How To Quickly Open Folders In Windows
Here is a quick tip on how to open specific system folders in the Microsoft operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. All you need to do is press Windows-R and type one command to open a specific folder.
Update: This works in newer versions of Windows as well.
These so called shell commands will open various Windows folders but also applications and configuration tools when you run them.
To open the Send To folder one would for example simply enter shell:sendto into the run box and hit enter. This opens the Send To menu with the option to modify its contents.
It might be easier sometimes to enter a specific command directly instead of the shell: substitute if a command for that specific function or folder exists. Make sure that there are no spaces in the command unless the name of the folder or app that should be opened contains one or multiple.
Here is a list of all possible shell: commands that should work in all recent versions of Windows operating systems. Just remember to add shell: in front of the command to execute them properly.
Most should be self-explanatory, if you have questions about some let me know and I will explain their functionality.
Common Administrative Tools
Common Start Menu
Are there commands missing? Let us know.
I tried the last command Windows and I got an error saying
“Windows cannot find ‘Windows’ make sure you typed the name correctly.
@iampriteshdesai, I believe that the command is shell:Windows
if you use the set command, you can also open quicky some folders. like:
Open a Dos-windows and type SET after the prompt and push Enter. You will see the list. Want more? Add them via Winkey+Break > Advanced tab > environment Variables > Upper frame.
a few more here. with reference to OS support
i just realised the only difference is
Great! But is there anyway to use these within an actually shell? I’m a shell and batch file nut… it’d be great if I can capture the ones I use often in a batch file (so I don’t have to remember the actual names)
You can also enter all (or at least most) of these in the Address bar of Windows Explorer.
one word. Terrific!
am trying to open a dat file and can’t get it done. Its in lime wire books by louis lamour. I can’t seem to open the dat file so i can listen to the story. There are several book by Mr Louis Lamour I really would like to be able to put them on dvd so as i can listen to them on my way to work or just driving around and listen to the old west stories. Really likeing to do that. I just need to know what I will have to have to be able to do this. Can ya’ll help
Great list Martin. For whatever reason I don’t utilize the Windows key enough(Window R). That shortcut button may be the most under used button in the world.
thanks a lot. do u know how to do “run as” from run-box?
For the batch/command file users, prefix this shell: link with the start command. That seems to work for the ones I tried.
so these commands should work with personal folders?
Let’s say I have a folder with all my movies called “Movies” could i then type shell:Movies
and what if I had two folders named Movies but on separate hard drives?
Nice! I also found that it works from the command line if you use start.
Good list =) Most works on 2000 and 2003 too.
Edna Langley, your dat issue coul be solved if you can provide first bytes of that file – to do so, try to open it with some text viewer or editor and copy the first string so we can determine the exact type of that file.