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Language: Win2K,Win95,WinNT
Expertise: Intermediate
Apr 15, 2000

Open MS-DOS prompt from any directory in Explorer

By adding a couple Registry keys you can add a commond to the context menu that appear when you right-click a directory when inside Windows Explorer. The new command lets you open the MS-DOS prompt and navigate to that directory with just one mouse click:


Start of the REG file

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\DosPrompt]
@="Run MS-DOS Prompt here"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\DosPrompt\Command]
@="Cmd /k CD \"%L\" "

End of the REG file
To apply this script, copy the lines to the clipboard, paste them in Notepad, and save to a file named Prompt.Reg, and finally double-click the file to add these two keys to the Registry.

ATTENTION: the above script is for Windows NT and Windows 2000. Windows 95/98 uses should modify the last line as follows:


@="Command /k CD \"%L\" "
Notice that the /K switch tells CMD or COMMAND to execute the specified command and then stay open. You can execute a more complex sequence of commands by gathering them in a batch file and running it instead of the CD command. In some cases you can execute multiple commands without even a batch file. For example, modify the last line as follows to change directory and modify the background color to blue:

@="Cmd /k CD \"%L\" | COLOR 1F"
Francesco Balena
 
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