Ultimate List of Shell Locations in Windows 8

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Shell Locations are special virtual folders or applets in Windows that provide access to certain locations on your hard drive, windows’ features, locations such as control panel or something inside it directly. These shell locations can be accessed via shell:::{GUID} command in Run dialogue box.

You can directly open something using Shell Folders or create a shortcut for your ease since GUID windows use are not meant to be memorized by someone. So you can create a shortcut to your desired applet or location on your computer.

How to Use Shell Locations in Windows 8:

Like we have already discussed, each ActiveX object in windows is assigned with a unique GUID that can be used in the following manner:

shell:::{GUID HERE}

For example got to Run dialogue Box and enter the following command and it will open control panel.

shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}

One may be wondering here that Control Panel can be opened directly through one click as well then why use these shell locations?

Actually these shell locations provide you complete accessibility and ease of working. For example above command will open Control Panel in Category view but if you directly want to open Control Panel in Icons view then you may use the following shell location:

shell:::{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}

How to create Shortcut Using Shell Locations:

So now you have an idea of what shell locations can do and how they can be helpful in saving time. You can create a shortcut of your own to a specific setting in control panel instead of browsing all the way to it.

There are two methods to create shortcut of a shell location:

  • Create a new folder and name it as ANYTHING.{GUID} where anything is the name of the folder/shortcut you want to create.
  • Right click on your desktop and go to New > Shortcut in the new dialogue box, enter the GUID in the following manner:

Explorer.exe shell:::{GUID}

For example, following shortcut will be created to Control Panel. You can name the shortcut anything after clicking the Next button.

GUID sortcut in Windows 8

You must have learned the usefulness of shell locations and how they can be helpful in your windows experience, so here we are sharing an ultimate list of Windows 8 Shell Locations which you can use to access certain features of windows 8 or create your own shortcuts for accessibility.

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}