New Shortcuts, Shell Commands and CLSID in Windows 8

Windows has a set of certain folders which are identified by unique strings referred to as CLSID or Windows Class Identifiers. These folders can be accessed by using the CLSID identifier codes that Windows assigns to each individual folder in the Windows Registry. If you know the codes, you can launch these with ease.

Apart from the exisiting shell commands, shortcuts and CLSID’s, which are present in Windows 7, Windows 8 offers some new shortcuts, shell commands and CLID’s. Using these you can create desktop shortcuts, if you wish.

Some new Shortcuts, Shell Commands and CLSID in Windows 8

Metro file search from the desktop: Allows you to search for files from the desktop. The Search panel appears on the right side of your screen

%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f0-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

Proximity Service

%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{8060B2E3-C9D7-4A5D-8C6B-CE8EBA111328}

Network Panel: It opens the Networks panel on the right side of the screen

rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\van.dll, RunVAN

Programs Folder and Fast Items: Lists all the attached programs and folders that appear in the Start Screen and/or all Metro apps

%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{865e5e76-ad83-4dca-A109-50dc2113ce9a}

Refresh or Reset PC

%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}

Windows 7 File Recovery: Back up or restore your files

%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}

All Settings: Almost identical to All Tasks or Master Control Panel or God Mode, but just sorted differently – call it the New Super Mode in Windows 8 if you wish!

%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{F90C627B-7280-45db-BC26-CCE7BDD620A4}

All Apps

explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-B780-3893943456e1}

Memory Storage Space

%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{F942C606-47AB-0914-BE56-1321B8035096}

Show Desktop

%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}

User Account Pictures

explorer.exe shell:AccountPictures

List of Installed Applications


Auto Start Up


Roaming Tiles

shell:Roaming Tiles

Some ready-to-use Windows 8 desktop shortcuts

I have created some ready-to-use desktop shortcuts based on some of these these. You can download them by clicking here. You will have to select and set an icon for them however, depending on your choice.

I came across this list here. The site is in German, but you could use the Bing Translator to read the post.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Phrozencrew2020

    Thanks!!! Godmode Activated…

  2. Adhammagdy

    WOW i’ve always used this clsid thing to hide folder contents and trick my brothers… i just wish there was an automated tool to turn folders to these thing w/o having to manually rename or modify desktop.ini

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