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Open folders using a Run Command

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7 Dec 2010CPOL 34.1K   5   10


In an attempt to make a program with intellisense on the Run Dialog I came across a trick I had to share (note this is my first article).


I've been reading a few "memory" books recently and concluded its easier to remember a folders name rather than the directory it lives in. Simple.

Annoyances this trick aims to overcome

Forgetting folder locations

Double clicking My Computer taking like a minute to show the drives.

Reducing the time spent trawling through the Windows Explorer Treeview &/or traversing the hierarchy with double clicks.


  1. Create a shortcut of a favorite folder (eg Music)
  2. Rename the shortcut nicely (eg tunes)
  3. Put the shortcut in c:\Documents & settings\YourUserProfile

Now press Windows key + R > type tunes > enter

Note: Some users might need to put the short cuts in their My Documents directory. You could probably put the shortcut in any folder included in the PATH environment variable. The reason this works is because the Run command starts in the user's home directory by default.


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Abinash Bishoyi23-Apr-12 3:01
Abinash Bishoyi23-Apr-12 3:01 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 The tip is for sure good.. Pin
Pravin Patil, Mumbai13-Sep-11 1:32
Pravin Patil, Mumbai13-Sep-11 1:32 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Nice trick Pin
Girish J Jain18-Dec-10 10:16
Girish J Jain18-Dec-10 10:16 
GeneralGood TIPS Pin
Abdul Quader Mamun16-Dec-10 10:26
Abdul Quader Mamun16-Dec-10 10:26 
GeneralReason for my vote of 4 This is a very useful trick. This al... Pin
NirdeshSaini6-Dec-10 17:31
NirdeshSaini6-Dec-10 17:31 
GeneralHere's a tool "Favorite Finder" to choose all your favorites... Pin
meaningoflights5-Dec-10 11:56
meaningoflights5-Dec-10 11:56 
GeneralHere is a tool called Favorite Finder to choose all your fav... Pin
meaningoflights5-Dec-10 11:53
meaningoflights5-Dec-10 11:53 
GeneralInteresting, but I find the shortcut not very useful for my ... Pin
Dr.Walt Fair, PE3-Dec-10 18:21
professionalDr.Walt Fair, PE3-Dec-10 18:21 
GeneralReason for my vote of 3 Useful shortcut, but i would prefer ... Pin
maq_rohit2-Dec-10 22:51
professionalmaq_rohit2-Dec-10 22:51 
GeneralRe: Reason for my vote of 3Useful shortcut, but i would prefer ... Pin
meaningoflights19-Apr-12 1:25
meaningoflights19-Apr-12 1:25 

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