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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.
- Open your registry (regedit)
- Go to the following key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell
- Add this key: CmdPrompt
and set its default value to: "Command Prompt"
- 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".