How can I open the networks folder (equivalent of click "networks" in windows explorer) from a batch file or cmd?

I thought I could just do explorer \\ but that didn't work.

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How can I open the networks folder from a batch file or cmd?

equivalent of click "networks" in windows explorer

It's actually "Network" (singular) not "Networks".

Use the following command:

explorer shell:NetworkPlacesFolder

Source How to Open Hidden System Folders with Windows’ Shell Command

Further Reading


To open special folders in Explorer, use the shell command:

  • Network folder: explorer shell:::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}

Some other examples:

  • This computer: explorer shell:::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}
  • Search dialog: explorer shell:::{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}
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    Hmm. shell:NetworkPlacesFolder is both easier to type and to remember ...
    – DavidPostill
    Jul 1, 2018 at 18:02
  • True... I tried the GUID before you had posted... looks like we dis this almost simultaneously. Jul 1, 2018 at 18:52
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    If you count 22 minutes earlier for my answer as almost ... :)
    – DavidPostill
    Jul 1, 2018 at 18:55
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    My browser was still open to the original post, which did not show your answer. Did not mean to step on your answer. Jul 1, 2018 at 19:15
  • No probs ...... ;)
    – DavidPostill
    Jul 1, 2018 at 19:48

Make a mapping to the shared folder : net use z: \\

and close it afterwards : net use z: /delete

Note: see cmd : net use /? for help z: = examplename driveletter : speaks for itself but every drive has a hidden administrative root share name : z$.

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