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Environment.SpecialFolder Enumeration

When it is called by trusted applications, 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 Silverlight for Windows PhoneSupported by Xbox 360ApplicationDataThe 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 Silverlight for Windows PhoneSupported by Xbox 360FavoritesThe 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 Silverlight for Windows PhoneSupported by Xbox 360ProgramsThe 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.
MyVideosThe "My Videos" folder.
RecentThe directory that contains the user's most recently used documents.
SendToThe directory that contains the Send To menu items.
Supported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneSupported by Xbox 360StartMenuThe directory that contains the Start menu items.
Supported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneSupported by Xbox 360StartupThe 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 Silverlight for Windows PhoneSupported by Xbox 360PersonalThe directory that serves as a common repository for documents.
MyDocumentsThe "My Documents" folder.
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 uses these enumerated constants to designate the special folder path to retrieve.

Platform Notes

Silverlight for Windows Phone Silverlight for Windows Phone

This type is present to support the .NET Compact Framework infrastructure in Silverlight for Windows Phone, and it is not intended to be used in your application code.

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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