The most comprehensive list of shell locations in Windows 8

There are lots of shell locations in Windows, 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.

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. Another interesting one that I have found is the "Command Folder" that represents Explorer ribbon/toolbar commands:


The result looks as follows:

Today I would like to share with you the most comprehensive list of shell locations I have discovered in Windows 8.

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.

Note: You have to use Explorer.exe shell:::{GUID} as the shortcut target to create a shortcut to a specific shell location. In the following example, I will create a shortcut to the Show Desktop  command.

Full list of Shell locations in Windows 8

Shell location Command
Action Center shell:::{BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
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:::{F90C627B-7280-45DB-BC26-CCE7BDD620A4}
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}
Biometric Devices shell:::{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
BitLocker Drive Encryption shell:::{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Bluetooth Devices shell:::{28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}
Briefcase shell:::{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}
CLSID_SearchHome shell:::{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}
Command Folder shell:::{437ff9c0-a07f-4fa0-af80-84b6c6440a16}
Common Places FS Folder shell:::{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}
Computer shell:::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
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}
Devices and Printers shell:::{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
Display shell:::{C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}
Ease of Access Center shell:::{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
Family Safety shell:::{96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A47A7E3C548B}
Favorites shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}
File History shell:::{F6B6E965-E9B2-444B-9286-10C9152EDBC5}
Folder Options shell:::{6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}
Folder Shortcut shell:::{0AFACED1-E828-11D1-9187-B532F1E9575D}
Font settings shell:::{93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}
Games shell:::{ED228FDF-9EA8-4870-83b1-96b02CFE0D52}
Get Programs shell:::{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
Help and Support shell:::{2559a1f1-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Homegroup shell:::{6785BFAC-9D2D-4be5-B7E2-59937E8FB80A}
HomeGroup shell:::{67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
Homegroup shell:::{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}
Installed Updates shell:::{d450a8a1-9568-45c7-9c0e-b4f9fb4537bd}
Language shell:::{BF782CC9-5A52-4A17-806C-2A894FFEEAC5}
Libraries shell:::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
Location Settings shell:::{E9950154-C418-419e-A90A-20C5287AE24B}
Media Servers shell:::{289AF617-1CC3-42A6-926C-E6A863F0E3BA}
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 Folder shell:::{AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E}
Performance Information and Tools shell:::{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Personalization shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Portable Devices shell:::{35786D3C-B075-49b9-88DD-029876E11C01}
Power Options shell:::{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
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}
Programs Folder shell:::{7be9d83c-a729-4d97-b5a7-1b7313c39e0a}
Programs Folder and Fast Items shell:::{865e5e76-ad83-4dca-a109-50dc2113ce9a}
Public shell:::{4336a54d-038b-4685-ab02-99bb52d3fb8b}
Recent places shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}
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 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}
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults shell:::{2559a1f7-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Show desktop shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
Speech Recognition shell:::{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Storage Spaces shell:::{F942C606-0914-47AB-BE56-1321B8035096}
Switch between windows shell:::{3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
Sync Center shell:::{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
Sync Setup Folder shell:::{2E9E59C0-B437-4981-A647-9C34B9B90891}
System shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
Taskbar shell:::{0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}
The Internet shell:::{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
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 7 File Recovery shell:::{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
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 SideShow shell:::{E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}
Windows Update shell:::{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}
WWan Shell Folder shell:::{87630419-6216-4ff8-a1f0-143562d16d5c}

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8 thoughts on “The most comprehensive list of shell locations in Windows 8

  1. SwahiliWizz

    Hi Sergey,
    I am running Win8.1.
    First, you hint, but do not propertly name, explain, or clarify the basic difference between creating a shortcut, an a file folder, using a Windows {CLSID} shell command. There is a vital difference in result, and the effects in a Taskbar toolbar of the “Desktop” folder is fundamental.
    Second, on my PC, the file folder-version of “Show Desktop” does not work. It also emits a Windows default dong-sound (?warning) if moused-over in the Desktop-folder toolbar on my Taskbar. The shortcut-version of “Show Desktop, by contrast, does work.

    In addition, why does the vital “Recent Items”, or “Recent” shell command name, not have a {CLSID} anywhere I can find, in order to use it directly, like you explain above?


    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      What is there to explain? Some locations have CLSIDs, some have shell commands. It is in Microsoft’s hands, there is no reason why some don’t have a CLSID and vice versa

  2. Rado


    All settings (also known as godmode) is different this days.
    It should be as: shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and this works on my Windows 10.

    BTW, the one in you winaero app (which is great, thank you for it!) also probably needs an update.

    I took the proper link from


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