Complete List of All Windows 10 Shell Commands

By: Marian Cularea
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Windows 10 Shell Commands

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If you want to learn what are some of the most useful Shell commands used in Windows 10, as well as many other specific commands, read this guide. We bet you probably didn’t know some of these commends were even available  up until now.
Shell commands in Windows 10 operating system
Accessing these commands is done by entering the “Run” feature in your Windows 10 operating system. Also, by using these Shell commands you will be able to access a specific system folder or one of the Control Panel applets you have available in your Windows 10 operating system.

List of Shell commands in Windows 10

First of all, you will need to press and hold the “Windows” button and the “R” button in order to bring up the “Run” window.

From the “Run” window you will need to write down one of the below commands and afterwards press the “Enter” button in order to access the specific feature.

Windows 10 Shell commands:

  1. “shell:AccountPictures”
    Note: this command accesses the account pictures folder you have in your Windows 10 device.
  2. “shell:AddNewProgramsFolder”
    Note: Adds a new program folder.
  3. “shell:Administrative Tools”
    Note: Accesses administrative tools folder.
  4. “shell:AppData”
    Note: Accesses AppData folder in the Windows 10 system.
  5. “shell:Application Shortcuts”
    Note: Accesses Application Shortcuts folder.
  6. “shell:AppsFolder”
    Note: Accesses the Apps Folder.
  7. “shell:AppUpdatesFolder”
    Note: Accesses the Apps updates folder.
  8. “shell:Cache”
    Note: Accesses the Cache folder.
  9. “shell:Camera Roll”
    Note: Access camera roll folder.
  10. “shell:CD Burning”
    Note: Accesses the temporary burn folder.
  11. “shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder”
    Note: Accesses the Remove/Change program folder.
  12. “shell:Common Administrative Tools”
    Note: Accesses the Administrative Tools folder.
  13. “shell:Common AppData”
    Note: Accesses the Common AppData folder.
  14. “shell:Common Desktop”
    Note: Accesses the public desktop folder.
  15. “shell:Common Documents”
    Note: Accesses Public Documents folder.
  16. “shell:Common Programs”
    Note: Accesses Programs folder.
  17. “shell:Common Start Menu”
    Note: Accesses the start menu folder.
  18. “shell:Common Startup”
    Note: Accesses Startup folder situated in t he Windows 10 system.
  19. “shell:Common Templates”
    Note: Accesses “Common Templates” folder.
  20. “shell:CommonDownloads”
    Note: Accesses Downloads folder.
  21. “shell:CommonMusic”
    Note: Accesses the music folder.
  22. “shell:CommonPictures”
    Note: Accesses “Pictures” folder.
  23. “shell:CommonRingtones”
    Note: Accesses the ringtones folder.
  24. “shell:CommonVideo”
    Note: Accesses the public “Video” folder.
  25. “shell:ConflictFolder”
    Note: Accesses the “Conflict” folder in the Windows 10 system.
  26. “shell:ConnectionsFolder”
    Note: Opens up the connections folder
  27. “shell:Contacts”
    Note: Opens the Contact folder
  28. “shell:ControlPanelFolder”
    Note: Opens the Control panel folder.
  29. “shell:Cookies”
    Note: Opens the Cookies folder.
  30. “shell:CredentialManager”
    Note: Opens the Credential manager feature.
  31. “shell:CryptoKeys”
    Note: Opens up the Crypto keys folder
  32. “shell:CSCFolder”
    Note: Opens the CSC Folder.
  33. “shell:Desktop”
    Note: Opens up the Desktop folder.
  34. “shell:Device Metadata Store”
    Note: Opens the metadata store folder.
  35. “shell:DocumentsLibrary”
    Note: Opens the Documents Library folder
  36. “shell:Downloads”
    Note: Opens the Downloads folder
  37. “shell:DpapiKeys”
    Note: Opens the DpapiKeys folder
  38. “shell:Favorites”
    Note: Opens the Favorites folder.
  39. “shell:Fonts”
    Note: Opens the Fonts folder.
  40. “shell:Games”
    Note: Opens the Games folder.
  41. “shell:GameTasks”
    Note: Opens the Game Tasks folder
  42. “shell:History”
    Note: Opens the History folder
  43. “shell:HomeGroupCurrentUserFolder”
    Note: Opens the HomeGroup folder for the current user.
  44. “shell:HomeGroupFolder”
    Note: Opens HomeGroup folder.
  45. “shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts”
    Note: Opens the Implicit Apps shortcut folder.
  46. “shell:InternetFolder”
    Note: Opens Internet Folder.
  47. “shell:Libraries”
    Note: Opens Libraries folder.
  48. “shell:Links”
    Note: Opens the Links folder.
  49. “shell:Local AppData”
    Note: Opens Local AppData folder.
  50. “shell:LocalAppDataLow”
    Note: Opens Local AppDataLow folder.
  51. “shell:LocalizedResourcesDir”
    Note: Opens LocalizedResources folder.
  52. “shell:MAPIFolder”
    Note: Opens MAPI folder.
  53. “shell:MusicLibrary”
    Note: Opens LusicLibrary folder.
  54. “shell:My Music”
    Note: Opens My Music folder.
  55. “shell:My Video”
    Note: Opens My Video folder.
  56. “shell:MyComputerFolder”
    Note: Opens MyComputer folder.
  57. “shell:NetHood”
    Note: Opens NetHood folder.
  58. “shell:NetworkPlacesFolder”
    Note: Opens NetworkPlaces folder.
  59. “shell:OEM Links”
    Note: Opens OEM Links folder.
  60. “shell:OneDrive”
    Note: Opens OneDrive folder in Windows 10
  61. “shell:Original Images”
    Note: Opens Original Images folder.
  62. “shell:Personal”
    Note: Opens Personal folder.
  63. “shell:PhotoAlbums”
    Note: Opens PhotoAlbums folder.
  64. “shell:PicturesLibrary”
    Note: opens PicturesLibrary folder.
  65. “shell:Playlists”
    Note: Opens Playlists folder.
  66. “shell:PrintersFolder”
    Note: Opens Printer folder.
  67. “shell:PrintHood”
    Note: Opens PrintHood folder.
  68. “shell:Profile”
    Note: Opens Profile folder.
  69. “shell:ProgramFiles”
    Note: Opens ProgramFiles folder.
  70. “shell:ProgramFilesCommon”
    Note: Opens ProgramFilesCommon folder.
  71. “shell:ProgramFilesCommonX64”
    Note: Opens ProgramFilesCommonX64 folder.
  72. “shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86”
    Note: Opens ProgramFilesCommonX86 folder.
  73. “shell:ProgramFilesX64”
    Note: Opens ProgramFilesX64 folder.
  74. “shell:ProgramFilesX86”
    Note: Opens ProgramFilesX86 folder.
  75. “shell:Programs”
    Note: Opens Programs folder.
  76. “shell:Public”
    Note: Opens Public folder.
  77. “shell:PublicAccountPictures”
    Note: Opens PublicAccountPictures folder.
  78. “shell:PublicGameTasks”
    Note: Opens PublicGameTasks folder.
  79. “shell:PublicLibraries”
    Note: Opens PublicLibraries folder.
  80. “shell:Quick Launch”
    Note: Opens Quick Launch folder.
  81. “shell:Recent”
    Note: Opens up recent items folder
  82. “shell:RecordedTVLibrary”
    Note: Opens up recorder file in the Windows 10 system
  83. “shell:RecycleBinFolder”
    Note: Opens the system Recycle Bin folder
  84. “shell:ResourceDir”
    Note: Opens up the Resource folder
  85. “shell:Retail Demo”
    Note: Opens up Demo folder
  86. “shell:Ringtones”
    Note: Opens up the Ringtones folder in Windows 10
  87. “shell:Roamed Tile Images”
    Note: Opens up the Roamed Tile images folder
  88. “shell:Roaming Tiles”
    Note: Opens the Roaming Tiles folder
  89. “shell:SavedGames”
    Note: It opens the SavedGames folder you have in the Windows 10 system
  90. “shell:Screenshots”
    Note: Opens the Screenshots folder
  91. “shell:Searches”
    Note: Opens the Search folder.
  92. “shell:SearchHistoryFolder”
    Note: Opens the Search History folder you have in the system.
  93. “shell:SearchHomeFolder”
    Note: Opens the Search Home folder.
  94. “shell:SearchTemplatesFolder”
    Note: Opens the Search templates folder.
  95. “shell:SendTo”
    Note: Opens the SendTo folder.
  96. “shell:SkyDriveCameraRoll”
    Note: Opens the SkyDriveCameraRoll folder.
  97. “shell:SkyDriveMusic”
    Note: Opens the SkyDriveMusic folder.
  98. “shell:SkyDrivePictures”
    Note: Opens the SkyDrivePictures folder.
  99. “shell:Start Menu”
    Note: Opens up the Start menu folder.
  100. “shell:StartMenuAllPrograms”
    Note: Opens the AllPrograms folder you have in the start menu.
  101. “shell:Startup”
    Note: Opens the Startup folder.
  102. “shell:SyncCenterFolder”
    Note: Opens the SyncCenter folder.
  103. “shell:SyncResultsFolder”
    Note: Opens the SyncResults folder.
  104. “shell:SyncSetupFolder”
    Note: opens the SyncSetup folder.
  105. “shell:System”
    Note: Opens the System folder.
  106. “shell:SystemCertificates”
    Note: Opens the SystemCertificates folder.
  107. “shell:SystemX86”
    Note: Opens SystemX86 folder.
  108. “shell:Templates”
    Note: Opens the Templates folder.
  109. “shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder”
    Note: Opens the ThisPCDesktop folder.
  110. “shell:User Pinned”
    Note: Opens User pinned folder.
  111. “shell:UserProfiles”
    Note: Opens the user profiles folder.
  112. “shell:UserProgramFiles”
    Note: Opens Program Files folder.
  113. “shell:UserProgramFilesCommon”
    Note: Opens Program Files Common folder.
  114. “shell:UsersFilesFolder”
    Note: Opens the Files folder from a specific user you are logged in with.
  115. “shell:UsersLibrariesFolder”
    Note: Opens the Libraries folder for a specific user.
  116. “shell:VideosLibrary”
    Note: Opens Video library folder.
  117. “shell:Windows”
    Note: Opens the “Windows” folder.

Is it worth mentioning that you can use the commands listed above in CMD and File Explorer as well. If you prefer CMD, simply type start and then add the Shell command that you want to run. In File Explorer, you can use the address bar to enter the commands listed above.

There you have it, a quick way to access the Run window as well as all the available shell commands within the Windows 10 operating system. If you have any questions related to this guide, let us know in the comments below and we will help you as soon as we can.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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