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Windows 7: User Folder - Create Your Own Special Folders

11 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows XP Professional, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Linx

So just what is the purpose of having a "special folder" anyway?

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14 Jul 2011   #11

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jberghem View Post
This is not creating a "special folder"

This is simply the old DOS way of making a shortcut.

cd\users\username = change directory to \users\username the same as just hitting the "username" link in your start menu.
mklink /d Installatie d:\Installatie = make a link (synonym to shortcut) to the directory d:\Installatie and call it Installatie and this is just the same command the windows GUI sends when you right click in the folder than go to new -> shortcut.

That is also why you get the shortcut arrow. Sorry no special folder at all!!

Please do not write tutorials if you're not really sure of what you're doing!

Is there no moderator in this forum that checks these tutorials?

BTW: if you want a "special folder" (which is actually just a regular folder in your user directory) and have it appear in the favorites list in the left panel, just create a folder, name it and drag and drop it to the favorites list.
This is the difference.
User Folder - Create Your Own Special Folders-mklinks.png
A symlink will appear in the Navigation Pane and can open it's hierarchy tree from there. A shortcut will not.

(And the favorites list has many enemies. )

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07 Apr 2016   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
BUG with naming folders like 'GODMODE.{clsid}'?

I've been trying to add use frequent-specialFolders (like recent), using the 'new folder' - name.{CLSID} trick

a documented feature of the shell whereby filesystem folders can be easily made into namespace junctions, as described here on MSDN. Basically, any folder named <DisplayName>.<CLSID> will show up with just the <DisplayName> portion visible in Explorer, and navigating into the folder will take you to the namespace root defined by the <CLSID> portion of the name. This isn’t a user feature, it’s a developer feature.
Mine isn't working! I get the long name, with the .{CLSID} suffix...

Is anyone else having this problem?
Any ideas?

UPDATE - appears to have resolved. All I did was boot into Windows (Clean), noticed no issue, changed some folder type settings (show protected, don't hide known filetypes...), nothing caused the .{CLSID} folder suffix to be visible.

Created a new user admin account TEST, logged in, no issues... rebooted, logged into my own userprofile... problem resolved : )

Got one more build to try this on, might shootTheReg, see if any noticeable changes are made in ~HKCU
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07 Apr 2016   #13

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Jonny, :)

A "Control Panel All Tasks List" (aka: Godmode) shortcut is unrelated to this tutorial, but the tutorial below should help instead.

Control Panel All Tasks List Shortcut
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16 Apr 2016   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

nope. just purged a diffdisk, and my fix^^ ain't working.

looks like I'm stuck with it

That's on a new user account, which makes me think it's a LocalMachine-scope thing...

Red herring
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12 Dec 2016   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Folder in User Folder?

Hi, do you know what controls which folders are seen in the UserFolder?!

The userfolder is on the explorer nav. pane, and can be added to the start menu panel.

I've moved Quick Launch and Favorites to my userfolder, neither is visible via my userfolder (Shell Object).

If I go via environment variables (ie a path, %userprofile%\ ) the dir's are seen.

Thinking it might be only junctions are shown, I checked (dir /a)

All I see are

My Documents
Links (ie win7 'Quick Access')

Is this just me?

Even with show system files I can't see relocated Quick Launch - even though the path resolves, the hard coded env string path takes precedent

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12 Dec 2016   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I've changed AppData (folder only, of course) to not be hidden.

Re Quick Launch, guessing Parsing Name 'dunnit. testing with favorites
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12 Dec 2016   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

solved :)

Added Parent, Relative,& ParsingName, also to wow64 @
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\FolderDescriptions \{1777F761-68AD-4D8A-87BD-30B759FA33DD}
REG_SZ (Default) (value not set)
REG_DWORD Attributes 0x00000001 (1)
REG_DWORD Category 0x00000004 (4)
REG_EXPAND_SZ Icon %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-115
REG_EXPAND_SZ LocalizedName @%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21796
REG_SZ Name Favorites
REG_SZ ParsingName ::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\{1777F761-68AD-4D8A-87BD-30B759FA33DD}
REG_DWORD PreCreate 0x00000001 (1)
REG_DWORD PublishExpandedPath 0x00000001 (1)
REG_SZ RelativePath Favorites
REG_DWORD Roamable 0x00000001 (1)
It's the little things :)

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