Expand Special Folder on the Start Menu (All Windows)

Want easy access to the contents of a special folder? With this tip you can add an expanding special folders to the start menu for quick shortcuts to their contents.

The first step is find the system ID of the folder you want to add, these ID's can be found under the [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID] key. The Control Panel's key is called [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}] and the ID is the last set of number after CLSID, in this case '{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}'.

Once you've found the ID the hard work is done, now all you need to do is right-click on the Start button and chose open.

Now create a new folder with the name of the folder followed by a dot and the folder ID. For Control Panel create a new folder called 'Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}'. The new folder should now change into the Control Panel logo. Close the explorer window and click on the Start button, and there should now be a new expanding folder for the Control Panel.