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The Hidden Command Prompt in Vista

Here is another quick Vista trick that will appeal to anyone who uses the Dos Command Prompt.

Often when you have to drop to DOS you click on Start, Type cmd and hit enter (or select it from the menu). The problem is that it takes you to to some folder/ directory and now you need to navigate to the folder you actually want to be in ie. cdwhateversomefolder

With this little TIP you can drop to Command Prompt right to the folder you need to be in !

There are two ways that this can be done:

The First Way: Hold the SHIFT and then Right-Click on the folder that you want to access in the prompt.

Command Prompt1

There second way:

If you are too lazy to remember to hold the SHIFT, you can add the following lines to the Registry file and then when you simply right-click the folder, the “Open Command Prompt Here” will appear

BEFORE we continue – this is messing with the Registry. Back it up before you do anything. If you are not comfortable with adding items to the register, I suggest not doing this at all and just use the method above. I take no responsibility !!!

To do this :

copy and paste these lines into Notepad –

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesFoldershellCommand Prompt] @=”Open Command Prompt Here”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesFoldershellCommand Promptcommand] @=”Cmd.exe /k pushd %L”

Save the File as AddClick.Reg (or anything .REG)

Then double click on the file to add it to the registry.

Once done, all you do is right-click on any folder and you will have this option !

Command Prompt2

No matter which method you use, when you click on the link it will take you to that folder in the DOS prompt

Command Prompt3

I think this is pretty funky !

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Liron Segev - TheTechieGuy

Liron Segev - TheTechieGuy

Liron Segev is an award-winning tech blogger, YouTube strategist, and Podcaster. He helps brands tell their stories in an engaging way that non-techies can relate to. He also drinks way too much coffee! @Liron_Segev on Twitter

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