Shell commands

Thanks to Shawn Brink for publishing the complete list on Here is a subset of that list of items that I use on a regular basis: shell:AppsFolder Applications shell:desktop Desktop shell:downloads %UserProfile%\Downloads shell:Programs %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs shell:Quick Launch %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch shell:SendTo %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo shell:Start Menu %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu shell:StartMenuAllPrograms StartMenuAllPrograms shell:Startup %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup #shell-commands-table td { […]

Send To

You can add things to the “Send To” option in Explorer, by simply creating shortcuts to programs in the following directory: When you put a shortcut here, when you choose this, the file’s full name gets passed as an argument to the program referenced by the shortcut. This can be easier than trying to add […]


Basic usage of robocopy – there are a lot more options, but this is what I find useful: /E will include subdirectories /COPY uses DAT by default (Data, Attributes, Timestamps) /DCOPY uses DA by default /MIR will delete items that are in the target but not the source

God Mode in Windows

Windows settings are scattered all over the place. In Windows 10, the Start Menu search function does a pretty good job of finding settings by keyword, but it wasn’t always like this. “God Mode” was built for Windows 7, but still available today. To create a shortcut to “God Mode”, which puts all kinds of […]

Create Bootable USB from Windows

I’ve had amazingly bad luck with different programs and operating systems, just trying to create bootable thumb drives. In Windows, when creating a Windows bootable USB, this seems to work, with the instructions found here: No promises that this will work everywhere.

Convert PDF to JPG

This is a pretty limited use case, probably something that will never be needed, but if you need to convert a PDF file to a JPG image, you may be able to do it with this command: Prerequisites ImageMagick Ghostscript VC++ 2013 redistributable