CLSID (GUID) shell location list in Windows 10

There are lots of shell locations in Windows 10, that you can access via shell:::{GUID} commands from the "Run" dialog. They are also known as "Shell Folders". With each version of Windows, many new shell locations are added. Here is the list of CLSID (GUID) shell locations available in Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

What are Shell Folders

Shell folders are ActiveX objects that implement a special virtual folder or a virtual applet. In some cases, they provide access to physical folders on your hard drive or even to special OS functionality like "Minimize all Windows" or the Alt+Tab switcher.

What you can do with Shell Folders

You can use them in various scenarios, but in the general case you can use them to create a shortcut to a specific Control Panel applet or a Windows feature. For example, the following command will open the "Network Connections" folder:


Note: Press Win+R keys on your keyboard, copy the command above and paste it in the "Run" dialog.

The following command will open Control panel always in "Category" view:


And the following command will open Control Panel in icon-view, either small or large, that was set by the user the last time he opened it.


There are lots of interesting things there. You may already know the famous so called God Mode/All Tasks shell location.

Tip: You can use Winaero Tweaker to create a shortcut for any shell folder in Windows 10. It comes with the following option.

Use it to save your time.

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Today I would like to share with you the most comprehensive list of shell locations I have discovered in Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

CLSID (GUID) shell location list in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Shell location Command
ActiveX Cache Folder shell:::{88C6C381-2E85-11D0-94DE-444553540000}
Add Network Place shell:::{D4480A50-BA28-11d1-8E75-00C04FA31A86}
Administrative Tools shell:::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
All Control Panel Items shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
All Settings shell:::{5ED4F38C-D3FF-4D61-B506-6820320AEBFE}
All Tasks shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Applications shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}
AppSuggestedLocations shell:::{c57a6066-66a3-4d91-9eb9-41532179f0a5}
AutoPlay shell:::{9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
Backup and Restore (Windows 7) shell:::{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
BitLocker Drive Encryption shell:::{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Bluetooth Devices shell:::{28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}
Briefcase shell:::{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}
Cabinet Shell Folder shell:::{0CD7A5C0-9F37-11CE-AE65-08002B2E1262}
CLSID_AppInstanceFolder shell:::{64693913-1c21-4f30-a98f-4e52906d3b56}
CLSID_DBFolder shell:::{b2952b16-0e07-4e5a-b993-58c52cb94cae}
CLSID_DBFolderBoth shell:::{1bef2128-2f96-4500-ba7c-098dc0049cb2}
CLSID_SearchHome shell:::{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}
CLSID_StartMenuCommandingProviderFolder shell:::{a00ee528-ebd9-48b8-944a-8942113d46ac}
CLSID_StartMenuLauncherProviderFolder shell:::{98F275B4-4FFF-11E0-89E2-7B86DFD72085}
CLSID_StartMenuPathCompleteProviderFolder shell:::{e345f35f-9397-435c-8f95-4e922c26259e}
CLSID_StartMenuProviderFolder shell:::{daf95313-e44d-46af-be1b-cbacea2c3065}
Command Folder shell:::{437ff9c0-a07f-4fa0-af80-84b6c6440a16}
Common Places FS Folder shell:::{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}
CompressedFolder shell:::{E88DCCE0-B7B3-11d1-A9F0-00AA0060FA31}
Connect To shell:::{38A98528-6CBF-4CA9-8DC0-B1E1D10F7B1B}
Control Panel shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}
Control Panel shell:::{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}
Credential Manager shell:::{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Default Programs shell:::{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
delegate folder that appears in Computer shell:::{b155bdf8-02f0-451e-9a26-ae317cfd7779}
delegate folder that appears in Users Files Folder shell:::{DFFACDC5-679F-4156-8947-C5C76BC0B67F}
Desktop shell:::{00021400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
DeviceCenter Initialization shell:::{C2B136E2-D50E-405C-8784-363C582BF43E}
DevicePairingFolder Initialization shell:::{AEE2420F-D50E-405C-8784-363C582BF45A}
Devices and Printers shell:::{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
Display shell:::{C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}
DLNA Content Directory Data Source shell:::{D2035EDF-75CB-4EF1-95A7-410D9EE17170}
DXP shell:::{8FD8B88D-30E1-4F25-AC2B-553D3D65F0EA}
Ease of Access Center shell:::{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
E-mail shell:::{2559a1f5-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Enhanced Storage Data Source shell:::{9113A02D-00A3-46B9-BC5F-9C04DADDD5D7}
Explorer Browser Results Folder shell:::{418c8b64-5463-461d-88e0-75e2afa3c6fa}
Favorites shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}
File Backup Index shell:::{877ca5ac-cb41-4842-9c69-9136e42d47e2}
File Explorer Options shell:::{6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}
File History shell:::{F6B6E965-E9B2-444B-9286-10C9152EDBC5}
FileHistoryDataSource shell:::{2F6CE85C-F9EE-43CA-90C7-8A9BD53A2467}
Folder Shortcut shell:::{0AFACED1-E828-11D1-9187-B532F1E9575D}
Font settings shell:::{93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}
Fonts shell:::{BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}
Frequent folders shell:::{3936E9E4-D92C-4EEE-A85A-BC16D5EA0819}
Fusion Cache shell:::{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
Games shell:::{ED228FDF-9EA8-4870-83b1-96b02CFE0D52}
Get Programs shell:::{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
History shell:::{FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}
Homegroup shell:::{6785BFAC-9D2D-4be5-B7E2-59937E8FB80A}
HomeGroup shell:::{67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
Homegroup shell:::{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}
IE History and Feeds Shell Data Source for Windows Search shell:::{11016101-E366-4D22-BC06-4ADA335C892B}
IE RSS Feeds Folder shell:::{9a096bb5-9dc3-4d1c-8526-c3cbf991ea4e}
Installed Updates shell:::{d450a8a1-9568-45c7-9c0e-b4f9fb4537bd}
Language shell:::{BF782CC9-5A52-4A17-806C-2A894FFEEAC5}
LayoutFolder shell:::{328B0346-7EAF-4BBE-A479-7CB88A095F5B}
Libraries shell:::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
Libraries delegate folder that appears in Users Files Folder shell:::{896664F7-12E1-490f-8782-C0835AFD98FC}
Library Folder shell:::{a5a3563a-5755-4a6f-854e-afa3230b199f}
Location Folder shell:::{267cf8a9-f4e3-41e6-95b1-af881be130ff}
Manage Wireless Networks shell:::{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
Media Servers shell:::{289AF617-1CC3-42A6-926C-E6A863F0E3BA}
Microsoft FTP Folder shell:::{63da6ec0-2e98-11cf-8d82-444553540000}
Microsoft Office Outlook shell:::{89D83576-6BD1-4c86-9454-BEB04E94C819}
My Documents shell:::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
Network shell:::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Network shell:::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}
Network and Sharing Center shell:::{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}
Network Connections shell:::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
Network Connections shell:::{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}
Notification Area Icons shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Offline Files shell:::{BD7A2E7B-21CB-41b2-A086-B309680C6B7E}
Offline Files Folder shell:::{AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E}
OneDrive shell:::{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}
Personalization shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Pictures shell:::{45e8e0e8-7ae9-41ad-a9e8-594972716684}
Portable Devices shell:::{35786D3C-B075-49b9-88DD-029876E11C01}
Power Options shell:::{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Previous Versions shell:::{9DB7A13C-F208-4981-8353-73CC61AE2783}
Previous Versions Results Delegate Folder shell:::{a3c3d402-e56c-4033-95f7-4885e80b0111}
Previous Versions Results Folder shell:::{f8c2ab3b-17bc-41da-9758-339d7dbf2d88}
Printers shell:::{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
Printers shell:::{863aa9fd-42df-457b-8e4d-0de1b8015c60}
printhood delegate folder shell:::{ed50fc29-b964-48a9-afb3-15ebb9b97f36}
Programs and Features shell:::{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
Public shell:::{4336a54d-038b-4685-ab02-99bb52d3fb8b}
Recent folders shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}
Recent Items Instance Folder shell:::{4564b25e-30cd-4787-82ba-39e73a750b14}
Recovery shell:::{9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
Recycle Bin shell:::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections shell:::{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Removable Drives shell:::{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}
Removable Storage Devices shell:::{a6482830-08eb-41e2-84c1-73920c2badb9}
Results Folder shell:::{2965e715-eb66-4719-b53f-1672673bbefa}
Run... shell:::{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Search shell:::{04731B67-D933-450a-90E6-4ACD2E9408FE}
Search shell:::{2559a1f0-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Search Connector Folder shell:::{72b36e70-8700-42d6-a7f7-c9ab3323ee51}
Security and Maintenance shell:::{BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults shell:::{2559a1f7-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Shell DocObject Viewer shell:::{E7E4BC40-E76A-11CE-A9BB-00AA004AE837}
Shell File System Folder shell:::{0E5AAE11-A475-4c5b-AB00-C66DE400274E}
Shell File System Folder shell:::{F3364BA0-65B9-11CE-A9BA-00AA004AE837}
Show desktop shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
Speech Recognition shell:::{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Start Menu shell:::{48e7caab-b918-4e58-a94d-505519c795dc}
Storage Spaces shell:::{F942C606-0914-47AB-BE56-1321B8035096}
StreamBackedFolder shell:::{EDC978D6-4D53-4b2f-A265-5805674BE568}
Subscription Folder shell:::{F5175861-2688-11d0-9C5E-00AA00A45957}
Switch between windows shell:::{3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
Sync Center shell:::{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
Sync Center Conflict Delegate Folder shell:::{E413D040-6788-4C22-957E-175D1C513A34}
Sync Center Conflict Folder shell:::{289978AC-A101-4341-A817-21EBA7FD046D}
Sync Results Delegate Folder shell:::{BC48B32F-5910-47F5-8570-5074A8A5636A}
Sync Results Folder shell:::{71D99464-3B6B-475C-B241-E15883207529}
Sync Setup Delegate Folder shell:::{F1390A9A-A3F4-4E5D-9C5F-98F3BD8D935C}
Sync Setup Folder shell:::{2E9E59C0-B437-4981-A647-9C34B9B90891}
System shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
System Restore shell:::{3f6bc534-dfa1-4ab4-ae54-ef25a74e0107}
Taskbar and Navigation shell:::{0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}
Temporary Internet Files shell:::{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}
Temporary Internet Files shell:::{7BD29E01-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}
The Internet shell:::{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
This Device shell:::{5b934b42-522b-4c34-bbfe-37a3ef7b9c90}
This PC shell:::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
This PC shell:::{5E5F29CE-E0A8-49D3-AF32-7A7BDC173478}
Troubleshooting shell:::{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
User Accounts shell:::{60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}
User Accounts shell:::{7A9D77BD-5403-11d2-8785-2E0420524153}
User Pinned shell:::{1f3427c8-5c10-4210-aa03-2ee45287d668}
UsersFiles shell:::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}
Windows Defender shell:::{D8559EB9-20C0-410E-BEDA-7ED416AECC2A}
Windows Features shell:::{67718415-c450-4f3c-bf8a-b487642dc39b}
Windows Firewall shell:::{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Windows Mobility Center shell:::{5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}
Windows Security shell:::{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Work Folders shell:::{ECDB0924-4208-451E-8EE0-373C0956DE16}
WWan Shell Folder shell:::{87630419-6216-4ff8-a1f0-143562d16d5c}
Windows Tools (new to 21H2+) shell:::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}

You can use them to create shortcuts to access your favorite Windows features directly. Also, you can create a new folder and name it "<Anything>.{GUID}" to access the shell location directly from there instead of creating a shortcut.

You need to use Explorer.exe shell:::{GUID} as the shortcut target to create a shortcut to a specific shell location. Alternatively, you can use the following syntax:

explorer /e,::{CLSID}

In the following example, I will create a shortcut to the Show Desktop  command.

See the following article: Add the Show Desktop button next to Start in Windows 10

That's it.

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23 thoughts on “CLSID (GUID) shell location list in Windows 10”

  1. This is the only I need:
    Connect To shell:::{38A98528-6CBF-4CA9-8DC0-B1E1D10F7B1B}
    And it don’t work!

    Anyone an idea??

  2. I want to pin the Display Settings, so I created a shortcut with this as the target: “C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}” (I just put in “explorer.exe” and Windows added the path).

    When I try to run it, I get an error: This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program…

    I don’t understand why it’s not working. Any help would be very appreciated!


  3. C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f7-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} does not bring up “set program access and computer defaults” on windows 10 1803.

    I hate windows 10!

  4. Without WinAeroTweaker I would not dream of using Win10. I don’t know if I must thank you ;-)
    There is something I have not found, not even in your extensive documentation : I hate the fact that Disks and folders are duplicated with different roots in the navigation pane (Quick Access, Libraries,. My User Profile, My PC, removable drives, Network and others.) Win Aero Tweaker helped me a lot towards an more ergonomic experience.
    I did not succeed in creating shortcuts for my Profile, Documents and Downloads that will open from “This PC C:\Users\Username” in the navigation pane, instead they open as a “root” folder in the navigation pane with no link to the disk. (I know that Linux has been contaminated as well with the “Places” view in the navigation pane, but at least one can switch to the tree view there.)

  5. Sound – Speaker Properties
    I ‘m trying to make a “Speaker Properties…” shortcut.
    This can be natural opened by -> R.Click Taskbar volume icon -> Sounds -> “Speakers” (default sound device) -> Speaker Properties -> (for example) “Tone” tab (settings here may differ depends sound card, but this can set, for example, bass-treble balance etc.)
    As you see there are too many clicks to get this options and this is the reason I trying to make shortcut for this.

    I opened (classic) Windows Task Manager and checked the process for that. Some info about:
    Image name: rundll32.exe
    Command Line: “C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe” shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,sounds
    Description: Windows host process (Rundll32)

    Is there anyone that Can help me please?

  6. hey Erik check this one out you might like this one..I call it God Mode…gives you access to ALL thing..just wish I can post a screen shot on here..

  7. hey Erik check this one out you might like this one..I call it God Mode…gives you access to ALL thing..just wish I can post a screen shot on here.. (.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C})
    type it exactly as you see it

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