Friday, 29 November 2019

Getting a CMD window in a Windows 10 folder

Pre-Windows 10, I was able to to use the Shift and right-click menu in File Explorer to access a command window in the particular folder that I was in. This wee trick was great for me to be able to list the contents of the folder (using the printit command in DOS: more on that here). 

Unfortunately, I now appear stuck with the new navy blue Windows "Power Shell" window which does not play as nicely. While I can still go to the search function and key in "CMD" to bring up the command window, it is a pain in the proverbial to have to key in the entire folder location string. I have tried to reset this by turning the "Settings |Personalisation | Taskbar | Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows logo key and X off" ...but it doesn't turn off. Not even after several restarts. <sigh>.

However, help is at hand. I learned an even neater shortcut: simply key CMD into the address bar of the File Explorer window. I get a good old DOS command window opening in the folder that I need the function to run in.

Fantastic!!


Sam

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