Windows XP PowerToys: Open Command Window Here

I discussed previously how to add an entry to the Windows context menu that would allow you to open a Cygwin bash shell with the current working directory set to the directory you clicked on. Someone commented on that entry that they have a similar entry for the Windows command prompt. I do as well (although it sees very little use compared to the Cygwin entry) and for those who work in Windows this is something of which they should be aware.

The tools is creatively titled “Open Command Window Here” and is one of the PowerToys for Windows XP from Microsoft. There are a lot of neat little tools in the PowerToys which probably should have been part of Windows XP from the beginning (in particular Tweak UI). If you’re working in Windows check out the PowerToys as they can make your life a little simpler.

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  2. ZeHa Says:

    I did that by hand by manipulating the registry folder HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell. The advantage is, you can define the command line string as you like, so you can even set your console window to a different color. That way, you can also define 3 console commands (e.g. console green, console blue, console orange or something), which is extremely useful when you’ve got to deal with tons of console windows at the same time 🙂

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