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Special Folders

CSIDL_FLAG_CREATE - 0x8000
Version 5.0. Combine this CSIDL with any of the following CSIDLs to force the creation of the associated folder.

CSIDL_ADMINTOOLS - 0x0030
Version 5.0. The file system directory that is used to store administrative tools for an individual user. The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) will save customized consoles to this directory, and it will roam with the user.

CSIDL_ALTSTARTUP - 0x001d
The file system directory that corresponds to the user's nonlocalized Startup program group.

CSIDL_APPDATA - 0x001a
Version 4.71. The file system directory that serves as a common repository for application-specific data. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data. This CSIDL is supported by the redistributable Shfolder.dll for systems that do not have the Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 integrated Shell installed.

CSIDL_BITBUCKET - 0x000a
The virtual folder containing the objects in the user's Recycle Bin.

CSIDL_CDBURN_AREA - 0x003b
Version 6.0. The file system directory acting as a staging area for files waiting to be written to CD. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning.

CSIDL_COMMON_ADMINTOOLS - 0x002f
Version 5.0. The file system directory containing administrative tools for all users of the computer.

CSIDL_COMMON_ALTSTARTUP - 0x001e
The file system directory that corresponds to the nonlocalized Startup program group for all users. Valid only for Microsoft Windows NT systems.

CSIDL_COMMON_APPDATA - 0x0023
Version 5.0. The file system directory containing application data for all users. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data.

CSIDL_COMMON_DESKTOPDIRECTORY - 0x0019
The file system directory that contains files and folders that appear on the desktop for all users. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop. Valid only for Windows NT systems.

CSIDL_COMMON_DOCUMENTS - 0x002e
The file system directory that contains documents that are common to all users. A typical paths is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents. Valid for Windows NT systems and Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows 98 systems with Shfolder.dll installed.

CSIDL_COMMON_FAVORITES - 0x001f
The file system directory that serves as a common repository for favorite items common to all users. Valid only for Windows NT systems.

CSIDL_COMMON_MUSIC - 0x0035
Version 6.0. The file system directory that serves as a repository for music files common to all users. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music.

CSIDL_COMMON_PICTURES - 0x0036
Version 6.0. The file system directory that serves as a repository for image files common to all users. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Pictures.

CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS - 0x0017
The file system directory that contains the directories for the common program groups that appear on the Start menu for all users. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs. Valid only for Windows NT systems.

CSIDL_COMMON_STARTMENU - 0x0016
The file system directory that contains the programs and folders that appear on the Start menu for all users. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu. Valid only for Windows NT systems.

CSIDL_COMMON_STARTUP - 0x0018
The file system directory that contains the programs that appear in the Startup folder for all users. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. Valid only for Windows NT systems.

CSIDL_COMMON_TEMPLATES - 0x002d
The file system directory that contains the templates that are available to all users. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Templates. Valid only for Windows NT systems.

CSIDL_COMMON_VIDEO - 0x0037
Version 6.0. The file system directory that serves as a repository for video files common to all users. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Videos.

CSIDL_COMPUTERSNEARME - 0x003d
The folder representing other machines in your workgroup.

CSIDL_CONNECTIONS - 0x0031
The virtual folder representing Network Connections, containing network and dial-up connections.

CSIDL_CONTROLS - 0x0003
The virtual folder containing icons for the Control Panel applications.

CSIDL_COOKIES - 0x0021
The file system directory that serves as a common repository for Internet cookies. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Cookies.

CSIDL_DESKTOP - 0x0000
The virtual folder representing the Windows desktop, the root of the namespace.

CSIDL_DESKTOPDIRECTORY - 0x0010
The file system directory used to physically store file objects on the desktop (not to be confused with the desktop folder itself). A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Desktop.

CSIDL_DRIVES - 0x0011
The virtual folder representing My Computer, containing everything on the local computer: storage devices, printers, and Control Panel. The folder may also contain mapped network drives.

CSIDL_FAVORITES - 0x0006
The file system directory that serves as a common repository for the user's favorite items. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Favorites.

CSIDL_FONTS - 0x0014
A virtual folder containing fonts. A typical path is C:\Windows\Fonts.

CSIDL_HISTORY - 0x0022
The file system directory that serves as a common repository for Internet history items.

CSIDL_INTERNET - 0x0001
A virtual folder representing the Internet.

CSIDL_INTERNET_CACHE - 0x0020
Version 4.72. The file system directory that serves as a common repository for temporary Internet files. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files.

CSIDL_LOCAL_APPDATA - 0x001c
Version 5.0. The file system directory that serves as a data repository for local (nonroaming) applications. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data.

CSIDL_MYDOCUMENTS - 0x000c
Version 6.0. The virtual folder representing the My Documents desktop item.

CSIDL_MYMUSIC - 0x000d
The file system directory that serves as a common repository for music files. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\My Music.

CSIDL_MYPICTURES - 0x0027
Version 5.0. The file system directory that serves as a common repository for image files. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Pictures.

CSIDL_MYVIDEO - 0x000e
Version 6.0. The file system directory that serves as a common repository for video files. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Videos.

CSIDL_NETHOOD - 0x0013
A file system directory containing the link objects that may exist in the My Network Places virtual folder. It is not the same as CSIDL_NETWORK, which represents the network namespace root. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\NetHood.

CSIDL_NETWORK - 0x0012
A virtual folder representing Network Neighborhood, the root of the network namespace hierarchy.

CSIDL_PERSONAL - 0x0005
Version 6.0. The virtual folder representing the My Documents desktop item. This is equivalent to CSIDL_MYDOCUMENTS. Previous to Version 6.0. The file system directory used to physically store a user's common repository of documents. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents. This should be distinguished from the virtual My Documents folder in the namespace. To access that virtual folder, use SHGetFolderLocation, which returns the ITEMIDLIST for the virtual location, or refer to the technique described in Managing the File System.

CSIDL_PHOTOALBUMS - 0x0045
Note This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change. Windows Vista and later. The virtual folder used to store photo albums, typically username\My Pictures\Photo Albums.

CSIDL_PLAYLISTS - 0x003f
Note This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change. Windows Vista and later. The virtual folder used to store play albums, typically username\My Music\Playlists.

CSIDL_PRINTERS - 0x0004
The virtual folder containing installed printers.

CSIDL_PRINTHOOD - 0x001b
The file system directory that contains the link objects that can exist in the Printers virtual folder. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\PrintHood.

CSIDL_PROFILE - 0x0028
Version 5.0. The user's profile folder. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username. Applications should not create files or folders at this level; they should put their data under the locations referred to by CSIDL_APPDATA or CSIDL_LOCAL_APPDATA.

CSIDL_PROGRAM_FILES - 0x0026
Version 5.0. The Program Files folder. A typical path is C:\Program Files.

CSIDL_PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON - 0x002b
Version 5.0. A folder for components that are shared across applications. A typical path is C:\Program Files\Common. Valid only for Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP systems. Not valid for Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me).

CSIDL_PROGRAMS - 0x0002
The file system directory that contains the user's program groups (which are themselves file system directories). A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs.

CSIDL_RECENT - 0x0008
The file system directory that contains shortcuts to the user's most recently used documents. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Recent Documents. To create a shortcut in this folder, use SHAddToRecentDocs. In addition to creating the shortcut, this function updates the Shell's list of recent documents and adds the shortcut to the My Recent Documents submenu of the Start menu.

CSIDL_SAMPLE_MUSIC - 0x0040
Note This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change. Windows Vista and later. The file system directory that contains sample music. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\Sample Music.

CSIDL_SAMPLE_PLAYLISTS - 0x0041
Note This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change. Windows Vista and later. The file system directory that contains sample playlists. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\Sample Playlists.

CSIDL_SAMPLE_PICTURES - 0x0042
Note This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change. Windows Vista and later. The file system directory that contains sample pictures. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Pictures\Sample Pictures.

CSIDL_SAMPLE_VIDEOS - 0x0043
Note This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change. Windows Vista and later. The file system directory that contains sample videos. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Videos\Sample Videos.

CSIDL_SENDTO - 0x0009
The file system directory that contains Send To menu items. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\SendTo.

CSIDL_STARTMENU - 0x000b
The file system directory containing Start menu items. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu.

CSIDL_STARTUP - 0x0007
The file system directory that corresponds to the user's Startup program group. The system starts these programs whenever any user logs onto Windows NT or starts Windows 95. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

CSIDL_SYSTEM - 0x0025
Version 5.0. The Windows System folder. A typical path is C:\Windows\System32.

CSIDL_TEMPLATES - 0x0015
The file system directory that serves as a common repository for document templates. A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\username\Templates.

CSIDL_WINDOWS - 0x0024
Version 5.0. The Windows directory or SYSROOT. This corresponds to the %windir% or %SYSTEMROOT% environment variables. A typical path is C:\Windows.