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More "hidden" features of Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help' started by Ztruker, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Ztruker

    Ztruker Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    You can use the shell command to access a lot of things directly, rather than having to navigate via Windows Explorer:

    Examples:

    shell:profile
    This opens your user profile folder (on a default installation, you’ll find this at c:\users\username). You can get the same results by clicking your account name at the top of the Start menu’s right column. This location is also accessible via the environment variable %userprofile%.

    shell:personal
    Typing this command takes you straight to the Documents folder in your user profile. You can reach the same destination by clicking the Documents shortcut on the Start menu’s right column.

    shell:SendTo
    C:\Users\accountname\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
    This one solves a real usability problem for Windows users who are used to running with hidden files visible. If you look in your user profile folder, you’ll see a normally hidden SendTo shortcut. But clicking that shortcut displays this error message:

    See this Ed Bott article for all 94 of them: 94 more secret Windows shortcuts