How to Open the Windows Vista Command Prompt within a Specific Folder

By Woody Leonhard

Many advanced Windows commands are best issued from the command prompt (you know, the old DOS-like C:> command line). Advanced Vista users have long been frustrated by the hassle of Vista’s enormous pathnames at the command prompt. You can get around that problem by opening a command prompt within a specific folder in Windows Vista.

If you have a 64-bit system, the default command prompt opens in the C:WindowsSystem64 directory. Alternatively, a 32-bit system opens in the C:WindowsSystem32 directory.

  1. Open the folder in which you want to open the command prompt.

  2. Hold down the Shift key and right-click a blank space within the folder; then choose Open Command Window Here.

    Vista brings up the command prompt, based in the selected folder.

  3. When you’re finished, just click the X to close the command window.