How to open a folder in a DOS command prompt window

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In this guide, we'll explain how to open a folder (or directory) in a DOS command prompt window. This is also sometimes called the Windows command line. It's useful when you need to run programs that don't have a graphical user interface (or GUI).

For Windows 8.1, 8, 7, and Vista

  1. Open the folder in Windows.
  2. Hold down the SHIFT key while right clicking an empty area in the folder.
  3. You should see an option to "Open command window here".

For Windows XP

Windows XP doesn't allow you to open a folder in a command prompt window by default, but you can enable this functionality by installing Microsoft's CmdHerePowertoySetup.exe. Once that's installed, you can follow the Windows 7 directions mentioned above.

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  • Dave Burton August 9, 20167:45 am

    Shift-right-click? Wow! Who knew??

    Thanks for this very useful info.

    Works in Win10, too, BTW.

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