4 Ways To Open Command Window in a Folder In Windows 10

Command Prompt is the command-line which enables users to execute different programs and commands. Microsoft is slowly removing command prompt support from all its major Windows platforms. PowerShell is the alternative to Command Prompt which supports almost all the commands of DOS and much more. Some users still want to run Command Prompt instead of PowerShell.

If the program you want to run in Command Prompt is not listed in PATH variable, the Command Prompt will give you an error that it could not find the executable file. For this we need to manually go to the folder where that particular program is placed. One way of doing this is to type in the complete path of the file. Another way is to directly open the command prompt windows inside the folder. The second approach is more visual and easy to implement.

In this article, we will discuss about different techniques by which we can open command windows in a folder, the most popular being “Open Command Windows Here” context menu item. Let’s start.

Add Open Command Window Here to context menu using Registry Editor

  1. Click Windows + R then type regedit.
  2. Registry editor window will open. After that go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. Further go into Directory\shell\cmd
  3. and right click Permissions. The following window will appear.

    permissions window
  4. Then click on Advanced option.
  5. After that click on change on the top of the window
  6. Type your username in “Enter the object name to select” and then click on check name to validate that name.
  7. Press Apply and then OK. When you are done with that Administrative modes in Group or user names of permissions for cmd window and tick Allow on Full control. Click Apply and then OK
  8. When you are done with that, click on HideBasedonVelocityID and Rename it ShowBasedonVelocityId
  9. Now when you click Shift and right click you will see the option “Open Command Window here

This will permanently add “Open Command Window here” in Windows Context menu. After editing the Registry, you will be able to open command prompt by right clicking inside any folder and selecting “Open Command Window Here”.

Add Open Command Window Here using the REG file

This is basically the same method listed above. For your ease, we have created a REG file for all the actions mentioned above. You just have to download and run the REG file. It will automatically add the desired values inside the Windows Registry.

  Add Open Command Window Here to Context Menu.reg (304 bytes, 3,864 hits)

If the value does not come after running this file, please try restarting Windows Explorer or the computer.

Open Command Prompt In A Folder Using Keyboard Shortcut?

If you are in a hurry then this is the easiest method of opening Command Prompt inside the folder. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the required folder.
  2. The press Shift + right click mouse button any where on the folder window.
  3. Select “Open command windows here” option from the context menu.

Using CMD command in File Explorer to open Command Prompt Window

You can open a command prompt in any of your desired folder by using the file explorer location bar.

  1. Go to your desired folder and click on the location bar of Windows Explorer.
  2. Then type cmd and press Enter key.
  3. The command prompt will be opened in the folder.

One drawback of this technique is that it will open the command prompt in the regular user privilege mode and not in the administrative mode. To open it in administrative mode.

Select Windows + R and type cmd .

Click Ctrl+Shift+Enter instead of just hitting enter to open the Command Prompt in administrative mode.

Add “Open Command Window Here” with Administrative privileges in the context menu

In order to “open Command Window here ” with administrative privileges you  can download the following file.

  Open Command Window Here (Administrator) to context menu.reg (215 bytes, 2,020 hits)

This will add the context menu settings for admin command prompt.

How to get back Command Prompt in Win+X menu?

In order to change the Windows Powershell options with Command Prompt go to Settings –> Personalization –> Taskbar.  After that turn off the option of “Replace Command Prompt with Windows Powershell Option in the menu when i right click the start button or press Windows key +X”.

The Command Prompt still remains an important part of Windows Operating System and using the methods discussed above, you will be able to make productive use of your time by using shortcuts. What is your favorite method of running command prompt without typing in the folder paths?

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