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Open cmd.exe from Explorer

, 18 Apr 2010 CPOL
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Open a cmd console from almost anywhere in Explorer via context menu

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(The installer and uninstaller registry script - content of the download)

Introduction

Did you ever want to open a cmd console directly from a folder in Windows Explorer. Nothing easier than that, but you need to Help Windows a little bit first. To do so, you can use two registry entries under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and you come up with a context menu entry to open a console window from right where you are in Explorer.

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On a Folder or drive

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On a file

The solution works for 'right click' on files, folders, drives and some special folders like "Shared Documents" or "My Documents". It does not work for "Recycler", "Network", "System" and so on.

CmdShellExtention_v1

Using the Code

The tool comes with two registry scripts - an installer and an uninstaller script so you easily can remove the extension from the registry if needed.

Installing the Extension

Here you see the content of the installer script (CmdShellExtention_Install.reg):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\OpenPrompt] 
@="Command Prompt" 

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\OpenPrompt\Command] 
@="cmd.exe /d cd %l" 

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\Shell\OpenPrompt] 
@="Command Prompt" 

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\Shell\OpenPrompt\Command] 
@="cmd.exe /d cd %l" 

Uninstalling the Extension

And here is the content of the script for uninstalling the extension (CmdShellExtention_UnInstall.reg):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\OpenPrompt]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\Shell\OpenPrompt]

That's the trick! Simple but handy. And all without writing a DLL for a shell extension.

Vista and Windows 7

Try "/t":

@="cmd.exe /t cd %l"  

instead of "/d":

@="cmd.exe /d cd %l"

Points of Interest

With these registry entries, you can easy create various types of simple but powerful automation from within the Windows Explorer context menu.

History

  • April 18. 2010 - Version 1.0
    • Initial release with support for click on files, folders, drives and some special folders

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberMunim Abdul21-Apr-10 20:51 
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