List of Shell Folder Shortcuts Commands in Windows 11

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The article provides a comprehensive list of command shortcuts for opening specific Shell folders in Windows 11. Shell commands provide users shortcuts to access particular Windows file types directly through applications. They can be used within Run application box, File Explorer, Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell or to create desktop shortcuts.

This article explains and lists command shortcuts to open Shell folders that represent the default location for specific file types in Windows 11.

A shell command opens a Windows shell folder location for specific file types. It is used as a shortcut to shell Windows folders for file types.

Users can use the command in the Run application box (Windows key + R), File Explorer address bar, Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell, or create a shortcut to open a Windows shell folder.

The shell command is useful in many situations.

Below we will show you a list of shell commands to open or create shortcuts to open shell folders in Windows 11 directly.

Use shell command shortcuts to access shell folders

As described above, there are commands to open each shell folder in Windows.

Below is the list of commands to use to open Windows shell folders.

First, open the Windows Terminal app as administrator or learn how to create a shortcut on your desktop.

Here are also commands to open shell folders.

  • %UserProfile%\3D Objects
    • Command: explorer "shell:3D Objects"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures
    • Command: explorer "shell:AccountPictures"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Tools
    • Command: explorer "shell:Administrative Tools"
  • %AppData%
    • Command: explorer "shell:AppData"
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Get Programs
    • Command: explorer "shell:AddNewProgramsFolder"
  • %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts
    • Command: explorer "shell:Application Shortcuts"
  • Applications
    • Command: explorer "shell:AppsFolder"
  • Bluetooth Settings (Options tab)
    • Command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,1
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features\Installed Updates
    • Command: explorer "shell:AppUpdatesFolder"
  • %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache
    • Command: explorer "shell:Cache"
  • %UserProfile%\Pictures\Camera Roll
    • Command: explorer "shell:Camera Roll"
  • Libraries\Camera Roll
    • Command: explorer "shell:CameraRollLibrary"
  • %UserProfile%\Videos\Captures
    • Command: explorer "shell:Captures"
  • %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Burn
    • Command: explorer "shell:CD Burning"
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features
    • Command: explorer "shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Tools
    • Command: explorer "shell:Common Administrative Tools"
  • %ProgramData%
    • Command: explorer "shell:Common AppData"
  • %Public%\Desktop
    • Command: explorer "shell:Common Desktop"
  • %Public%\Documents
    • Command: explorer "shell:Common Documents"
  • %Public%\Downloads
    • Command: explorer "shell:CommonDownloads"
  • %Public%\Music
    • Command: explorer "shell:CommonMusic"
  • %Public%\Pictures
    • Command: explorer "shell:CommonPictures"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    • Command: explorer "shell:Common Programs"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones
    • Command: explorer "shell:CommonRingtones"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    • Command: explorer "shell:Common Start Menu"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • Command: explorer "shell:Common Startup"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
    • Command: explorer "shell:Common Templates"
  • %Public%\Videos
    • Command: explorer "shell:CommonVideo"
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Conflicts
    • Command: explorer "shell:ConflictFolder"
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network Connections
    • Command: explorer "shell:ConnectionsFolder"
  • %UserProfile%\Contacts
    • Command: explorer "shell:Contacts"
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items
    • Command: explorer "shell:ControlPanelFolder"
  • %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies
    • Command: explorer "shell:Cookies"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Credentials
    • Command: explorer "shell:CredentialManager"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Crypto
    • Command: explorer "shell:CryptoKeys"
  • Desktop
    • Command: explorer "shell:Desktop"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceMetadataStore
    • Command: explorer "shell:Device Metadata Store"
  • Libraries\Documents
    • Command: explorer "shell:DocumentsLibrary"
  • %UserProfile%\Downloads
    • Command: explorer "shell:Downloads"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Protect
    • Command: explorer "shell:dpapiKeys"
  • %UserProfile%\Favorites
    • Command: explorer "shell:Favorites"
  • %WinDir%\Fonts
    • Command: explorer "shell:Fonts"
  • %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
    • Command: explorer "shell:GameTasks"
  • %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\History
    • Command: explorer "shell:History"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\ImplicitAppShortcuts
    • Command: explorer "shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts"
  • Libraries
    • Command: explorer "shell:Libraries"
  • %UserProfile%\Links
    • Command: explorer "shell:Links"
  • %LocalAppData%
    • Command: explorer "shell:Local AppData"
  • %UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow
    • Command: explorer "shell:LocalAppDataLow"
  • This PC > Documents
    • Command: explorer "shell:Local Documents"
  • This PC > Downloads
    • Command: explorer "shell:Local Downloads"
  • This PC > Music
    • Command: explorer "shell:Local Music"
  • This PC > Pictures
    • Command: explorer "shell:Local Pictures"
  • This PC > Videos
    • Command: explorer "shell:Local Videos"
  • Libraries\Music
    • Command: explorer "shell:MusicLibrary"
  • This PC
    • Command: explorer "shell:MyComputerFolder"
  • %UserProfile%\Music
    • Command: explorer "shell:My Music"
  • %UserProfile%\Pictures
    • Command: explorer "shell:My Pictures"
  • %UserProfile%\Videos
    • Command: explorer "shell:My Video"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
    • Command: explorer "shell:NetHood"
  • Network
    • Command: explorer "shell:NetworkPlacesFolder"
  • OneDrive
    • Command: explorer "shell:OneDrive"
  • %UserProfile%\OneDrive\Pictures\Camera Roll
    • Command: explorer "shell:OneDriveCameraRoll"
  • %UserProfile%\OneDrive\Documents
    • Command: explorer "shell:OneDriveDocuments"
  • %UserProfile%\OneDrive\Music
    • Command: explorer "shell:OneDriveMusic"
  • %UserProfile%\OneDrive\Pictures
    • Command: explorer "shell:OneDrivePictures"
  • %UserProfile%\Documents
    • Command: explorer "shell:Personal"
  • Libraries\Pictures
    • Command: explorer "shell:PicturesLibrary"
  • All Control Panel Items\Printers
    • Command: explorer "shell:PrintersFolder"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
    • Command: explorer "shell:PrintHood"
  • %UserProfile%
    • Command: explorer "shell:Profile"
  • %ProgramFiles%
    • Command: explorer "shell:ProgramFiles"
  • ProgramFiles%\Common Files
    • Command: explorer "shell:ProgramFilesCommon"
  • %ProgramFiles%\Common Files
    • Command: explorer "shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64"
  • %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Common Files
    • Command: explorer "shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86"
  • %ProgramFiles%
    • Command: explorer "shell:ProgramFilesX64"
  • %ProgramFiles(x86)%
    • Command: explorer "shell:ProgramFilesX86"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    • Command: explorer "shell:Programs"
  • %Public%
    • Command: explorer "shell:Public"
  • %Public%\AccountPictures
    • Command: explorer "shell:PublicAccountPictures"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
    • Command: explorer "shell:PublicGameTasks"
  • %Public%\Libraries
    • Command: explorer "shell:PublicLibraries"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
    • Command: explorer "shell:Quick Launch"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    • Command: explorer "shell:Recent"
  • Recycle Bin
    • Command: explorer "shell:RecycleBinFolder"
  • %WinDir%\Resources
    • Command: explorer "shell:ResourceDir"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\RetailDemo
    • Command: explorer "shell:Retail Demo"
  • %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones
    • Command: explorer "shell:Ringtones"
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\RoamingTiles
    • Command: explorer "shell:Roaming Tiles"
  • %UserProfile%\Saved Games
    • Command: explorer "shell:SavedGames"
  • %UserProfile%\Pictures\Saved Pictures
    • Command: explorer "shell:SavedPictures"
  • Libraries\Saved Pictures
    • Command: explorer "shell:SavedPicturesLibrary"
  • %UserProfile%\Pictures\Screenshots
    • Command: explorer "shell:Screenshots"
  • %UserProfile%\Searches
    • Command: explorer "shell:Searches"
  • %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\ConnectedSearch\History
    • Command: explorer "shell:SearchHistoryFolder"
  • %WinDir%\System32
    • Command: explorer "shell:System"
  • %WinDir%
    • Command: explorer "shell:Windows"
  • %UserProfile%
    • Command: explorer "shell:UsersFilesFolder"
  • %WinDir%\SysWOW64
    • Command: explorer "shell:SystemX86"

That should do it!

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