Shell command shortcuts in Vista


Shell command shortcuts in Vista


While you can use several different ways to access key features in Windows Vista, sometimes a shortcut is more useful. Beneath the Windows Vista architecture are many shortcuts known as Shell commands.

To use a Shell command, press [Windows]+R to access the Run dialog box and type the word shell followed by a colon (:) and then the command. There are no spaces between the word Shell and the colon and the command. Shell:command should be one continuous line, with no spaces.

There are close to 100 Shell commands, some not as useful as others.  I’ll will list the ones that most user find useful. Keep in mind that not all of these Shell commands will work in all versions of Windows Vista. Trying a Shell command not supported by your version will not cause any damage to your system.

Common Shell commands

shell:Desktop – opens the Desktop as a folder.

shell:Downloads – opens your Downloads folder.

shell:Common Administrative Tools opens the Administrative Tools menu as a folder

shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder – opens the Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) window.

shell:Sendto – opens the SendTo folder so that you can easily add more locations to the Send To list.

shell:Searches – opens the Search folder showing all your saved searches.
shell:Quick Launch – opens the Quick Launch folder. 
shell:Cookies - opens the cookies folder
shell:Favorites - opens your Favorites folder.

shell:History - opens the Internet Explorer history folder.

shell:Cache - opens Internet Explorer’s temporary internet files folder.

shell:MyMusic - opens your Music folder.

shell:MyPictures - opens your Pictures folder.

shell:MyVideo - opens your Video folder.

shell:Personal - opens your Documents folder.

shell:PhotoAlbums - opens your Slide Show folder.

shell:Playlists - opens your Playlists folder.

shell:CD Burning - opens the folder where Windows Vista temporarily stores files to be burned to a CD.

shell:CommonDownloads - opens the Public Users Downloads folder.

shell:Common Programs - opens the Start menu shortcuts folder.

shell:Common Desktop - opens the Public Users Desktop folder.

shell:Common Documents - opens the Public Users Documents folder.

shell:CommonMusic - opens the Public Users Music folder.

shell:Common Startup - opens the Startup folder.

shell:CommonVideo - opens the Public Users Video folder.

shell:Common Start Menu - opens the Start Menu as a folder.

shell:Links - opens your Links folder location.  

shell:CommonPictures - opens the Public Users Pictures folder.  

shell:ConflictFolder - opens the Sync Center Conflicts folder.

shell:ConnectionsFolder – opens the Network Connections folder.

shell:Contacts - opens your Contacts folder.

shell:ControlPanelFolder - opens the Control Panel.

shell:Common Templates - opens the Templates folder 

shell:Fonts - opens Vista ’s Fonts folder.

shell:Gadgets - opens your Windows Sidebar Gadgets folder.

shell:InternetFolder - opens Internet Explorer.

shell:Startup - opens the Startup folder

shell:MyComputerFolder - opens Computer window.

shell:NetHood - opens Network Shortcuts folder.

shell:NetworkPlacesFolder - opens the Network Places location.

shell:Original Images - opens Windows Photo Gallery Original Images folder.

shell:Windows - opens the Windows folder. 

shell:PrintersFolder - opens Printers in the Control Panel.

shell:Profile - opens your main folder.

shell:ProgramFiles - opens the Program Files folder.

shell:Public - opens the Public User folder.

shell:Recent - opens the Recent Items folder.

shell:RecycleBinFolder - opens the Recycle Bin folder.

shell:Start Menu - opens Start Menu folder.

shell:System - opens the System32 folder location.

shell:Templates - opens the Templates folder location.

shell:UserProfiles - opens the Users folder.

shell:UsersFilesFolder - opens your main folder.

shell:AppUpdatesFolder - opens the Installed Windows Updates location in Program and Files.
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