Use "Command Prompt Here" in Windows Vista

By Lowell Heddings on March 15th, 2007

A very popular registry hack for Windows XP was the “Command Prompt Here” hack, that would automatically open a command prompt window in the directory that you had clicked on.

Windows Vista includes this ability right out of the box, it’s just not immediately obvious, because it’s hidden behind a shortcut key.

To activate this, just hold down the Shift key when you right-click on a folder, and you should see the Open Command Window Here menu item:

Just like that, a command window opens with that path as the working directory

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/15/07
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