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:SamplePlaylists – Opens the Sample Playlist folder in the Public Users folder.
  • shell:SamplePictures – Opens the Sample Pictures folder in the Public Users folder.
  • shell:SampleMusic – Opens the Sample Music folder in the Public Users folder.
  • shell:ResourceDir – Opens Vista’s Resources folder location.
  • 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:SyncCenterFolder – Opens Sync Center from the Control Panel.
  • shell:Startup – Opens the location where shortcuts to programs that are set to start when Vista boots up are saved.
  • shell:Start Menu – Opens the location of the shortcut links in your Start Menu.
  • 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:UserProfiles – Opens the “C:\Users” location.
  • shell:TreePropertiesFolder
  • shell:Templates – Opens the Templates folder location.
  • shell:SystemX86 – Opens the SysWowxx folder location.
  • shell:SystemCertificates Opens the SystemCertificates folder location.
  • shell:UsersFilesFolder – Opens your main username folder location.
  • shell:Windows – Opens the “C:\Windows” location
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