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Environment.SpecialFolder Enumeration

Specifies enumerated constants used to retrieve directory paths to system special folders.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public enum SpecialFolder

Member nameDescription
Supported by the .NET Compact FrameworkSupported by the XNA FrameworkApplicationDataThe directory that serves as a common repository for application-specific data for the current roaming user.

A roaming user works on more than one computer on a network. A roaming user's profile is kept on a server on the network and is loaded onto a system when the user logs on.

CommonApplicationDataThe directory that serves as a common repository for application-specific data that is used by all users.
LocalApplicationDataThe directory that serves as a common repository for application-specific data that is used by the current, non-roaming user.
CookiesThe directory that serves as a common repository for Internet cookies.
DesktopThe logical Desktop rather than the physical file system location.
Supported by the .NET Compact FrameworkSupported by the XNA FrameworkFavoritesThe directory that serves as a common repository for the user's favorite items.
HistoryThe directory that serves as a common repository for Internet history items.
InternetCacheThe directory that serves as a common repository for temporary Internet files.
Supported by the .NET Compact FrameworkSupported by the XNA FrameworkProgramsThe directory that contains the user's program groups.
MyComputerThe "My Computer" folder.
NoteNote:

The MyComputer constant always yields the empty string ("") because no path is defined for the My Computer folder.

MyMusicThe "My Music" folder.
MyPicturesThe "My Pictures" folder.
RecentThe directory that contains the user's most recently used documents.
SendToThe directory that contains the Send To menu items.
Supported by the .NET Compact FrameworkSupported by the XNA FrameworkStartMenuThe directory that contains the Start menu items.
Supported by the .NET Compact FrameworkSupported by the XNA FrameworkStartupThe directory that corresponds to the user's Startup program group.

The system starts these programs whenever a user logs on or starts Windows NT or later, or starts Windows 98.

SystemThe System directory.
TemplatesThe directory that serves as a common repository for document templates.
DesktopDirectoryThe directory used to physically store file objects on the desktop.

Do not confuse this directory with the desktop folder itself, which is a virtual folder.

Supported by the .NET Compact FrameworkSupported by the XNA FrameworkPersonalThe directory that serves as a common repository for documents.

This member is equivalent to MyDocuments.

MyDocumentsThe "My Documents" folder.

This member is equivalent to Personal.

ProgramFilesThe program files directory.
CommonProgramFilesThe directory for components that are shared across applications.

The system special folders are folders such as Program Files, Programs, System, or Startup, which contain common information. Special folders are set by default by the system, or explicitly by the user, when installing a version of Windows.

The GetFolderPath method returns the locations associated with this enumeration. The locations of these folders can have different values on different operating systems, the user can change some of the locations, and the locations are localized.

For more information about special folders, see the CSIDL values topic.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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