Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Open any Folder in Explorer from Command Prompt

Suppose you have navigated deep into a complex folder structure using command prompt, like this for example

C:\Users\XXZ\My files\Project\Mega Project\Code\ver 2_2\test24

and realized that it would be a lot easier if I could just use the mouse for this task. Then, what would you do?

Well, you can use the command "start" to open a folder in explorer from the DOS command prompt.

Here's how :

To open the current folder in Explorer, type the following in the command prompt and press [Enter] :

start .

You’ll immediately see an Explorer window to your current folder in your command prompt. Do notice the space and dot after the command.

To open a directory of your choice from command prompt,  type :

start <path of the directory>

For example :

start C:\ProgramData

If you want Windows Explorer to open the parent folder of the current location, just type :

start ..

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