Create a Shortcut to Windows Explorer Objects Using CLSID

Hi SysAdmins

CLSID stands for Windows Class Identifiers, which are  long number that represents a unique id for an application component.

CLSIDs can be used to target application component without knowing their name.

If we want to create a shortcut to a location in a computer without stating its name, we can use CLSIDs.

Lets say that you want to set the windows explorer start-up folder in windows 7 to open up My Computer.

 Close all Explorer screens and hold down the Shift key.Now  right-click the Explorer icon, and select Properties.

Enter the following line in the Target field.

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Now, when you click the Explorer icon in the lower pane, it defaults to ‘My Computer’.

You can use the following CLSIDs the same way to create targeted shortcuts.

Target CLSID
My Computer ::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}
My Documents ::{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}
My Network Places ::{208d2c60-3aea-1069-a2d7-08002b30309d}
Network Computers ::{1f4de370-d627-11d1-ba4f-00a0c91eedba}
Network Connections ::{7007acc7-3202-11d1-aad2-00805fc1270e}
Printers and Faxes ::{2227a280-3aea-1069-a2de-08002b30309d}
Recycle Bin ::{645ff040-5081-101b-9f08-00aa002f954e}
Scheduled Tasks ::{d6277990-4c6a-11cf-8d87-00aa0060f5bf}
Start Menu Folder ::{48e7caab-b918-4e58-a94d-505519c795dc}
Temporary Internet Files ::{7bd29e00-76c1-11cf-9dd0-00a0c9034933}
Web Folders ::{bdeadf00-c265-11d0-bced-00a0c90ab50f}
Scanners and Cameras ::{e211b736-43fd-11d1-9efb-0000f8757fcd}
Programs Folder ::{7be9d83c-a729-4d97-b5a7-1b7313c39e0a}
Administrative Tools ::{d20ea4e1-3957-11d2-a40b-0c5020524153}
Briefcase ::{85bbd92o-42a0-1o69-a2e4-08002b30309d}
Control Panel ::{21ec2o2o-3aea-1o69-a2dd-08002b30309d}
Fonts ::{d20ea4e1-3957-11d2-a40b-0c5020524152}
History ::{ff393560-c2a7-11cf-bff4-444553540000}
Inbox ::{00020d75-0000-0000-c000-000000000046}
Microsoft Network ::{00028b00-0000-0000-c000-000000000046}

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