Get Special Folders (ie Desktop location)

Peter Hansen peter at
Tue Nov 30 16:09:33 CET 2004

Colin Steadman wrote:
> I'm just starting out writing Python scripts (in PSP), and need to
> find the location of Windows special folders such as 'My Documents'
> and 'Desktop' so that I can save files in the right place.  Is there
> any method I can use in Python to get these?
> If I were doing this in VBScript it'd be:
>   Dim    WSHShell
>   Set    WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
>   msgbox WSHShell.SpecialFolders("Desktop")

Use COM:

 >>> from win32com.client import Dispatch
 >>> w = Dispatch('WScript.Shell')
 >>> w.SpecialFolders('Desktop')
u'C:\\Documents and Settings\\Colin\\Desktop'


P.S.: Yes, I edited the result to look like yours might. ;-)

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