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.
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