Windows uses a lot of special folders to store different types of user data in order to customize the user experience of the operating system. For instance, there are special folders for storing application settings and files, other special folders are used for storing Internet files, saving temporary files, storing shortcuts to other files, and so on.

If you want to see the data stored in different Windows special folders, you have to know the exact path to that special folder. If you do not know the exact path, then it is very difficult for an average Windows user to get to that special folder.

NirSoft SpecialFoldersView – A great utility to Browse Windows Special Folders at one Place

NirSoft has developed a handy utility, which allows you to get all the Windows Special Folders at one place, and you can browse through their content easily. You are not expected to remember the complete path.

This utility displays the list of all special folders in your system, and allows you to easily jump to the right folder simply by double-clicking the folder item. You can also save the list of all folder paths into text/html/xml file.

windows special folders view

SpecialFoldersView doesn’t require any installation process or additional DLL files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file – SpecialFoldersView.exe . The main window of SpecialFoldersView displays the list of all special folders in your system. In order to open the desired folder in Explorer, simply double-click the desired folder item.

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PS.: If you are interested to know, following is a list of Windows Special Folders in Windows XP

  • Application Data : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data
  • CD Burning : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning
  • Common Administrative Tools : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
  • Common Application Data : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data
  • Common Desktop : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
  • Common Documents : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents
  • Common Favorites : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Favorites
  • Common Music : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music
  • Common Pictures : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Pictures
  • Common Start Menu : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
  • Common Start Menu Programs : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs
  • Common Startup : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • Common Templates : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Templates
  • Common Video : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Videos
  • Cookies : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Cookies
  • Desktop : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop
  • Favorites : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Favorites
  • Fonts : C:\WINDOWS\Fonts
  • History : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\History
  • Local Application Data : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data
  • My Documents : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents
  • My Music : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\My Music
  • My Pictures : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\My Pictures
  • NetHood : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\NetHood
  • PrintHood : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\PrintHood
  • Profile Folder : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator
  • Program Files : C:\Program Files
  • Program Files – Common : C:\Program Files\Common Files
  • Recent : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Recent
  • Send To : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\SendTo
  • Start Menu : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu
  • Start Menu Programs : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs
  • Startup : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • System Directory : C:\WINDOWS\system32
  • Templates : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Templates
  • Temporary Folder : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\
  • Temporary Internet Files : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
  • Windows Directory : C:\WINDOWS