Create Custom Shell Folders in Windows

By default, Windows provides shell folders, such as “My Documents,” that provide quick access to common folders. If there are folders you use daily, we found a free program, called My Shell Folder, that allows you to create your own custom shell folders that provide you with quick and easy access to your favorite folders.

Download My Shell Folder from

NOTE: My Shell Folder is supposed to work on all Windows versions. However, when we ran it on a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate, we got an error. Then, we tried it on a 32-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate and it worked.

The file is a compressed file in the .rar format. You can use a program like 7-Zip to extract the file.

My Shell Folder does not require installation. To run the program, simply double-click on the .exe file extracted from the .rar file.

Running My Shell Folder

The My Shell Folder window displays. Enter a title for the folder in the Folder Name edit box. This title displays with the icon in My Computer and on the desktop. If you want your shell folder to display in My Computer, select the Place In “My Computer” check box. To display your shell folder on the desktop, select the Place on Desktop check box.

Entering the Folder Name and selecting places for the shell folder

To select the target folder you want to open when clicking on the shell folder, click the Browse () button to the right of the Select Folder edit box.

Clicking the browse button for Select Folder

The Browse for Folder dialog box displays. Navigate to the folder you want the shell folder to open, select it, and click OK.

Selecting the target folder

To attach an icon to the shell folder, click the Browse () button to the right of the Folder Icon edit box.

Clicking the browse button for Folder Icon

The Select Icon dialog box displays. My Shell Folder supplies some icon files in the Icons folder extracted from the .rar file. We used one of the supplied icon files. You can also use one of your own .ico files for the folder icon. Click Open after you have selected the desired icon file.

Selecting an icon

Click Create Folder to create your new custom shell folder in the location(s) you chose.

Clicking Create Folder

A dialog box displays with a tip on how to view the results of your custom shell folder creation. Click OK to close the dialog box.

Dialog box about pressing F5 to see the results

Here is our custom shell folder on the My Computer window.

The new custom shell folder in My Computer

We also added our custom shell folder to the desktop.

The new custom shell folder on the desktop

If you want to delete your custom shell folders, do not delete them from the My Computer window and the desktop directly. Open My Shell Folder again and click the Delete Folder tab. All the custom shell folders you have created are listed. Select the custom shell folders you want to delete by click the check boxes to the left of the desired folders. Click Delete Folder.

Deleting a custom shell folder

The tip about pressing F5 to view your results displays again.

Dialog box about pressing F5 to see the results

To close My Shell Folder, click Close.

Closing My Shell Folder

My Shell Folder provides an easy way to access your frequently used folders using shortcuts that cannot be renamed or deleted.

by Lori Kaufman

Comments [1]

  1. What is the difference between a shell folder and a shortcut?

    Is it only that a shell folder cannot be renamed or deleted??

    (ie. why choose a shell folder?)

    Or are there other differences??

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