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The reverse is true as well. Typing "explorer ." will open Explorer from the command line for the current directory you are in. That comes in useful on occasions.
My XP method is to:Go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Right click on cmd.exeSend to Desktop (shortcut)Right click on the Desktop shortcutClear the start in parameterOn the address line of any Explorer directory, start typing cmd and you will get a list of any icons on the Desktop starting...
Here are a couple of other ways:Microsoft PowertoysSend to ToysManually add the context menuThrough batch fileThrough the RegistryAdd Command Prompt here Shortcut to Windows Explorer[^].
This hidden key-click combination adds the ability to open a command prompt window from a Windows Explorer view.
You could try http://win.code65536.com/[^]. The first link here is an 'open command prompt' (freeware).Unlike most, you can click on folder background to open it up to that directory.