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Sunday, September 12, 2010

How to Open the Windows Command Prompt from any Folder

How to Open the Windows Command Prompt from any Folder

Before I start giving tips about specific applications of the command line in Windows, I want to point out a way to open the command line prompt that will often simplify things. If you are working with files from a particular folder, it can save a lot of typing if you open the command prompt so that it points directly to your working folder. If you use the general method of opening the command line, you will have to enter the complete path for files

Windows XP

There is a free Microsoft Power Toy called “Open Command Window Here” that can be downloaded at this link. Install this small file and the right-click context menu for folders will contain an entry “Open Command Window Here.” All you have to do is right-click a folder and select this entry to get a command window that is referenced to the folder.

Windows Vista/7

In the newer versions of Windows, you do not have to install anything. Simply hold down the Shift key and right-click a folder. The context menu will contain an entry, ‘Open command window here.”

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