Beyond Windows 7 “GodMode” – 94 More Secret Windows Shortcuts Unveiled
We posted about a small utility “God Mode Creator” before. If you liked the “God Mode” concept then you will surely like this. Ed Bott has uncovered a list of 94 secret Windows 7 shortcuts which are not documented by Microsoft. The list includes the following type of shortcuts: folders from current user profiles, other interesting per-user folders, virtual folders and Control Panel shortcuts, system and per-machine folders. You can head over to the article for the complete list and information by clicking here.
These new shortcuts involve the shell command, which is undocumented in the Windows 7 Help files or on Microsoft’s web site. The idea is to give Windows programs and users access to common locations using the Windows shell, i.e, Windows Explorer. The syntax is very simple – type shell, followed by a colon and the name of the shell folder location. For instance, the shell shortcut for your profile folder is shell:Profile. Even though these commands are not case-sensitive, they will not work in-case of a typo. You can use these shortcuts from the Run + dialog box.
Below are the shortcuts as found by Ed Bott and posted in his article:
Note: Many, but not all, of these shortcuts work with Windows Vista, and a some work with Windows XP too.
Folders from Current User Profile
User Profile folder of logged-on user
Same as shell:profile
Documents folder from profile of logged-on user
Music folder from profile of logged-on user
Pictures folder from profile of logged-on user
Videos folder from profile of logged-on user
Contacts folder from profile of logged-on user (deprecated)
Desktop folder from profile of logged-on user
Downloads folder from profile of logged-on user
Internet Explorer Favorites folder from profile of logged-on user
Searches folder from profile of logged-on user; contains saved searches
Links folder from profile of logged-on user; contains shortcuts from Favorites node in Windows Explorer navigation pane
Folders from Public User Profile
Public User Profile folder
Sample Music folder (by default in PublicMusic folder)
Sample Pictures folder (by default in PublicPictures folder)
Sample Videos folder (by default in PublicVideos folder)