Windows pro tip: command line from explorer

You ever have that time when you’ve navigated to the folder you want to be in and it’s something like “c:\Program Files (x86)\Docunaut\Special Delivery Masters\exim\99292930010499502–1939930202ex\Runtime 6\exports\spatulas\final\399492” and now you need to get into a command prompt there?

TL;DR – probably old news but type “cmd” or “Powershell” in an explorer window and you’ll be at a command line in that directory.

I’ve been in IT for this century and for a good chunk of the last 10 years of last century and had been copying the address from the title bar, start, cmd, “cd ” right click, paste, enter, for most of my days.

Well no longer… or maybe this is old news to you and you’re pointing and laughing at me as the last to the party / writing an Olive Garden review – if you’ve got the Explorer window where you want to be, go to the address bar and type “cmd” or “powershell” and you’ll have a command window with that directory.

It does not appear you can pass any command lines, but you can have a prompt right where you need it.

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