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Open The Command Prompt In Any Directory


A very powerful tool native to the Windows platform, Is the Command Prompt that allows users to perform an array of tasks, such as renaming and deleting files & folders, formatting disks and the list goes on. Sometimes, you need to navigate to certain directories by executing commands, which can be a lengthy and somewhat frustrating process. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to easily open the Command Prompt In any directory/folder of your choice.


I'm a heavy user of the Command Prompt on a daily basis, which Involves executing It In certain Windows directories to get the job done. Rather than manually entering a given directory Into the Command Prompt console, I will demonstrate how to open It In any File Explorer window with Incredible ease.

Once you've read this article, you'll be amazed at just how easy the process Is. So without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:
For the purpose of this guide, I shall execute the Command Prompt In the C:\Program Files folder. So firstly, I need to navigate there as Illustrated below.



Step Two:
Now here's easiest method that you'll come across. Simply type cmd In the File Explorer address bar, and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.



Step Three:
As you can see, the Command Prompt has executed In the Program Files directory. Let's try another location In the next step.



Step Four:
Just to demonstrate that It can be done almost anywhere, I've navigated to my System32 directory, namely C:\Windows\System32.



Step Five:
Upon entering cmd In the File Explorer address bar (as per Step Two above), the Command Prompt Instantly opened In the System32 folder.



Step Six:
Now here's a nifty little trick, that opens the parent folder (preceding folder) by entering start.. with the two dots/period at the end of start. For Instance, I'm currently In the System32 folder, and It will go back to the Windows folder. This Is shown In the next step.



Last Step:
After entering start.. as you can see, It's navigated back to It's parent folder, namely Windows.



Final Thoughts:
If you're anything like myself, and use the Command Prompt quite often each and every day to perform a wide range of tasks, you'd understand the need to navigate to directories by physically entering their path. This tutorial will save you a lot of time, and will also prevent human error when Incorrect commands are entered. It doesn't get any easier than this.
Enjoy.



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