Windows Shell Commands

December 27, 2018
Microsoft

In my last article, I talked about a quick way to see all your installed applications using the Windows shell command, Shell:appsfolder.  Shell commands have been around as long as Windows has and there are now quite a number of them.  You can use them to open folders, display the Control Panel, see your pictures and videos, and a good deal more.  They all work by typing shell:<SomeFriendlyName> into the Run dialog box (more on that later).  In addition to the Run box, they can also be launched from the File Explorer by entering them into the Address Bar, and from both a Command Prompt and PowerShell by typing Start and following it with the shell command.

Here’s a list of them:

“shell:AccountPictures”Accesses your Windows 10 account pictures folder

“shell:AddNewProgramsFolder” Adds a new program folder.

“shell:Administrative Tools” Accesses administrative tools folder.

“shell:AppData” Accesses AppData folder in the Windows 10 system.

“shell:Application Shortcuts” Accesses Application Shortcuts folder.

For a Full list click the link https://ss64.com/nt/shell.html

I mentioned I’d have more on the Run box later.  It’s the primary way to run these commands, but it takes a bit of navigation to get to it – right click the Start menu  and select Run or press the Windows key + R.  There are an additional set of Windows commands called CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts that will let us put a link to it right on the desktop!  Tune in next week and I’ll show you how.

Hal Hostetler
I am both a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, an IT Professional and now a published Author.

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