Shell Item

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The Windows Shell uses Shell Items (or Shell Item list) to identify items within the Windows Folder Hierarchy. A Shell Item list is much like a "path", and is unique to its parent folder. The format of the Shell Item is undocumented and varies between Windows versions.

The Shell Item is used in Windows Shortcut (LNK) file and the ShellBags key in the Windows Registry.

Format

The basic format is a list, consisting of a (shell item) entry size value (field) and entry data.

There are multiple types of entries to specify different parts of the "path":

  • volume
  • network share
  • file and directory
  • URI

Some shell item entries contain date and time values which can be used in Timeline Analysis.

Example

An example of a shell item list taken from Calculator.lnk

shell item type                     : 0x1f
shell item sort order               : 0x50
shell item folder identifier        : 20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d
shell item folder name              : My Computer

shell item type                     : 0x2f
shell item volume name              : C:\

shell item type                     : 0x31
shell item file size                : 0
shell item modification time        : Dec 31, 2010 13:28:48 UTC
shell item file attribute flags     : 0x0010
        Is directory (FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY)

shell item short name               : WINDOWS
shell item extension size           : 38
shell item extension version        : 3
shell item creation time            : Dec 31, 2010 13:26:18 UTC
shell item access time              : Dec 31, 2010 13:28:52 UTC
shell item long name                : WINDOWS

shell item type                     : 0x31
shell item file size                : 0
shell item modification time        : Dec 31, 2010 13:28:38 UTC
shell item file attribute flags     : 0x0010
        Is directory (FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY)

shell item short name               : system32
shell item extension size           : 40
shell item extension version        : 3
shell item creation time            : Dec 31, 2010 13:26:18 UTC
shell item access time              : Dec 31, 2010 13:28:38 UTC
shell item long name                : system32

shell item type                     : 0x32
shell item file size                : 115712
shell item modification time        : Mar 25, 2003 12:00:00 UTC
shell item file attribute flags     : 0x0020
        Should be archived (FILE_ATTRIBUTE_ARCHIVE)

shell item short name               : calc.exe
shell item extension size           : 40
shell item extension version        : 3
shell item creation time            : Dec 31, 2010 13:06:06 UTC
shell item access time              : Dec 31, 2010 13:06:06 UTC
shell item long name                : calc.exe

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