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WshSpecialFolders Object

Provides access to the collection of Windows special folders.

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The WshShell object's SpecialFolders property returns the WshSpecialFolders object, which is a collection of special folders. This collection contains references to Windows special folders (for example, the Desktop folder, Start Menu folder, and Personal Documents folder). This collection retrieves paths to special folders using the special folder name as the index. A special folder's path depends on the user environment. The information stored in a special folder is unique to the user logged onto the computer system. If several different users have accounts on the same computer system, several different sets of special folders are stored on the hard disk.

The following special folders are available:

  • AllUsersDesktop

  • AllUsersStartMenu

  • AllUsersPrograms

  • AllUsersStartup

  • Desktop

  • Favorites

  • Fonts

  • MyDocuments

  • NetHood

  • PrintHood

  • Programs

  • Recent

  • SendTo

  • StartMenu

  • Startup

  • Templates

The following script demonstrates the use of the WshSpecialFolders Object:

   <job id="vbs">
      <script language="VBScript">
         set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
         strDesktop = WshShell.SpecialFolders("Desktop")
         set oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(strDesktop & "\Shortcut Script.lnk")
         oShellLink.TargetPath = WScript.ScriptFullName
         oShellLink.WindowStyle = 1
         oShellLink.Hotkey = "CTRL+SHIFT+F"
         oShellLink.IconLocation = "notepad.exe, 0"
         oShellLink.Description = "Shortcut Script"
         oShellLink.WorkingDirectory = strDesktop

   <job id="js">
      <script language="JScript">
         var WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell");
         strDesktop = WshShell.SpecialFolders("Desktop");
         var oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(strDesktop + "\\Shortcut Script.lnk");
         oShellLink.TargetPath = WScript.ScriptFullName;
         oShellLink.WindowStyle = 1;
         oShellLink.Hotkey = "CTRL+SHIFT+F";
         oShellLink.IconLocation = "notepad.exe, 0";
         oShellLink.Description = "Shortcut Script";
         oShellLink.WorkingDirectory = strDesktop;

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