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
- Open the folder in Windows.
- Hold down the SHIFT key while right clicking an empty area in the folder.
- 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.