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Starting a DOS prompt from Windows Explorer

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How to start a dos prompt by right-clicking on a folder in Windows Explorer
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Introduction

Even if a lot of operations can be done directly from the Windows Explorer, it is still necessary, sometimes, to open a DOS prompt to perform a particular task. Typing the full path of a directory can be really annoying. Recently, I've learned a way of starting a DOS prompt with its current directory set to a particular folder The following steps will show you how to add an entry in the pop-up menu that appears when you right-click on a folder from the Windows Explorer. Selecting this entry will open a DOS prompt with its current directory set to the folder you just right-clicked.
  1. Open your registry (regedit)

  2. Go to the following key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell
  3. Add this key: CmdPrompt and set its default value to: "Command Prompt"
  4. Under this new key, add the following key: Command and set its default value to: "c:\winnt\system32\cmd.exe"

You should now have this tree in your registry:

That's it. Now, whenever you will right-click on a folder, the pop-up menu will contain an entry called "Command Prompt".

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GeneralOr paste cmd.bat into the directory... Pin
craig4wd27-Aug-08 22:05
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GeneralRe: Or paste cmd.bat into the directory... Pin
aprilkacau10-Oct-10 10:31
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GeneralNOTE: change Path on XP to WINDOWS for command key Pin
tedzzz14-Sep-06 6:19
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GeneralAllow UNC paths Pin
Jose Xavier4-Nov-04 6:04
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QuestionDOS or not? Pin
ajvn724-Sep-04 23:41
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GeneralAn even easier way for XP Pin
coderitr22-Jun-03 3:28
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GeneralRe: An even easier way for XP Pin
saltynuts20029-Sep-03 20:03
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GeneralRe: An even easier way for XP Pin
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GeneralRe: An even easier way for XP Pin
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GeneralRe: An even easier way for XP Pin
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GeneralTry this Pin
mgomez15-Jan-03 2:34
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GeneralWin XP problem Pin
Gerard Nicol22-May-02 15:01
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GeneralKeeping it simple is great, but taking it a bit further... Pin
Daniel Madden28-Apr-02 20:55
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GeneralVery good! Man Pin
Anonymous10-Apr-02 12:58
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QuestionHow to do this to a file? Pin
Niklas7918-Feb-02 20:34
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AnswerRe: How to do this to a file? Pin
Anonymous18-Apr-02 9:16
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GeneralSafest yet Easiest way Pin
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GeneralRe: Safest yet Easiest way Pin
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GeneralThat's always been good.... Pin
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